Merce Cunningham and Patricia Lent in Pictures. Photo by Peter Sayers 1985
Patricia Lent was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984 to 1993, dancing in over forty works including Pictures, Fabrications, August Pace, and CRWDSPCR. She then joined White Oak Dance Project (1994-1996), performing dances by Hanya Holm, Mark Morris, Tere O’Connor and Merce Cunningham. After earning a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education, she taught second and third grade at P.S. 234 in Lower Manhattan (1998-2007). Lent began teaching technique and repertory workshops at the Merce Cunningham Studio in the late 1980s. In recent years, she has staged Cunningham’s work for numerous schools and companies, including Fabrications for MCDC and Ballet de Lorraine, Scramble for Repertory Dance Theater, Duets for American Ballet Theatre, Channels/Inserts and Exchange for Lyon Opera Ballet, Beach Birds and Change of Address for University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Roaratorio for MCDC’s Legacy Tour. In 2009, Lent was named a trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust. She currently serves as the Trust’s Director of Licensing in which capacity she is responsible for initiating and supervising staging projects for professional companies, museums, conservatories, and schools worldwide.