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About Patrick Scully

The video above really cuts to the chase. I suggest you start there. Below, I try to give a bit bigger perspective on all of this. Thanks!

I am committed to living my life as freely, consciously, and creatively as possible, and in the process creating space for others to do the same. My life as an artist began as part of a dance collective, Contactworks, back in the 70’s. We were all equal as artists. In the 80’s, at Patrick's Cabaret, I created a permeable fourth wall, with the audience invited to imagine themselves on stage.

My art continues to evolve. I continue to create events that invite everyone to join in, as artists, and as audience. I aim to make my independence sustainable. So, how am I going to survive?
With faith and courage. It's a spiritual thing. Really.

But I do not foresee living on air and light. The Buddhists have a system called Dana. It's about giving. One voluntarily gives money to support things in the community one wishes to have continue. It's not so different from the Christian tradition of supporting a church. My parents and grandparents went to church regularly and gave to their churches. That's not true for me, and I think it is not the case for many people of my generation and younger. Many of us turn to the arts for our spiritual sustenance.

So, I hope to have people recognize the importance of a tradition of giving. Giving to support the sources of their spiritual lives. I envision people deciding to support me, in order to support my continuing contributions to our cultural community.

In the 49 years since I first performed at the Walker, one thing has stayed constant: I keep making work, presenting performances. I plan to continue, and have launched this Patreon page to encourage support for this. 
Here's a short list of my plans for the near future:
  1. The 3rd Act - I recently premiered this at Illusion Theater. I continue to revise the show, and am making plans to get it into the world in multiple contexts. Making sense of being old in an ageist world. 
  2. Patrick's Cabaret - I started the cabaret in 1986, as a stage for me and others. When Covid hit, I revived Patrick's Cabaret, helping to keep artists and audiences connected. I plan to continue indefinitely, even once Covid is far behind us.
  3. Looking Back, Moving Forward - a retrospective. A lot of the work I have created in the past 50 years has been recorded, and I plan to use Patrick's Cabaret as a format to present much of it again. This will also revisit the network of artists I have built in the last half century.   
  4. Leaves of Grass - Illuminated - Once it is again safe to perform in person, I plan to again tour this show. To date, I have been to about half of the counties in Minnesota. I aim to get to all of them. In the meanwhile, I continue to build connections to communities that have not yet seen this show.
  5. The Dance is Not Over - Mark Wojahn is making a documentary film about my life and work. This is his project, but clearly, I want to do everything I can to help Mark finish the film, and get it out into the world. 
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