Co-Founders:
Gina Patterson 
Gina Patterson has been hailed as a choreographer of “startling originality” (Back Stage) and “engaging creativity” (Richard Christensen) and is the artistic director of VOICE Dance Company, a project-based laboratory for her work. 

With a long career as a principal artist, Ms. Patterson brings to her art a rich and varied background in both classical ballet and contemporary dance. Her love of music and artist’s outlook of the world brings a unique perspective to her work, propelling her interest in bringing a muilti-disciplinary, collaborative element to her work and process.

She was awarded the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreographer, and was selected five times for the Ballet Builder's Showcase in New York. She was recently nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award - Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Ms. Patterson is a winner of the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition and the National Choreographic Initiative, and her ballets have been presented internationally in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Spain.  Since 1998, she has created over 70 original works for companies including VOICE, MADCO, Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, CoDa21, Ballet Austin, Ballet Concierto, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Florida, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet, DanceWorks Chicago, Imagery, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet East, Interlochen Arts Academy, Point Park University, Goucher College and the University of Iowa. In May of 2013, Ms. Patterson’s unique version of Romeo and Juliet for CoDa21 had its world premiere bringing audiences roaring to their feet. … but the flowers have yet to come, her recent commission from Nashville Ballet with Matthew Perryman Jones and Emily Leonard is the most recent of her many multi-disciplinary works featuring collaborators. Others include: set and costume designer Jorge Gallardo; lighting designers Tony Tucci, Burke Brown; musicians Peter Bradley Adams, Tucker Livingston, Gary Nicholson, Sons of the Never Wrong, Hannah Ayrault, and DBR; visual artist Eliza Thomas; and theatre artists Sara Lovett and Pollyanna Theater.

Ms. Patterson was known as a versatile, consummate performer and has worked with many prominent choreographers, dancing principal roles in the classical repertoire as well as in contemporary works. Being named winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1985 jump started her performing career that led her to tour Germany and Switzerland with the Pittsburgh Opera. Early training included scholarships with Mansur Kamaledinov, Joffrey Ballet under Francesca Corkle, Pittsburgh Ballet with German Zamuel, and was a scholarship awardee at the Jackson International Ballet Competition to Saratoga Springs.

She joined Ballet Austin in 1988, dancing principal roles ranging from Juliet to Desdemona in John Butler’s Othello. She originated many roles in works by Stephen Mills and Lambros Lambrou. In 1996, she was invited to join Ballet Florida, and danced a diverse repertoire including works by Vicente Nebrada, Ben Stevenson, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Mauricio Wainrot, Norbert Vesak, Daniel Ezralow, Sean Lavery, and Trey McIntyre. She has performed in Canada, Iceland, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and France. She has also appeared as a guest artist around the US and has performed in the Joyce Theater, at Lincoln Center, and at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Patterson returned to Ballet Austin in 2000 and continued to perform principal roles such as Giselle, Kitri, Juliet, Odette/Odile and Ophelia partnered by Desmond Richardson in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet as well as repertoire works by Mills, George Balanchine, David Nixon, David Parsons, Dwight Rhoden, Thaddeus Davis, and Ulysses Dove.

Awards and Recognition
2002 Choo San Goh Award for Choreography - given by the Choo San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreographer - given by the Austin Circle of Theaters
Winner: 2005 National Choreographic Competition - Hubbard Street 2
Winner: 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009 Ballet Builders - New Choreographers On Point
Winner: 2006 National Choreographic Initiative - Irvine, California
Austin Chronicle Top Ten Dance Events in 2006 - Gina Patterson and Eric Midgley for performance and choreography
Austin Critics Table Award for Best Dancer - multiple years
Jackson International Ballet Competition - Selected for US team and awarded scholarships

Eric Midgley
ERIC MIDGLEY was born in Canada and began his dance career in 1979, performing throughout western Canada and the Pacific Northwest with the Veselka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. In 1989, Mr. Midgley graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School before joining Ballet Florida in West Palm Beach. In 2001, he joined Ballet Austin and remained there until 2008. He has also appeared as a member of Juegos del Arte, Maximum Dance, and as a guest artist around the nation. Audiences in Austin and Edinburgh have also enjoyed his performances with American Repertory Ensemble.

He has originated dozens of roles and became known not only for his technique, but also for his versatility and artistry. Performing an extremely wide repertoire, he has danced classical and contemporary ballets in Canada, the US, France, Scotland, Slovenia and Italy. He has had the privilege of dancing the works of world-renowned choreographers, including Patterson, Mills, Tharp, Ailey, Butler, Caniparoli, Nebrada, Balanchine, Martins, Soleau, Ezralow, Kylian, Van Manen, Taylor-Corbett, Sappington, Lubovitch, McIntyre, Parsons, Forsythe, and Wainrot. 
    
In 1996, Mr. Midgley co-founded Step Ahead – Ballet Florida’s Choreographic Workshop. During the next six years, he directed the program, which produced over 40 new works by dozens of new choreographers. As a choreographer, he has made dances for students, workshops, and companies ranging in style from folk to modern and ballet.

As co- founder of VOICE, Mr. Midgley brings a widely varied background in design, music, and dance.

Collaborators and Guest Artists
We assemble cast members, designers, composers, and production collaborators for each of our projects individually. Our long and varied careers in the dance world have given us the good fortune to work with some of the best artists - and people - in the world.

Look here for the collaborators on the next VOICE project.

photo © Steven Caras