Vincent Paterson

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Vincent Paterson
Born May 4, 1959
Occupation Director, choreographer, dancer
Years active 1979-present

Vincent Paterson (born May 4, 1959) is a director and choreographer who has had an expansive career in many parts of the entertainment industry including film, theater, Broadway, concert tours, opera, music videos, television and commercials. He has achieved success worldwide as a director and choreographer.

Career[edit]

Paterson collaborated with Michael Jackson and Madonna on various projects, including directing and choreographing Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour, the centerpiece for the documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare. He created Madonna's "Marie Antoinette/Vogue" performance for the MTV Awards and her appearance on the Academy Awards. He also choreographed Madonna in the film "Evita." He directed and choreographed Jackson's "Bad" tour as well as conceiving and choreographing Smooth Criminal and choreographed other Jackson music videos, "Black or White," "The Way you Make Me Feel," "Dirty Diana," "Speed Demon" and live performances for the Halftime Superbowl show, the Grammys. He also directed and choreographed the music video for Jackson's hit "Blood on the Dance Floor" and MTV 10th Anniversary segment on Michael Jackson including "Black or White" and "Will You Be There."

Paterson directed (with one hundred cameras) and choreographed the musical sequences in Lars Von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark, which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He has choreographed several films, including The Birdcage, Closer for director Mike Nichols and Evita for Alan Parker. Threnody, his dance-film reflection on September 11, won the Gold Jury Award at the Houston World Film Festival. He choreographed London's West End production of Lenny for director Sir Peter Hall and Los Angeles Opera's Grand Duchess' for director Garry Marshall. Paterson's direction of the play Gangsta Love, set in a boxing club, earned him a Los Angeles Drama-Logue award for outstanding director. He also directed Prague's National BlackLight Theater in Gulliver's Travels. Paterson has a Tony nomination for "Kiss of the Spiderwoman," starring Chita Rivera on Broadway. He also choreographed the videos "Hot for Teacher" for Van Halen and "California Girls" for David Lee Roth as well as videos for George Harrison, Donna Summer, Sheena Easton, Paul McCartney,and Julie Brown. Paterson directed the opera Manon for both the Los Angeles Opera and the Berlin Staatsopera which was conducted in Los Angeles by Plácido Domingo and starred Soprano, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.. His initiation into the opera world was his direction of the TV program Anna Netrebko: The Woman, The Voice. The DVD is the top selling classical DVD in European history. He also directed and choreographed Berlin's first original production of the musical Cabaret at Bar jeder Vernunft in 2004 which is now the longest running show in the history of Berlin Theater. He directed the television film In Search of Dr. Seuss, which received seven Emmy Award nominations. He choreographed ABC's South Pacific starring Glenn Close and has served as choreographer for several Academy and Grammy Award programs. As a cinematic tribute to his direction and choreography in an array of electronic media, The Lincoln Center Film Society presented an evening entitled "Vincent Paterson, Master of the Media." A similar evening was previously held at Paris' Cinematheque Francais. In 2009, he directed and wrote Cirque Du Soleil's "Elvis" presented at Las Vegas' CityCenter.

Paterson has choreographed over two hundred and fifty commercials including commercial campaigns for Pepsi, GE, Rubbermaid and Nike, directed commercial campaigns for Payless ShoeSource and El Pollo Loco, for the television series Dharma and Greg and a documentary for Project Angel Food.

As a dancer in his early career, he danced for Shirley MacLaine and was Barbara Mandrell's partner on her TV series for two years. He appeared in many TV specials with Linda Carter, Cheryll Ladd, the Osmonds, among others. He partnered both Olivia Newton John and Diana Ross in music videos. He is one of the two fighter dancers in Michael Jackson 's Beat It videoclip, and was assistant Choreographer and a zombie dancer in "Thriller."

Paterson is featured in the Smithsonian publication, "Masters of Movement: Portrait's of America's Greatest Choreographers." He has also served as a judge on Bravo's dance reality series Step It Up and Dance along with fellow choreographer Nancy O'Meara and actress and dancer Elizabeth Berkley.[1] The highly acclaimed documentary about Paterson's life, "The Man Behind The Throne," has been shown nationally and internationally and has garnered numerous awards for Swedish director Kersti Grunditz. He was made a Fellow at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

In 2012, Paterson directed Loving the Silent Tears, a Broadway-style musical, based on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry collection, Silent Tears.[2][3]

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