To describe Patrick King and his artistic line or his trajectory is no easy task. It defies any easy categorisation.
For someone that has always pushed the barriers of how to present dance and the performing art, the mixing of the expressions is King’s second nature whether at the Opera in Oslo, Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas or for his Live Art event company Salon K in Berlin.
Beginning from the fact that King was classically trained in the Balanchine canon and he was trained Taniquil Le Clerq who is arguably the prototype for the Balanchine Ballerina. The prototype for the speed and precision on which Balanchine based his most famous ballets the often called the Black and White ballets. Right from the beginning King felt that it was the experiences that made the difference for him. As the experience of sitting on the floor next to Mr. B. (Mr. Balanchine) when he came to visit Dance Theatre of Harlem. That was enough to fascinate but it was his attention to the small detail of how one holds a hand that, still today, has resonance for King.
With a never ending curiosity for life and movements, while dancing Balanchine and the classics with Dance theatre of Harlem during the day, his dancing continued at night at the legendary Studio 54 together with personalities such as Diana Ross and Grace Jones. Dancing in Alan Parker’s classic Fame brought him to the company of Louis Falco that toured around the world and he discovered Europe and made it his home. Feeling just as home choreographing and starring on Italian prime time television as touring the dance festivals with Pairs Opera Étoiles Patrick Dupond and Noella Pontois, or dancing with dance legend Ana Laguna during his years in Cullberg Ballet.
His quest for different experiences led him to create and perform in many different settings with many global personalities both on stage and in the public. Creating for TV with Roberto Bollé or opening Valentino’s haute Couture show with Naomi Campbell, or performing for Angela Merkel. Other personalities that has been part of his audience includes Bono, Eros Ramazotti, Quincy Jones, Ricky Lake to mention a few. Notoriety aside, it is the personal meetings and exchanges that makes these encounters inspiring experiences.
His relationship with Norway started more than 20 years ago, and includes creating for the Lillehammer Olympics, The Centennial Celebration of the Norwegian Monarchy, TV productions for NRK, the opening of Gardemoen, and for the leading cultural institutions: Trøndelag Teater (Hair), Den Nasjonale scene in Bergen (Mor Courage), Molde Jazz Festival (Stemmenes Skygge), Carte Blanche (Inter-View) and Riksteatret (Each One Teach One).
Meanwhile developing his exclusive brand of entertainment in Berlin, creating events such as Scheherazade in a 16th century fortress on Mallorca and his Salon K Privé evenings - a revisiting of the intimate salon for a limited audience, hosted by selected artists including dance, song, poetry and acrobatics, a 4 course dinner and lots of Champagne.
As he says: I don’t have a separation between the dance and life, I just live. And life has to be lived fully…