Patricia Tierney

Benesh Choreologist and Video Archivist

Born in Leicester, Patricia Tierney trained at Bush Davies School, Rambert Academy and studied Benesh Movement Notation (BMN) at the Benesh Institute London. She joined the Hamburg Ballet as Choreologist under the direction of John Neumeier in 1987, returning to England in 1992 to work as Choreologist at English National Ballet before joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993 as Dance Notator, her current position is Benesh Choreologist and Video Archivist. 

Using BMN she has recorded, assisted and taught in rehearsals of many new ballets and revivals of works across Birmingham Royal Ballet’s repertoire, as well as staging the choreography of Sir Frederick Ashton: Enigma Variations and The Dream; David Bintley: Carmina burana, E=mc, Faster, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café and The Shakespeare Suite; Stanton Welch: Powder for various companies in Australia, Europe, Japan ,and the USA.

Between 2009 and 2017 Patricia also taught the BMN course ‘Score Reading For Dancers’ to sixth-form students of Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham.

Photo: Beau Pearson