Greetings! Welcome to the profile page of ‘H’ Patten, lecturer in Popular Culture and Theology, and a PhD researcher on the topic, Dancehall: A Spiritual Corporeal Practice in Jamaican dance, in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent.
Patten has a passion for arts, culture and education having authored a number of chapters intersecting the fields of theology, black popular culture, and dance. His literary credits include, ‘Feel De Riddim, Feel De Vibes: dance as a transcendent act of survival and upliftment’ in Adair, C. and Burt, R. (2016) ‘British Dance: Black Routes’ (Routeledge), the forth coming ‘Dancehall: A Continuity of Spiritual, Corporeal Practice in Jamaican Dance’ in Akinleye, A. (2018) Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodied practices’ (Palgrave McMillan) and ‘Dancehall bodies: performing in/securities’ in the planned Dancehall Reader (UWI Press) resulting from the Global Reggae Conference (2017) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.
The Artistic Director of Koromanti Arts and ‘H’ Patten Dance Theatre Co, Patten is also an experienced choreographer, filmmaker, visual artist, storyteller, and performer, having developed an international reputation in African and Caribbean cultural expression over the past 35 years. His commitment to arts, culture and education led him to successfully found the Korotech Dancefest Professional Development Training Programme, delivering popular, creative training programmes in West Africa and the Caribbean since 2007. ‘H’ has carried out research, development and training across the Caribbean and Africa including The Gambia, South Africa, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Ghana, Haiti, Carriacou, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica. A highlight within his research is the Jamaican Dancehall In/securities Symposium organised and coordinated by ‘H’ in 2017 as part of the Caribbean In/securities and Creativity (CARISCC) network at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.
The recipient of several awards including the ADAD Trailblazer Fellowship (2010) and the Jamaican High Commission 50th Anniversary Award for services in the field of Arts, Culture and Entertainment (2012), Patten’s research and artistic works explore a range of themes including spirituality and African/neo-African (Diaspora) cultural expression. ‘H’ has developed these themes collaboratively within ‘his choreographic practice with the Ghanaian, Nigerian, Sierra Leonean, Malawian and Zambian National dance companies, the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble in Jamaica, and within his many other high profile and distinguished productions, including his work as Movement Director on the critically acclaimed ‘Fences’ (2013) theatre production at the Duchess Theatre, starring Lenny Henry.