The Bessie 2015 Cocktail Party and Press Conference
The Bessies Steering Committee: Cora Cahan, Beverly D'Anne, Lane Harwell, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Stanford Makishi, Carla Peterson, Laurie Uprichard, and Martin Wechsler, invites you to The Bessie Cocktail Party on Wednesday, July 15th at 5pm, folled by the Bessie Press Conference at 6pm. Come raise a glass to this year's nominees for the 2015 NY Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards. Two special awards will be presented: The Bessies Juried Award, and the 2015 Bessie for Emerging Choreographer.
For tickets to the Cocktail Party at 5pm, please click here. The Press Conference begins at 6pm.
Be sure not to miss this 6th annual festive "dance family" gathering!
2014 Bessie Award Ceremony
Big Daddy's Salsa Fling band will play live from 6:30 to 7:30 before the show begins. The bar will be open with food and drink for sale. So come early and get the party started!
Bessie recognized artists from the awards' 30 year history, and some very special guests, will present awards at this year's ceremony on Monday October 20th at 7:30 at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Tickets available here.
Host Lisa Kron will be joined by Robert Battle, Faye Driscoll, Karen Finley, Crazy Legs, Virginia Johnson, Jessye Norman, Tere O'Connor, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Miki Orihara, Annie-B Parson, Lenny Pickett, Ken Swift, and Wendy Whelan. There will be live performances from three decades of Bessie-recognized work by Mark Morris (1984), Urban Bush Women (1992), Circus Amok (1995), and Michelle Dorrance (2011).
Arthur Mitchell to receive 2014 NY Dance and Performance Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance. Dr. Chuck Davis to receive 2014 NY Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. For more on these special awards, click here
Tickets start at $10, get yours today!
Outstanding Production Nominees (four awards will be presented)
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre Djembe in the New Millennium Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Camille A. Brown Mr. TOL E. RAncE Produced by 651 Arts at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Mallory Catlett This Was the End The Chocolate Factory
Liz Gerring Glacier Peak Performances at Montclair State University
Maria Hassabi Premiere The Kitchen
John Jasperse Within between New York Live Arts
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker En Atendant/Cesena Brooklyn Academy of Music
Akram Khan Desh White Light Festival, Lincoln Center
Sarah Michelson 4 Whitney Museum of American Art
MIMULUS Cia de Danca Dolores The Joyce
Okwui Okpokwasili in collaboration with Peter Born Bronx Gothic Danspace Project
Aki Sasamoto Sunny in the Furnace The Kitchen
Outstanding Revival (one award will be presented)
Dark Swan by Nora Chipaumire The Joyce
Myth or Meth (or Maybe Moscow?) by Radiohole; Tom Murrin Full Moon Performance Festival at La MaMa
State of Heads by Donna Uchizono New York Live Arts
Bach Partita by Twyla Tharp American Ballet Theatre
Outstanding Performer (four awards will be presented)
Maggie Cloud in Passagen by Pam Tanowitz
Sean Donovan in the work of Witness Relocation, Jane Comfort, Faye Driscoll, and others
Julia Hausermann in Disabled Theater by Jerome Bel and Theater HORA
Sean Jackson in We Used to Hold by Lisa LaTouche as part of Rhythm in Motion
Mickey Mahar in the work of Miguel Gutierrez, Adrienne Truscott, Ryan McNamara, and Gillian Walsh
Angela "Angel" McNeal for her hip hop battle improvisations at Harlem Stage E-Moves 15 Battle
Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet
Aakash Odedra in James Brown, Get on the Good Foot, A Celebration in Dance organized and shaped by Otis Sallid at the Apollo Theater
Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet
Rebecca Serrell Cyr in Fire Underground by Donna Uchizono
Linda Celeste Sims, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Stuart Singer in Within between by John Jasperse
Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design
Simphiwe Dana, Giuliano Modarelli, and Complete Quartet for Exit/Exist choreographed by Gregory Maqoma
G. Lucas Crane for This Was the End created by Mallory Catlett
Steven Taylor for Aubade choreographed by Douglas Dunn
Nicholas Young for his inventive tap 'percussion platforms' in Rhythm in Motion
Outstanding Visual Design
Thomas Dunn for New Work for the Desert by Beth Gill
Avram Finkelstein, Kathy Morganroth, and Jenny Mui of YMX by Yellowman; Patricia Forelle; Tamara Gonzales; and Nicholas Vermeer, Olivia Barr, and William Ward of NYC Resistor for Vectors, Marys, and Snow by Brooklyn Ballet
Peter Ksander, Olivera Gajic, Ryan Holsopple, Chris Kuhl, and Keith Skretch for This Was the End by Mallory Catlett
Tim Yip for Desh by Akram Khan
Outstanding Emerging Choreographer (* indicates the recipients, previously announced at July press conference)
a Natural dance
In recognition for the formation of her own company
The Little Red Rooster in a Red House
Harlem Stage E-Moves Festival
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