The 2019 NY Dance and Performance Awards ceremony will air on broadcast for the first time in the premier dance awards’ 35 year history on ALL ARTS, the 24/7 arts channel created by WNET, the parent company of New York’s PBS stations. The ceremony and performances will also be available to watch online nationwide.
Premieres Sunday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel (check local listings), streaming app and allarts.org
Hosted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond and featuring Sara Mearns, Camille A. Brown, Jennifer Tipton and more, the 35th Annual NY Dance & Performance Awards, also known as The Bessies, salutes creators of outstanding dance and performance productions, as well as outstanding performers, music composers, visual designers, revivals, service to the field, and lifetime achievement in dance.
Run Time: 1.5 hours
Camille A. Brown & Dancers: ink – Migration
Choreography by Camille A. Brown
Noah Paul Catala: Solo
Tiffany Geigel: A Prayer for Change by Heidi Latsky
Hope Boykin: Tribute
Written and Created by Hope Boykin
Performed by Jeroboam Bozeman
Daina Ashbee: Laborious Song (2018)
Choreography by Daina Ashbee
Performed by Benjamin Kamino
Arielle Rosales: Solo
FULL LIST OF 2019 HONOREES
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Joan Myers Brown
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE FIELD OF DANCE:
BESSIES ANGEL AWARD:
The Let Go at Park Avenue Armory
#Punk 100% POP* N!GGA at The Kitchen and Crossing the Line Festival
Merce Cunningham with stager Patricia Lent and Merce Cunningham Trust
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Tania El Khoury
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me at Under the Radar/The Public Theater
Sustained Achievement with Jane Comfort, Niall Jones, Juliana F. May, Cynthia Oliver, Will Rawls
in Oklahoma!’s Dream Ballet choreographed by John Heginbotham at St. Ann’s Warehouse
in The Runaway by Kyle Abraham, New York City Ballet, at the David H. Koch Theater
Sustained Achievement in the work of nora chipaumire
Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done
Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, and Simone Forti, curated by Ana Janevski at the Museum of Modern Art
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN / MUSIC COMPOSITION
Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher
for More Forever by Caleb Teicher at Guggenheim Works & Process
OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN:
Design Team: Jeanne Medina and Ni’Ja Whitson (Costumes), Gil Sperling featuring artworks by Wangechi Mutu and Galvin Jantjes (Video), Tuçe Yasak (Lighting)
for Oba Qween Baba King Baba by Ni’Ja Whitson, co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center
JURIED BESSIE AWARD
OUTSTANDING “BREAKOUT” CHOREOGRAPHER
Ephrat “Bounce” Asheries, Noah Paul Catala, George Faison, Violeta Galagarza, Catherine Galasso, Tiffany Geigel, Lauri Hogan, Sara Mearns, Edie Nightcrawler, Heather Robles, Arielle Rosales, Sue Samuels, Lucy Sexton, Kevin Tarrant, Jennifer Tipton and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Press Kit with Hi Res Images: https://allarts.org/pressroom/the-bessies/
The Bessies Production Credits:
Lucy Sexton is Executive Producer. Heather Robles is Managing Director. Tamia B. Santana is Producer. Cassandra Weibel is Stage Manager. Elka Samuels Smith is Assistant Stage Manager. Rich Saccoliti is Lighting Design. Lilu Sexton is Archival Producer. Mx Justin Vivian Bond is Host.
For ALL ARTS Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiro are Co-Executives in Charge.
For D’Alessio Media, Inc. Clemente D’Alessio is Executive Producer & Director. Pamela Curzon is Producer & Associate Director. Robert Camitta is Technical Director.
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About The Bessies
The NY Dance and Performance Awards have saluted outstanding and groundbreaking creative work in the dance field in New York City for 35 years. Known as “The Bessies” in honor of revered dance teacher Bessie Schönberg, the awards were established in 1984 by David R. White at Dance Theater Workshop. They recognize outstanding work in choreography, performance, music composition, and visual design. Nominees are chosen by a selection committee comprised of artists, presenters, producers, and writers. All those working in the dance field are invited to join the NY Dance and Performance League as members and participate in annual discussions on the direction of the awards and nominate members to serve on the selection committee. For more information about The Bessies, visit www.bessies.org.
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New York Cast of Night of 100 Solos: The Centennial Event by Merce Cunningham, with stager Patricia Lent and Merce Cunningham Trust at BAM, photo by Stephanie Berger.
Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher in More Forever at Guggenheim Works & Process. Photo by by Em Watson.
Nick Cave: The Let Go at the Park Avenue Armory. Photo by James Prinz, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.
Deborah Hay. ten. 1968. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Adrienne Truscott, Arturo Vidich, Marýa Wethers, Miguel Ángel Guzmán, Wally Cardona, Michelle Boulé. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court
Yvonne Rainer. Diagonal (from Terrain). 1963. Performed in Yvonne Rainer: Early Dances 1961–1969, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Yvonne Rainer, Keith Sabado, Emmanuèle Phuon, Pat Catterson. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court
Steve Paxton. New realization of Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call). (1964/2018). Performed in Steve Paxton Performances by Stephen Petronio Company, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performed by Ryan Pliss, Tess Montoya, Ernesto Breton, Taylor Boyland, Bria Bacon, Megan Wright. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court
Leslie Cuyet in Juliana May’s Folk Incest at Arbons Arts Center. Photo by Ian Douglas.
nora chipaumire in N!GGA, part of the #Punk 100% POP* N!GGA trilogy at The Kitchen. Photo by Ian Douglas.
Ni'ja Whitson’s Oba Qween Baba King Baba at Danspace , photo by Ian Douglas.
Shamar Watt in nora chipaumire’s N!GGA, part of the #Punk 100% POP* N!GGA trilogy at The Kitchen. Photo by Ian Douglas.
Tania El Khoury in As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
Taylor Stanley in Kyle Abraham's Runaway. Photo by Photo Erin Baiano.