THE BESSIES ANNOUNCE NOMINEES FOR THE 2023 BESSIE AWARDS 39TH ANNUAL BESSIES CEREMONY SET FOR AUGUST 4, 2023, AT LINCOLN CENTER
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN A BROADWAY SHOW
***Steven Hoggett, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical
OUTSTANDING DANCER IN A BROADWAY SHOW
***Robyn Hurder, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical
***Jess LeProtto, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical
***Mattie Love, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW
***Bob Fosse’s Dancin’
***New York, New York
OFF BROADWAY SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS
Outstanding Dancers in an Off-Broadway Show
***Gaby Diaz, Only Gold
***Ryan Steele, Only Gold
Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show
***Andy Blankenbuehler, Only Gold
CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM
***13: The Musical, Choreographer: Jamal Sims
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY RELEASE
***Everybody Dance, Director: Dan Watt
Apply for the Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative (HCHDI)
Gibney is pleased to continue participation in a program of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health, in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Center.
50 Dancers who qualify for and apply to this program pay only $5 per class!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 26, 2023
TERM: July 1 – December 23, 2023
From the folks at Jennifer Muller/The Works:
Jennifer Muller (October 16, 1944 - March 29, 2023) was a creative force in the modern dance world for over 50 years. She was known for her visionary approach and innovation in dance and theater, her multi-disciplinary productions incorporating both spoken word and live and commissioned music, artist-inspired decor, and unusual production elements.
Dance was Muller's passion and creative voice since childhood. Creating pieces since age 7, she began dancing professionally at age 15 as a member of the Pearl Lang Dance Company. These formative years were followed by 9 years as Principal Dancer with the José Limón Company– during which she graduated from the Juilliard School–and 7 years as Associate Artistic Director of the Louis Falco Dance Company. She founded Jennifer Muller/The Works in 1974 and served as Artistic Director until she passed away. For 45 years, she led the company to global recognition for its dynamic theatricality, virtuosity, and humanity. The company toured to 39 countries on four continents, including a State Department tour of South and Central America, performed in 30 states, and self-produced 28 seasons in New York City. Throughout her career, Muller created over 125 pieces, including seven full evening productions.
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Performance Space New York Executive Artistic Director Jenny Schlenzk steps down
Performance Space New York Executive Artistic Director Jenny Schlenzka will depart the organization in Summer 2023, after six years of groundbreaking leadership, in which she has reimagined the institution’s relationship to its artists and community—in constant collaboration with them. In keeping with the future-oriented vision she has sustained from her first days overseeing Performance Space’s momentous transition back into its renovated home in 2017, Schlenzka sees this change as an opportunity for the historically significant experimental and interdisciplinary organization to continue to invite new voices, communities, and practices to the fore.
Schlenzka will be relocating to Berlin, returning to family and the first city she called home, after living in the U.S. for over two decades, and will be stepping into the role of Director of the exhibition hall Gropius Bau. The Gropius Bau, part of the Berliner Festspiele, is one of Europe’s most important exhibition venues. With its acclaimed exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, the Gropius Bau has built an international reputation. There, she will have the opportunity to bring her experience with performance, thematic programming, and creating new avenues for community and artist involvement to a vast stage and institution that serves hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.
The 92nd Street Y, New York announces 21 finalists for Future Dance Festival ‘23. Created by Harkness Dance Center director Taryn Kaschock Russell, the Future Dance Festival is an annual open submission choreographic competition which aims to provide opportunities and connections which advance the next generation of creative voices.
Remembering Stuart Hodes...
POSTED BY THE FOLKS AT GRAHAM:
1924 - 2023
It’s impossible to express how much Stuart has meant to the Graham legacy and the entire world of dance.
He danced with the Company from 1946–1958 often as Martha’s onstage partner. A dancer, choreographer, educator, dance administrator and author, his career spanned more than seven decades.
With his indefatigable curiosity, wonderful sense of humor and great compassion, Stuart was simply one of a kind. He will be missed yet lives on in the generations he has mentored and influenced indelibly.
"I read of Stuart Hodes‘ passing in The New York Times this morning — and, despite my sadness, have been walking around NYC smiling, inwardly and outwardly, all day long, remembering his angular energy and quick wit and eloquent passion for dance and life."
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Remembering Stuart Hodes
by our friend and Graham biographer, Neil Baldwin
The 18 New York City–based artists and collectives chosen for our third Open Call, the city’s largest interdisciplinary commissioning program for early-career artists across the visual and performing arts disciplines.
Each artist, who lives or works in the five boroughs, will create and present new work after being selected by The Shed along with 67 external industry professionals and artists from across disciplines. The artists presenting in 2023 and 2024 create work in disciplines from drag performance and sculpture to filmmaking and poetry, each proposing care- and community-based responses to the urgent issues of our time.
An exhibition this October will present 10 artworks by artists Minne Atairu, Jake Brush, Cathy Linh Che & Christopher Radcliff, Armando Guadalupe Cortés, Lizania Cruz, Bryan Fernandez, Luis A. Gutierrez, Calli Roche, Jeffrey Meris, and Sandy Williams IV, who bring personal stories intersecting with global history to the Level 2 Gallery.
In summer 2024, the remaining eight commissions will feature immersive, multidisciplinary performances in our Griffin Theater by Kyle Dacuyan, The Dragon Sisters, Kayla Hamilton, Nile Harris, NIC Kay, Asia Stewart, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, and Garrett Zuercher.
Admission is free to all Open Call events. Tickets will be announced later this year.
With support from The New York Community Trust (NYCT) Van Lier Fellowship program, Urban Bush Women (UBW) is thrilled to continue to provide one-year dance apprenticeships to Black women+. UBW Apprenticeship Program includes a wide range of activities, benefits, and rigorous evaluation to support each artist’s development.
Pictured (l-r): Keola Jones, Kashia Kancey, Makeda-Lily Love-Roney and J’nae Simmons
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The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) is proud to receive the National Medal of Arts. Through teaching, training, and performance, The International Association of Blacks in Dance promotes dance by people of African ancestry and origin, explores and exchanges art, spans cultures and generations, and enriches the dance culture of America.
“Receiving this National Medal of Arts award is a significant milestone in the history of this organization. It acknowledges the work, years of dedication by so many and endless contributions of Black people in Dance. We are so honored!” said Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO of The International Association of Blacks in Dance. “The current climate in our country has us more closely examining access and opportunity, body image, cultural integration vs. cultural appropriation, policymaking, mental health and well-being, philanthropy, and a host of other issues. There is no discipline that nurtures and sparks the ability to imagine, unleashes creativity and innovation, and offers promise as a powerful catalyst for change, more than arts, culture and humanities. They challenge dominant narratives in ways that other media cannot, yet connect us to each other, move us to action, and unify our collective voices. Art engages the soul.”
On Tuesday, March 21 at 4:30pm ET, President Biden will host an East Room ceremony at the White House to present the 2021 National Humanities Medals and the 2021 National Medals of Arts. Dr. Biden will attend the ceremony as well, which will be available to view via live stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
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