The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) have become an annual tradition within the NYC dance scene, 30 years in the making. Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, the awards honor the groundbreaking creative work of independent dance artists - from choreographers and dancers to composers and visual designers. 36 nominees for the 2014 Bessies were announced at the Wed. July 16 press conference held at Gibney Dance Center's newly acquired space in downtown Manhattan.
The category of Outstanding Emerging Choreographer (nominees: Rashida Bumbray, Jessica Lang, Jen Rosenblit, and Gillian Walsh) was the only one in which the award was announced. Both Jessica Lang and Jen Rosenblit were recognized for their recent work in the dance field, as the vote was tied. In addition, the 2014 Juried Bessie Award Committee was named and will include Tere O'Connor, Annie B-Parson, and Eduardo Vilaro. These three choreographers will be responsible for selecting a single work/choreographer that is presenting exciting ideas in dance for special recognition.
In celebration of the Bessie's 30th anniversary, on Oct. 1 Gibney's "Sorry I Missed Your Show" series features the screening of an EYE ON DANCE program shot during the 1989, Bessie Awards 5th anniversary event at BAM. Lucy Sexton and Laurie Uprichard will join EOD host and producer Celia Ipiotis in a conversation about the Bessie Awards' roots and expansion.
The 2014 Bessies, where all remaining award winners will be announced, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20 at the legendary Apollo Theater.