31st Annual Bessie Awards
The NY Dance and Performance Awards
New York City’s premier dance awards, honoring outstanding creative work in the field, will be held on Monday, October 19, at 7:30pm, at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. Doors open at 6:30pm for red carpet and pre-show celebrations.
Acclaimed former New York City Ballet principal Jock Soto and performance artist and playwright Carmelita Tropicana will host the event. The ceremony will feature performances by Bessie Award-winning artists Camille A. Brown, Lisa Nelson, and Storyboard P, recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award. The evening will also include special presentations to Steve Paxton, recipient of the 2015 Bessie for Lifetime Achievement in Dance, and Movement Research, for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance.
This year’s Bessie Award presenters include notable members of the dance community such as Kyle Abraham, Ella Baff, Ivy Baldwin, Ping Chong, Robin Dunn, Marcelo Gomes, Rennie Harris, Cynthia Hopkins, Sam Miller, Liz Prince, Jan Schmidt, Linda Celeste Sims, and Nancy Stark Smith.
Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, The Bessies recognize exceptional and groundbreaking work in choreography, performance, music composition, and visual design. A list of 2014−15 Bessie nominees can be found at www.dancenyc.nyc/partner-resources/the-bessies/news.
Tickets for the 2015 Bessie Awards start at $10.