The Bessies: the seventh annual New York Dance & Performance Awards

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The Bessies: the seventh annual New York Dance & Performance Awards
Additional title: The Bessies
Allyn, Jerri, 1952- (Contributor)
Carlos, Laurie (Host)
Carlos, Laurie (Speaker)
Carlos, Laurie (Choreographer)
White, David R (Speaker)
Giovannetti, Tony (Speaker)
Moore, Frank (Speaker)
Poulin, Susanne (Honoree)
Yokobosky, Matthew (Honoree)
Flowers, Roma (Honoree)
Prince, Liz, 1961- (Honoree)
Jowitt, Deborah (Speaker)
Gamson, Annabelle (Honoree)
Zaloom, Paul (Author)
Zaloom, Paul (Performer)
Pickett, Lenny (Speaker)
Roach, Max, 1924-2007 (Honoree)
Kuhn, Hans Peter, 1952- (Contributor)
Leroy, A (Honoree)
Goese, Mimi (Honoree)
Otake, Eiko (Contributor)
Gordon, Beate (Honoree)
Eichelberger, Ethyl, 1945-1990 (Honoree)
Hagedorn, Jessica Tarahata, 1949- (Speaker)
Wilson, Martha, 1947- (Honoree)
Shick, Vicky (Speaker)
Paraiso, Nicky (Speaker)
Hutchinson, Penny (Honoree)
Riseling, Jonathan (Honoree)
Finlayson, Victoria (Honoree)
Smith, Louise, 1955- (Honoree)
Armijo, Arthur, 1960-1993 (Contributor)
Turner, Gail (Honoree)
McKeever, Susan (Dancer)
Green, Dor (Dancer)
Kelly, John, 1954- (Speaker)
Miller, Bebe (Speaker)
Vandekeybus, Wim (Honoree)
McCauley, Robbie (Honoree)
Fagan, Garth (Honoree)
Finley, Karen (Honoree)
Dove, Ulysses (Honoree)
Morris, Mark, 1956- (Honoree)
Guergué, Margarita (Honoree)
Rowe, Hahn (Honoree)
Oleszko, Pat (Contributor)
Casey, Kathy (Dancer)
Osman, Donny (Director)
Streb, Elizabeth (Choreographer)
Carson, Heather (Lighting designer)
Marshall, Susan, 1958- (Choreographer)
Pärt, Arvo (Composer)
Bogard, Mitchell (Lighting designer)
ACT UP (Organization) (Contributor)
Flirtations (A cappella group) (Contributor)
Ringside (Company) (Contributor)
Eiko and Koma (Honoree)
Dance Theater Workshop (Producer)
Video D Studios (Videographer)

Dance Theater Workshop Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1990
Table of Contents
Cassette 1 (ca. 58 min.). [Speech on homophobia and censorship in the arts] / by unidentified woman and man ; replaces When push comes to shove, the scheduled presentation by Holly Hughes.
Welcome and warnings / by David R. White, executive director and producer, Dance Theater Workshop.
Opening remarks / by Jerri Allyn and Laurie Carlos.
[Statement by ACT UP].
Visual [and] lighting design awards / presented by Tony Giovannetti and Frank Moore to Susanne Poulin, Matthew Yokobosky, Roma Flowers, and Liz Prince.
Special citation 1 / presented by Deborah Jowitt to Annabelle Gamson.
Cassette 2 (ca. 43 min.). Meanwhile-- [excerpt] / written and performed by Paul Zaloom ; directed by Donny Osman.
Composer awards / presented by Lenny Pickett to Max Roach, Hans-Peter Kuhn, A. Leroy, Mimi Goese.
Special citation 2 / presented by Eiko to Beate Gordon.
Tribute to Ethyl Eichelberger (1945-1990) / by Black-eyed Susan.
[Songs] / performed by The Flirtations.
Cassette 3 (ca. 57 min.). Spacehold / choreography, Elizabeth Streb ; lighting, Heather Carson ; performed by members of Ringside [six dancers listed on frame ; only four appear].
Special citation 3 / presented by Jessica Hagedorn to Martha Wilson.
Performer awards / presented by Vicky Shick and Nicky Paraiso to Penny Hutchinson, Victoria Finlayson, Jonathan Riseling, Louise Smith, Arthur Armijo, Gail Turner.
Excerpt from White chocolate: Trip 1 trip 2 trip 3 / choreography, Laurie Carlos ; performed by Susan McKeever and Dor Greene.
Choreographer/creator awards / presented by John Kelly and Bebe Miller to Wim Vandekeybus. Continued on cassette 4.
Cassette 4 (ca. 25 min.). Choreographer/creator awards, continued / presented to Eiko and Koma, Robbie McCauley, Garth Fagan (accepted by Mary Hinkson), Karen Finley, Ulysses Dove, Mark Morris, Margarita Guergué and Hahn Rowe, Pat Oleszko.
Closing remarks / by Jerri Allyn and Laurie Carlos.
Kiss / choreography, Susan Marshall ; music, Arvo Pärt (Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten) ; lighting, Mitchell Bogard ; danced by Kathy Casey and Arthur Armijo.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8450
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-6036 (former)
Dance Theater Workshop
New York Dance and Performance Awards
Performance art
Kiss (Choreographic work : Marshall)
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: presented by Dance Theater Workshop.
Performers: Co-hosts: Jerri Allyn and Laurie Carlos.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, on September 12, 1990, by Video D Studios.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (183 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14430584
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac0aefb0-84ef-0135-f41d-00eb5f206d50
Rights Statement
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  • 1990: Issued
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Bessies" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1990.

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The Bessies