The Bessies: the sixth annual New York Dance and Performance Awards

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The Bessies: the sixth annual New York Dance and Performance Awards
Schönberg, Bessie (Contributor)
White, David R (Speaker)
Besserer, Rob (Host)
Geiser, Janie (Speaker)
McDowell, Carol (Speaker)
Lancaster, Mark, 1938- (Contributor)
Feldman, David (Honoree)
Zindel, Annette (Honoree)
Moodey, David (Honoree)
Thies, Howard (Honoree)
Van Tieghem, David (Speaker)
Litwinski, Mieczyslaw (Honoree)
Burckhardt, Jacob (Honoree)
Allyn, Jerri, 1952- (Contributor)
Seid, Lori E (Honoree)
Gross, Steve (Speaker)
Giraud, Tiyé (Musician)
Mendoza Lázaro, Juan (Musician)
Sexton, Lucy (Dancer)
Iobst, Anne (Dancer)
Fleming, Donald (Speaker)
Johnson, Kate (Speaker)
Blankensop, Susan (Honoree)
Aviles, Arthur (Honoree)
Carlos, Laurie (Honoree)
Batenhorst, Christopher (Honoree)
Sheppard, Harry Whittaker (Honoree)
Madden, Diane (Honoree)
O'Keefe, John (Honoree)
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo (Contributor)
Bogart, Anne, 1951- (Speaker)
Houston-Jones, Ishmael (Speaker)
Fenley, Molissa (Honoree)
Persson, Lars Göran (Speaker)
Stone, Barnaby (Speaker)
Stone, Jonathan (Speaker)
McIntyre, Dianne (Honoree)
Mancini, Linda (Honoree)
Jones, Bill T (Honoree)
Covan, Ellie (Honoree)
Moulton, Charles, 1954- (Choreographer)
Brown, Trisha, 1936- (Choreographer)
Dancenoise (Company) (Contributor)
Los Angeles Poverty Department (Company) (Contributor)
Ralf Ralf (Performance group) (Performer)
Dance Theater Workshop (Producer)
Video D Studios (Videographer)
O'Keefe, John (Creator)
O'Keefe, John (Performer)
Moulton, Charles, 1954- (Dancer)

Dance Theater Workshop Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1989 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 52 min.). Eighteen person all-star ball passing / choreography, Charles Moulton ; music, Bill Obrecht ; performed by Mia Babalis, Marie Baker-Lee, Bruce Bell, Andrew Boynton, Barbara Canner, Kathy Casey, Nancy Coenen, John Dayger, Carolyn Dobbe, Ronni Favors, Jackie Goodrich, Allyson Green, Patrick Gutierrez, Keith Marshall, Charles Moulton, Kathy Talbott, Eileen Thomas, Lissy Trachtenberg.
Welcome and warnings / by Ralf Ralf (Lars Göran Persson, Barnaby Stone, Jonathan Stone) ; David R. White, executive director and producer of Dance Theater Workshop ; Bessie Schönberg.
Opening remarks / by Rob Besserer and Reno.
Reel 2 (ca. 39 min.). Visual, lighting [and] design awards presented by Janie Geiser and Carol McDowell to Mark Lancaster, David Feldman, Annette Zindel, David Moodey, and Howard Thies.
Composer awards presented by David van Tieghem to Mieczyslaw Litwinski and Jacob Burckhardt.
Astral convertible [excerpt] / choreography, Trisha Brown ; music, Richard Landry ; costumes, Robert Rauschenberg ; performed by Lance Gries, Nicole Juralewicz, Gregory Lara, Carolyn Lucas, Diane Madden, Lisa Schmidt, Shelley Senter, Wil Swanson, David Thomson.
Special citation 1 presented by Jerri Allyn to Lori E. Seid.
Memoriam / introduced by Steve Gross ; music, Juan Mendoza Lázaro (Jaku Jaku, original composition following traditional Bolivian field songs) ; performed by Tiyé Giraud (gourd) and Juan Mendoza Lázaro (flute).
Reel 3 (ca. 52 min.). [Performance art work] / performed by Dancenoise (Lucy Sexton and Anne Iobst) and ensemble.
Performer awards presented by Donald Fleming and Kate Johnson to Susan Blankensop, Arthur Aviles, Laurie Carlos, Christopher Batenhorst, Harry Whittaker Sheppard, and Diane Madden.
The man in the moon [excerpt] / written and performed by John O'Keefe.
Border brujo [excerpt] / written and performed by Guillermo Gómez-Peña.
Choreographer/creator awards presented by Anne Bogart and Ishmael Houston-Jones to Los Angeles Poverty Department, Molissa Fenley, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña ; continued on cassette 4.
Reel 4 (ca. 26 min.). Choreographer/creator awards, continued ; presented to Dancenoise, Ralf Ralf, Dianne McIntyre, John O'Keefe, Linda Mancini, and Bill T. Jones.
Special citation 2, presented to Ellie Covan.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 4888
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5890 (former)
Dance Theater Workshop
New York Dance and Performance Awards
Dance -- Awards -- United States
Award presentations
Performance art
Stand-up comedy
Astral convertible (Choreographic work : Brown)
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: presented by Dance Theater Workshop.
Content: End credits erroneously give date as 1988.
Performers: Co-hosts: Rob Besserer, Reno.
Venue: Videotaped at Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, New York, on September 13, 1989, by Video D Studios.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (U-matic) (169 min.) : sound, color
Awards ceremony, interspersing presentations and speeches with dance, music, and performance art. Co-host Reno provides stand-up comedy.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13987339
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b4d88de0-4b60-0133-7efe-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1989: Issued
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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The Bessies