Nominees for 2021 Bessie Awards


The NY Dance and Efficiency Awards, The Bessies, New York Metropolis’s premier dance awards honoring excellent inventive work within the discipline, have introduced the nominees for the 2021 Bessie Awards. Digital performances introduced between March 15, 2020 and Could 31, 2021, and in-person performances introduced between June 1, 2020 and Could 31, 2021, have been thought-about for Bessie nominations. Award classes embrace Excellent Manufacturing, Excellent Performer, Excellent Revival, Excellent Music Composition or Sound Design, Excellent Visible Design, and Excellent Breakout Choreographer, which acknowledges an artist who has made an distinctive leap in visibility and affect of their profession this previous season. The listing of nominations is under.

“Dance artists and their collaborators have continued to dream and construct through the pandemic,” mentioned Bessies Govt Director Heather Robles. “They’ve referred to as upon every of us to reimagine and commit our collective motion towards fairness, justice and therapeutic. We’re thrilled to rejoice their work and the resilience of our group on the digital 2021 Bessies Ceremony.“ 

The 37th Annual Bessie Awards ceremony will likely be livestreamed on Monday, October 11, at 7:30pm ET. Reservations for the ceremony will likely be out there beginning September 20, via donation.

The 2021 Bessie Award Nominations

New York City Ballet in 'When We Fell'. Photo by Ryan Marie Helfant.
New York Metropolis Ballet in ‘When We Fell’. Photograph by Ryan Marie Helfant.

Excellent Manufacturing:

Kyle Abraham, When We Fell, New York Metropolis Ballet on the David H. Koch Theater

Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley, Ces noms que nous portons, New York Metropolis Ballet and Lincoln Middle for the Performing Arts

Stefanie Batten Bland, Kolonial, Baryshnikov Arts Middle 

mayfield brooks, Whale Fall, Abrons Arts Middle

Ayodele Casel, Chasing Magic, The Joyce Theater

Janessa Clark, Communion, Janessa Clark and HERE Arts Middle

Johnnie Cruise Mercer, _AshadowPrince, Offered via Stephen Petronio Firm’s Bloodlines(future) program

Israel Galván, Maestro de Barra, The Joyce Theater

Indigenous Enterprise, Indigenous Enterprise: Powwow Type, The Joyce Theater

Eiko Otake, A Physique in a Cemetery, Pioneer Works and Inexperienced-Wooden Cemetery

Mariana Valencia, Brownout, Baryshnikov Arts Middle

Saul Williams, Invoice T. Jones, Maria Bauman, Kayla Farrish, Marjani Forté-Saunders, d. Sabela grimes, Jasmine Hearn and Shamel Pitts, The Motherboard Suite, New York Reside Arts

Michael Trusnovec. Photo by Mohamed Sadek.
Michael Trusnovec. Photograph by Mohamed Sadek.

Excellent Performer:

LaTasha Barnes, Sustained Achievement

Isabella Boylston, Sustained Achievement with American Ballet Theatre

Marc Crousillat, Watermotor by Trisha Brown, The Joyce Theater

d. Sabela grimes, The Motherboard Suite, We get what you deserve, New York Reside Arts

Jasmine Hearn, The Motherboard Suite, Order of Time, New York Reside Arts

Princess Lockerooo, Sustained Achievement

Sara Mearns, State of Darkness by Molissa Fenley, The Joyce Theater

Anjali Mehta, Descent by Anjali Mehta, The Artivist’s Studio and Lion Get together Movies

Annique Roberts, Sustained Achievement with Ronald Okay. Brown/EVIDENCE

Nicholas Sciscione, Bloodlines Season 7 by Stephen Petronio Firm, The Joyce Theater

Michael Trusnovec, State of Darkness by Molissa Fenley, The Joyce Theater

Huiwang Zhang, OUR LABYRINTH by Lee Mingwei/Invoice T. Jones, The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork

Excellent Revival:

State of Darkness by Molissa Fenley, The Joyce Theater

Watermotor by Trisha Brown, Trisha Brown Dance Firm, The Joyce Theater

Excellent Music Composition/Sound Design:

Monstah Black, for _AShadowPrince by Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Offered via Stephen Petronio Firm’s Bloodlines(future) program

Pedro León and Manu Prieto, for Maestro de Barra by Israel Galván, The Joyce Theater

Arturo O’Farrill, Crystal Monee Corridor (singer/songwriter), Annastasia Victory (music director and composer) and Senfu Stoney (percussionist), for Chasing Magic by Ayodele Casel, The Joyce Theater 

Saul Williams, for The Motherboard Suite, New York Reside Arts

Excellent Visible Design:

Princess Lockerooo. Photo by Kate Singh.
Princess Lockerooo. Photograph by Kate Singh.

Kyle Abraham (Director), Ryan Marie Helfant (Director & Director of Pictures), Eric Okay. Yue (Director of Pictures), and Esteban Pedraza (Editor), When We Fell by Kyle Abraham, New York Metropolis Ballet on the David H. Koch Theater

Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, Visuals, The Sprezzaturameron by Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, Baryshnikov Arts Middle

Conrad Quesen (set up) and Shane Ballard (costumes), Kolonial by Stefanie Batten Bland, Baryshnikov Arts Middle

Catalin Stelian (Director of Pictures, Cinematography, Editor), Kofi Assane Opare (Cinematography) and Kweku Amantey Opare (Editor), Metal Standing by Fritzlyn Hector, DanceAfrica 2021, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Excellent Breakout Choreographer:

Hope Boykin

Johnnie Cruise Mercer

Maleek Washington

André M. Zachery

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