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

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The Bessies: the ninth annual New York Dance & Performance Awards
Harris, Craig S (Musician)
White, David R (Speaker)
Pressner, Stan (Speaker)
Mazzola, Michael (Honoree)
Dennis, Donna, 1942- (Contributor)
Puryear, Martin, 1941- (Honoree)
Berry, Gabriel (Honoree)
Hemphill, Julius (Speaker)
Riley, Carl (Honoree)
Mirabal, Robert (Honoree)
Jenkins, Leroy (Honoree)
Conversano, Frank (Choreographer)
Schönberg, Bessie (Contributor)
Moody, Howard (Honoree)
McIntyre, Dianne (Speaker)
Davis, Chuck, 1937- (Honoree)
Sundiata, Sekou (Performer)
Estep, Maggie (Performer)
Holman, Bob, 1948- (Performer)
Morris, Tracie (Honoree)
Perdomo, Willie (Honoree)
Torres, Edwin (Honoree)
Wilson, Martha, 1947- (Speaker)
Algarín, Miguel (Contributor)
Griffith, Lois (Honoree)
DeCamp, Kyle (Speaker)
Gries, Lance (Speaker)
Bears, Kim Y (Honoree)
Willingham, Scot (Honoree)
Sheely, Viola (Honoree)
Rogers, Natalie (Honoree)
Robison, Mark (Honoree)
Mellor, Stephen (Honoree)
Renzi, Marta (Choreographer)
McCauley, Robbie (Speaker)
Petronio, Stephen (Speaker)
Montano, Linda, 1942- (Honoree)
Chong, Ping (Contributor)
Zollar, Jawole Willa Jo (Honoree)
Byrd, Donald, 1949- (Honoree)
Morris, Mark, 1956- (Choreographer)
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 (Composer)
Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003 (Composer)
Ruddie, Susan (Costume designer)
Flying Karamazov Brothers (Contributor)
Judson Memorial Church (New York, N.Y.) (Contributor)
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Contributor)
Pomo Afro Homos (Theater group) (Contributor)
Rhythm Technicians (Contributor)
Rock Steady Crew (Contributor)
Ping Chong and the Fiji Company (Honoree)
Urban Bush Women (Dance company) (Performer)
Mark Morris Dance Group (Dancer)
Dance Theater Workshop (Producer)
Video D Studios (Videographer)
DanceAfrica (Festival) (Contributor)

Dance Theater Workshop Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1992
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 56 min.). [Music by] Craig Harris and Friends. Welcome and warnings / by David R. White. [Juggling and opening remarks / by the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Visual [and] lighting design awards / presented by Stan Pressner to Michael Mazzola. Continued on cassette 2. Reel 2 (ca. 58 min.). Visual [and] lighting design awards, continued / presented to Donna Dennis, Martin Puryear, Gabriel Berry. Composer awards / presented by Julius Hemphill to Carl Riley, Robert Mirabal, Leroy Jenkins. Excerpt from Dukin' / choreography, Frank Conversano ; music, Duke Ellington ; performed by Frank Conversano, Mark Russell, Phil Sandström, Jim Neu, Harry Mann, Charles Dennis. Special citation 1 / presented by Bessie Schönberg to Howard Moody and the Judson Memorial Theater. Special citation 2 / presented by Dianne McIntyre to Chuck Davis and DanceAfrica. Memoriam / [poetry reading] by Sekou Sundiata. Continued on cassette 3. Reel 3 (ca. 56 min.). Memoriam, continued / [music] by Roberto Mirabal, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno. Nuyorican Poets Cafe Live / featuring Maggie Estep, Bob Holman, Tracie Morris, Dael Orlandersmith, Willie Perdomo, Edwin Torres, Mike Tyler. Special citation 3 / presented by Martha Wilson to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Miguel Algarín (founder), Willie Correa, Bob Holman, Lois Griffith, Roland Legiardi-Laura. Performers awards / presented by Kyle deCamp and Lance Gries to Kim Y. Bears, Scot Willingham, Viola Sheely, Natalie Rogers, Mark Robison, Stephen Mellor. Excerpt from Vital signs / choreography, Marta Renzi ; music, Van Morrison, The Chieftains, Hasse Jonsson ; danced by Jeff Breland, Barbara A. Bush, Jean Denney, Chris Dohse, Jennifer Floyd, Chisa Hidaka, Juliana Luecking, Gail Litfin, Paige Martin, Charlie Wilcox. Reel 4 (ca. 40 min.). Choreographer/creator awards / presented by Robbie McCauley and Stephen Petronio to Linda Montano, Frank Conversano, Pomo Afro Homos, Rhythm Technicians, Rock Steady Crew, Ping Chong and the Fiji Company, Marta Renzi, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and the Urban Bush Women, Donald Byrd, Craig Harris, Sekou Sundiata. Closing remarks / by the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Polka / choreography, Mark Morris ; music, Lou Harrison (Grand duo for violin and piano) ; costumes, Susan Ruddle ; performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group: Alyce Bochette, Joe Bowie, Ruth Davidson, Tina Fehlandt, Dan Joyce, Olivia Maridjan-Koop, Clarice Marshall, Mark Morris, Rachel Murray, June Omura, Kraig Patterson, Mireille Radwan-Dana, Guillermo Resto, Keith Sabado, William Wagner, Jean-Guillaume Weis, Megan Williams.
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 4013
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-6049 (former)
Dance Theater Workshop
American poetry
Vital signs (Choreographic work : Renzi)
Polka (Choreographic work : Morris)
Video recordings
Statement of responsibility: presented by Dance Theater Workshop ; hosted by the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Content: Accompanied by house program.
Performers: Masters of ceremonies: the Flying Karamazov Brothers: Dmitri, Ivan, Rakitin and Smerdyakov (a.k.a. Paul David Magid, Howard Jay Patterson, Michael Preston, Sam Williams).
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park, New York, on September 9, 1992, by Video D Studios.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (U-matic) (210 min.) : sound, color
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14430598
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 02bcfdb0-66b0-0132-33f2-3c075448cc4b
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The Bessies