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

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The Bessies: the fifth annual New York Dance & Performance Awards
Additional title: United States (Choreographic work : Gordon)
Additional title: Cranky destroyers (Choreographic work : Skura)
Additional title: Sarah (Choreographic work : Carlson)
Additional title: Untitled (Choreographic work : Jones)
Setterfield, Valda (Host)
Irwin, Bill, 1950- (Host)
Irwin, Bill, 1950- (Honoree)
White, David R (Speaker)
Schönberg, Bessie
Snyder, Huck
Tipton, Jennifer
Ferri, David (Honoree)
Mullins, Carol (Honoree)
Geiser, Janie (Honoree)
Pressner, Stan (Honoree)
Tyler, Edwina Lee (Speaker)
Baker, James, drummer
Halpern, Jeff (Honoree)
Tyranny, Blue Gene, 1945- (Honoree)
Skura, Stephanie (Choreographer)
Lachambre, Benoît (Dancer)
Moran, Brian (Dancer)
Rousseve, David (Dancer)
Segal, Margery (Dancer)
Wanner, Debra (Dancer)
Jones, Bill T (Speaker)
Jones, Bill T (Choreographer)
Jones, Bill T (Dancer)
Greco, Stephen (Speaker)
Whitfield, Tony
Shultz, Mary (Speaker)
Vawter, Ron (Speaker)
Vawter, Ron (Honoree)
Lennon, Joseph (Honoree)
Sabado, Keith (Honoree)
Pennewell, Norwood (Honoree)
Gries, Lance (Honoree)
Johnson, Kate (Honoree)
Carlson, Ann, 1954- (Creator)
Cale, David (Speaker)
Reitz, Dana (Speaker)
O'Connor, Tere
Hamilton, Ann, 1956- (Honoree)
Vandekeybus, Wim (Honoree)
Mey, Thierry de (Honoree)
Vermeersch, Peter (Honoree)
Kelly, John, 1954- (Honoree)
Streb, Elizabeth (Honoree)
Forsythe, William, 1955-
Gordon, David, 1936- (Choreographer)
Drogoul, Laure (Costume designer)
Geiger, Mary Louise (Lighting designer)
Fulton, Kurt (Director)
Siena, James
Kirshner, Andy (Composer)
Brenner, Shelley
Bly, Carol (Author)
ACT UP (Organization)
Watchface (Company)
Otrabanda Company (Performing group)
Dance Theater Workshop
Video D Studios

Dance Theater Workshop Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1988
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 52 min.). Excerpt from the Minnesota section of United States (1987) / constructed by David Gordon ; text by Carol Bly ; read and danced by Valda Setterfield.
Welcome and warnings / by David R. White, executive director and producer of Dance Theater Workshop ; includes presentation of an award to Bessie Schönberg.
Speech / by Bessie Schönberg.
Opening remarks / by Bill Irwin and Valda Setterfield.
Visual [and] lighting design awards / presented by Huck Snyder and Jennifer Tipton to David Ferri, Carol Mullins, Janie Geiser, Stan Pressner.
Composer awards / presented by Edwina Lee Tyler to James Baker, Jeff Halpern, Blue Gene Tyranny.
Reel 2 (ca. 50 min.). Excerpt from Cranky destroyers / choreography, Stephanie Skura in collaboration with the performers ; music, Beethoven (Symphony no. 5) ; costumes, Laure Drogoul ; lighting, Mary Louise Geiger ; danced by Benoît Lachambre, Brian Moran, David Rousseve, Margery Segal, Stephanie Skura, Debra Wanner.
Special citation / presented by Bill T. Jones to ACT UP.
Memoriam / introduced by Stephen Greco and Tony Whitfield ; music performed by Blue Gene Tyranny.
New York New York / excerpt from Watchface: Septophonic ; directed by Kurt Fulton and James Siena ; created and performed by Watchface.
Performer awards / presented by Mary Shultz and Ron Vawter to Joseph Lennon, Keith Sabado, Norwood Pennewell, Lance Gries, Kate Johnson, Ron Vawter.
Reel 3 (ca. 41 min.). Sarah / created and performed by Ann Carlson ; words and score, Andy Kirshner ; taped vocals performed by Shelley Brenner, Ann Carlson, Andy Kirshner.
Choreographer/creator awards / presented by David Cale and Dana Reitz to Tere O'Connor, Ann Hamilton, Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry de Mey, Peter Vermeersch, John Kelly, Elizabeth Streb, Otrabanda, William Forsythe, Ann Carlson.
Closing remarks / by Bill Irwin and Valda Setterfield ; includes presentation of choreographer/creator award to Bill Irwin.
Untitled (1988) / choreography and performance, Bill T. Jones ; music, Berlioz ("Absence").
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 4006
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-6042 (former)
Dance Theater Workshop
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: presented by Dance Theater Workshop.
Performers: Co-hosts: Bill Irwin, Valda Setterfield.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, on September 15, 1988, by Video D Studios.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassettes (U-matic) (143 min.) : sound, color
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14430590
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 246d88d0-66af-0132-d108-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Bessies" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1988.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Bessies" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 17, 2019.

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The Bessies