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The Bessies: the eighth annual New York Dance and Performance Awards
Gutierrez-Solana, Carlos, 1947- (Honoree)
Mason, Francis (Speaker)
Vasconcelos, Nana (Musician)
Curran, Sean (Speaker)
Pennewell, Norwood (Speaker)
Komar, Chris (Honoree)
DeCamp, Kyle (Honoree)
Nelson, Jeremy (Honoree)
Richardson, Desmond (Honoree)
Neumann, David (Honoree)
Gifford, Paula (Honoree)
Schönberg, Bessie (Contributor)
Duncan, Nancy (Honoree)
Carlson, Ann, 1954- (Speaker)
Fagan, Garth (Speaker)
Luna, James (Contributor)
Farley, Alice (Honoree)
Elovich, Richard (Honoree)
Clay, Paul (Honoree)
Wilkes, Cydney (Honoree)
Froot, Dan (Honoree)
Gordon, David, 1936- (Honoree)
Zaloom, Paul (Honoree)
White, David R (Speaker)
Killacky, John R (Host)
Prince, Liz, 1961- (Speaker)
Chase, Anthony G (Honoree)
Rees, S. (Sue) (Contributor)
Grooms, Mimi Gross (Contributor)
Snyder, Huck (Contributor)
Goese, Mimi (Speaker)
Cora, Tom (Honoree)
Oliveros, Pauline, 1932- (Honoree)
Hemphill, Julius (Honoree)
Diamond, Dennis (Director)
James, Harold (Videographer)
Greene, Larry (Speaker)
Hammons, David, 1943- (Honoree)
Lavender Light (Musical group) (Contributor)
Dance Theater Workshop (Producer)
Video D Studios (Videographer)

Dance Theater Workshop Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1991
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 56 min.). [Music] / performed by the Feetwarmers: Bill McClelland (piano, vocals) ; Steve Elson (tenor sax) ; Stan Harrison (alto and soprano sax) ; Peter Zummo (trombone) ; Dennis Masuzzo (bass) ; Bill Ruyle (drums, percussion) ; Jean McClelland (vocals).
Welcome and warnings / by David R. White, executive director and producer, Dance Theater Workshop.
Opening remarks / by John R. Killacky and Reno.
Reel 2 (ca. 44 min.). Visual design awards / presented by Liz Prince to Anthony Chase, Sue Rees, Mimi Gross, Huck Snyder.
Composer awards / presented by Mimi Goese to Tom Cora, Pauline Oliveros, Julius Hemphill.
Cher as Medea / performed by Jason Wilcox.
Special citations 1 and 2 / presented by Larry Greene to Carlos Gutierrez-Solana ; presented by Francis Mason to Yuriko.
Let's go to the jungle [excerpt] / musical work ; performed by Nana Vasconcelos with sound by Scott Lehrer.
Reel 3 (ca. 60 min.). [Music] / performed by the Feetwarmers [see credits above].
Performers awards / presented by Sean Curran and Norwood Pennewell to Chris Komar, Kyle DeCamp, Jeremy Nelson, Desmond Richardson, David Neumann, Paula Gifford.
Special citation 3 / presented by Bessie Schönberg to Nancy Duncan.
Choreographer/creator awards / presented by Ann Carlson and Garth Fagan to James Luna, Alice Farley, Richard Elovich, David Hammons, Lora Nelson, Paul Clay, Cydney Wilkes, Gusmiati Suid, Syekh Lah Genta, Atif Usman, Dan Froot, David Gordon.
Reel 4 (ca. 27 min.). Choreographer/creator awards (continued) / presented to Paul Zaloom.
Closing remarks / by John Killacky, Reno.
[Songs] / performed by Lavender Light: The Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8426
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-6012 (former)
Dance Theater Workshop
Dance -- Awards -- United States
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: presented by Dance Theater Workshop.
Performers: Co-hosts: John Killacky, Reno.
Venue: Videotaped at the Winter Garden, the World Financial Center, New York, on September 20, 1991, by Video D Studios ; director, Dennis Diamond ; camera, Harold James.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (188 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14430533
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1fa503e0-8748-0135-82ce-179b66d1be3c
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  • 1991: 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. 1991.

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The Bessies