The Bessies: New York Dance and Performance Awards [1987]

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The Bessies: New York Dance and Performance Awards [1987]
Additional title: Overture (Choreographic work : Marshall)
Additional title: Harmonica breakdown (Choreographic work : Dudley)
Additional title: Two (Choreographic work : Miller and Lemon)
Additional title: Big picture (Choreographic work : Chuma)
White, David R. (Speaker)
Adams, Carolyn (Host)
Eichelberger, Ethyl, 1945-1990 (Host)
Mullins, Carol (Speaker)
Pfaff, Judy, 1946- (Speaker)
Atlas, Charles (Honoree)
Bowery, Leigh (Honoree)
Fromont, Remon (Honoree)
Hébert, Pierre, 1944- (Honoree)
Sandström, Phil (Lighting designer)
Hendryx, Nona (Speaker)
Tyler, Edwina Lee (Honoree)
Jaroslow, Risa (Dancer)
Terry, Sonny (Musician)
Dowling, Susan (Speaker)
Schönberg, Bessie (Speaker)
Lemon, Ralph (Choreographer)
Miller, Bebe (Choreographer)
Jesurun, John (Speaker)
Stewart, Ellen, 1919-2011 (Honoree)
Besserer, Rob (Speaker)
Fleming, Donald (Honoree)
Eginton, Meg (Honoree)
Paraiso, Nicky (Honoree)
Washington, Shelley (Honoree)
Nelson, Lisa (Honoree)
Paxton, Steve (Choreographer)
Wiener, Nina (Speaker)
Bernd, John (Speaker)
Reitz, Dana (Honoree)
Tipton, Jennifer (Honoree)
Finley, Karen (Honoree)
Keersmaeker, Anne Teresa de (Honoree)
Brown, Anthony T. (Speaker)
Margolis, Kari (Speaker)
Wilson, Robert, 1941- (Honoree)
Byrne, David, 1952- (Honoree)
Hanayagi, Suzushi (Honoree)
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 (Composer)
Marshall, Susan, 1958- (Choreographer)
Dudley, Jane (Choreographer)
Resto, Luis (Composer)
Hyams-Hart, Christopher (Composer)
Klingensmith, Robin (Costume designer)
Diamond, Dennis (Videographer)
Boston Ballet (Dancer)
Margolis Brown Adaptors Company (Associated name)
Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks (Performer)
Video D Studios (Production company)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1987
Table of Contents
CONTENTS: Reel 1 (approx. 60 min.): Overture. Chor: Susan Marshall. Mus: Luis Resto. Perf. by the Boston Ballet. -- Speech by David White, executive director of Dance Theater Workshop. -- Speech by Ian Scholes. -- Visual design awards, presented by Carol Mullins and Judy Pfaff to Charles Atlas/BodyMap/Leigh Bowery, Remon Fromont, Pierre Hebert, and Phil Sandström. -- Reel 2 (approx. 29 min.): Composer award, presented by Nona Hendryx to Edwina Lee Tyler. -- Harmonica breakdown. Chor: Jane Dudley. Mus: recording by Sonny Terry. Perf. by Risa Jaroslow. -- Special achievement award, presented by Susan Dowling to Charles Atlas. -- Memoriam for those dead of AIDS, introduced by Bessie Schönberg. -- Reel 3 (approx. 55 min.): Two. Chor/perf: Ralph Lemon and Bebe Miller. Mus: Christopher Hyams-Hart. Cos: Robin Klingensmith. Lighting: Sandström. -- Special achievement award, presented by John Jesurun to Ellen Stewart. -- Performer awards, presented by Rob Besserer to Donald Fleming, Meg Eginton, Nicky Paraiso, Shelley Washington, and Lisa Nelson. -- Goldberg variations: excerpt. Chor/perf: Steve Paxton. Mus: J. S. Bach. -- Choreographer/creator awards, presented by Nina Wiener and John Bernd to Dana Reitz/Jennifer Tipton, Karen Finley, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Ralph Lemon/Bebe Miller, Tony Brown/Kari Margolis of the Adaptors. -- Reel 4 (approx. 17 min.): Choreographer/creator awards, cont. Acceptance speech |||| by Margolis and Brown; presentations to Robert Wilson/David Byrne/Suzushi Hanayagi, Steve Paxton, and Ethyl Eichelberger. -- The big picture: The winds of change. Chor: Yoshiko Chuma. Mus: Nona Hendryx. Perf. by Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks with Hendryx and other musicians.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2845
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3766 (former)
New York Dance and Performance Awards
Awards -- New York (State) -- New York
AIDS (Disease)
Television programs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Venue: Fourth annual New York Dance and Performance Awards. Videotaped in performance by Dennis Diamond of Video D Studios at City Center Theater, New York, on September 10, 1987.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (U-matic) (161 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12175179
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d2034940-b2c0-0131-f061-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Bessies" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1987.

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The Bessies