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Bessie Awards given to Darrell Jones and Joanna Kotze….

July 19, 2013

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Darrell Jones Receives Third Annual Juried Bessie Award

NYC’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announces Darrell Jones as the third annual recipient of the Juried Bessie Award. NY State DanceForce member Paz Tanjuaquio, Director of Topaz Arts presented the award during the 2012-2013 Bessie Award nominee press conference held at Gibney Dance.

Darrell Jones receiving Third Annual Juried Bessie Award

Darrell Jones receiving Third Annual Juried Bessie Award. Photo by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

The 2013 Bessie Jury, comprised of Ishamel Houston-Jones, Eiko Otake and Jason Samuels Smith select a choreographer who exhibits some of the more interesting and exciting ideas happening in dance in New York City today. For the second year, The Bessies are working with organizations in the NY State DanceForce network to provide residencies and performance opportunities for the honored artist.

Joanna Kotze named 2013 Bessie Award Recipient for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer

Joanna Kotze receiving the 2013 Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer

Joanna Kotze receiving the 2013 Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Photo by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Joanna Kotze is the recipient of the 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Beth Gill, 2011 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, presented the award during the 2012-2013 Bessie Award nominee press conference held at Gibney Dance Center.

Ms. Kotze was nominated for her work It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen, presented at Danspace Project.

In accepting the award Kotze stated, “I feel honored just to be nominated amongst these amazing people and after so many years being on the scene as a dancer. I never really imagined this would happen for me now. When you make work, you never know what it’s going to turn out to be, and I’m so glad it’s been accepted by the dance community.”

Other nominees were:
Justin Peck for Year of the Rabbit, presented by New York City Ballet
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith for Tulip, presented at Roulette
Ephrat Asherie for A Single Ride, presented at Dixon Place.

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