The 21st New York Dance and Performance Awards, also known as the Bessies after renowned composition teacher and former Sarah Lawrence dance program director Bessie Schönberg, were presented recently at the Joyce Theater. Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that two alumnae/i and one Artist-in-Residence were honored at this year’s Awards.
Alumna Meredith Monk ‘64 received a choreographer/creator award for 40 years of dedication to dance. Alumnus Christopher Williams ’99 received a choreographer/creator award and a performer award for "Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins". Neil Greenberg, currently the Viola Farber Artist-in-Residence, received the Time Out New York Award, which is determined by audience votes, for “Partial View.”
The awards honor outstanding achievement in dance and related performance, and the ceremonies typically reflect upon the issues of the day facing artistic communities. As always, the works honored with this year’s Bessies are reflective of the challenges and triumphs of today’s artists.