The Bessies Announce Emerging Choreographer Nominees
The Bessies has a history of highlighting the most exciting dance made in New York City. Officially known as the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards, the commitee consists of 40 members from various backgrounds. Their 2015 nominees for Emerging Choreographer have just been announced, and they're as intriguing as ever:
Moriah Evans, who recently escorted audience members one-by-one into the theater to watch her Social Dance 1-8: Index at Issue Project Room. Like in several of her pieces, the work had an uncanny way of distinguishing the difference between the dance and the dancer.
Storyboard P, the jaw-dropping contortionist who has taken his form of flex dancing, called mutant, from the streets of Brooklyn to the stages of the Apollo and Sadler's Wells. He can tell an entire story with a ripple of his arm.
Yves Laris Cohen, who blurs the line between visual art and performance with pieces that explore and illuminate the technical processes behind putting on a dance show. His pieces have repurposed things like New York City Ballet's portable stage floor, and, most recently, a black curtain.
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, "it was my heart's desire to create change in the world," he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer.
Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn't identify strongly with any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?