bessies

Once a year, the entire dance community comes together at the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, to acknowledge and honor the outstanding works, dance companies and choreographers that have moved us.

The award recipients are chosen by the Bessie Selection Committee, which consists of artists, dance presenters, producers, journalists, critics and academics.
“Congratulations to all of the nominees,” says Lane Harwell, Chair of the Bessies Steering Committee. “The range of artists represented demonstrates the power and promise of our art form—what is happening, what is possible, who we are and who we might become.”
Here are 10 upcoming shows featuring artists nominated by the Selection Committee for this year’s Bessies. Definite must sees for this fall dance season!

Works & Process: American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre’s renowned dancers will perform a survey of Alexei Ratmansky’s work, and Ratmansky will join members of ABT’s ...

Trajal Harrell: Antigone Jr.

Through voguing, Trajal Harrell takes on a study of the role of Antigone from Sophocles' Greek tragedy.

David Gordon: Open Rehearsals

During his production residency for The Matter/2012 (premiering at Danspace Project October 25-27) David Gordon hosts a series of open ...

Liz Santoro: Watch It

How do we receive attention, and how do we give attention? What drives it, what distracts it, what dissolves ...

Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo

The nation's premier Latino dance company transforms the stage of The Apollo Theater into a glamorous social dance hall with ...

Yvonne Meier: The Shining

Back by popular demand, "The Shining" is a thrilling dance-installation set inside the intricate maze of 350 refrigerator boxes.

Darrah Carr Dance: ModERIN

Building on the success of last year’s sold-out run, renowned guest choreographer Seán Curran returns with an innovative twist for ...

John Jasperse: Focus Dance/Gotham Arts Exchange

The company performs at The Joyce Theater as part of the second season of FOCUS Dance, a partnership between Gotham ...

Keely Garfield Dance: Buckfast’s Bee Bows Out

"Buckfast's Bee Bows Out" is the latest offering from acclaimed dancer and choreographer Keely Garfield. Shedding her recent over-the-top epics, ...

Souleymane Badolo: Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO

The evening will include a new untitled work guided by the Gurunsi divination system bagger, a ritual where form and ...