Melissa Toogood in Pam Tanowitz's work, featured with Stuart Singer. Photo by Christopher Duggan

Melissa Toogood in Pam Tanowitz’s work, featured with Stuart Singer. Photo by Christopher Duggan

Once a year, the entire dance community comes together for the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, to acknowledge and honor outstanding and groundbreaking creative work in the field. The 31st Annual Bessie Awards will be held Monday, October 19 at The Apollo Theater.

Bessie Award categories include Outstanding Production, Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Performer, Outstanding Music Composition or Sound Design, and Outstanding Visual Design. The award recipients are chosen by the Bessie Selection Committee, an independent committee of 39 dance industry professionals.

See the work of nominated artists at venues across New York City. Below is a list of must-sees this fall and winter season.


Photo courtesy of An American in Paris.

Photo courtesy of An American in Paris.

Robert Fairchild in American in Paris
The Palace Theatre
Ongoing
Outstanding Performer nominee Robert Fairchild stars in the award-winning Broadway musical An American in Paris.

Justin Peck's 'Rōdē,ō. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Justin Peck’s ‘Rōdē,ō. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Justin Peck: ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes
New York City Ballet | David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
October 2-4, 7
New York City Ballet’s fall season includes Justin Peck’s Bessie-nominated production ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes.

Photo courtesy of Reid Bartelme

Photo courtesy of Reid Bartelme

Reid Bartelme: Costume Designer
American Ballet Theatre
October 28-30
Check out Reid Bartelme’s costumes in AFTEREFFECT, a Marcelo Gomes Company premiere. Bartelme is nominated for Outstanding Visual Design for his body of work in collaboration with Harriet Jung.

Neil Greenberg's This. Photo by Ian Douglas

Neil Greenberg’s This. Photo by Ian Douglas

Neil Greenberg: “This” solo
JACK
November 5-7
Choreographer Neil Greenberg presents a solo at JACK based on his Bessie-nominated production, This.

Pavel Zuštiak. Photo by Robert Flynt

Pavel Zuštiak. Photo by Robert Flynt

Pavel Zuštiak: Custodians of Beauty
New York Live Arts
December 2-5
Pavel Zuštiak, recipient of the 2015 Juried Bessie Award, presents a new work at New York Live Arts, combining dance, live music, and visual arts.

Ellen Fisher in Meredith Monks suite from Songs of Ascension. Photo by Paula Court

Ellen Fisher in Meredith Monk’s suite from Songs of Ascension. Photo by Paula Court

Ellen Fisher in Meredith Monk’s new work
Danspace Project
December 17-19
Ellen Fisher, nominated for her Sustained Achievement in Performance in the work of Meredith Monk, performs in a new work by Monk in collaboration with Anne Waldman.

Melissa Toogood in Pam Tanowitzs Broken Story (where in there is no ecstasy). Commissioned and presented by Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Photo by Christopher Duggan

Melissa Toogood in Pam Tanowitzs Broken Story (where in there is no ecstasy). Commissioned and presented by Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Photo by Christopher Duggan

Melissa Toogood and Pam Tanowitz
The Joyce Theater
February 18-21, 2016
Two Bessie nominees! Outstanding Performer nominee Melissa Toogood takes the stage in a new work by Pam Tanowitz, a choreographer nominated for a 2015 Outstanding Production award.