The Bessies Announce 2020 Nominees

(Under Siege, photo by DING Yi Jie)

The NY Dance and Performance Awards, "The Bessies," New York City’s dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, today announced the nominees for the 2019–20 season. This year, each of the nominees will be honored with a $500 honorarium, courtesy of a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Honorees for Lifetime Achievement, Service to the Field of Dance, and 2020 Special Citation will be announced at The 36th annual Bessies Ceremony, streamed on a virtual platform on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:30pm Eastern.

Nominees in design categories:

Outstanding Sound Design/Musical Composition:

• Quran KarriemSoundz at the Back of My Head by Thomas F. DeFrantz/Slippage, at Gibney

• Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Ntuthuko MbuyaziCion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero by Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theater, at The Joyce 

* Stephan MooreLast Audience by a canary torsi/Yanira Castro at New York Live Arts

• Nioka Workman, nia love, and Antoine Roney: g1(host):lostatsea by nia love, at Gibney

Outstanding Visual Design:

• Peter Born (Set and Lighting Design): Sitting on a Man’s Head by Okwui Okpokwasii and Peter Born, at Danspace Project

• Liam O’Brien & Kelly Hanson (Costume and Scenic Design), Mary Ellen Stebbins and Jane Cox (Lighting Design): Days Go By by Monica Bill Barnes and Robert Saenz de Viteri, at Brookfield Place New York

• Ricarrdo Valentine and Orlando Zane Hunter (Video): Afro/Solo/Man by Brother(hood) Dance!, at Gibney

• Tim Yip (Visual Director and Set) and Beili Liu (Installation): Under Siege by Yang Liping Contemporary Dance, at David H. Koch Theatre

For full nominations and ticket info:

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