Dance Off The Grid: “Bessie” Award Winning Dance

Saturday, April 21

153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY, United States


Event Description

Featuring Pam Tanowitz Dance (pictured), Beth Gill and Eiko Otake


This second performance of the Dance Off The Grid series was curated in partnership with Dance/NYC, responsible for the NY Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessies”). “The Bessies” recognize outstanding and groundbreaking creative work by independent dance artists in NYC, and are awarded in the categories of choreography, performance, music composition and visual design. Three past Bessie recipients will perform in this special Dance Off The Grid event.


PAM TANOWITZ: 2016 Juried Bessie Award

Awarded the Bessie “for using form and structure as a vehicle for challenging audiences to think, to feel, to experience movement; for pursuing her uniquely poetic and theatrical vision with astounding rigor and focus.”


BETH GILL: 2011 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer & 2011 Juried Bessie Award

Awarded the Bessie “for the choreographer exhibiting some of the most interesting and exciting ideas happening in dance in New York City today.”



2015 Danspace Project Platform: A Body in Places

Awarded the Bessie “for making herself “radically available” in public and private spaces over several weeks, actively engaging with pressing political and environmental issues of our time, and for collaborating with a wide range of artists through performances, readings, films, discussions, and rituals to evoke the power and meaning of the human body inhabiting a planet in crisis.”





Over the past 15 years choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience itself.  Tanowitz’ mission is to revitalize abstraction and formalism by obliterating the self-imposed dialectical boundaries of each, while stretching the material into uncharted territory.


  • Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011
  • Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2013-14.  
  • 2009 Bessie Award for Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop.
  • The New York Times Best of Dance series 2013, 2014, 2015.  




Beth Gill is an emerging choreographer who makes contemporary dance and performance in New York City. She has accumulated a body of work that critically examines issues relating to the fields of contemporary dance and performance studies, through a focused exploration of aesthetics and perception. Ranging from short-term improvised structures to long-term choreographed performances, her work has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop and New York Live Arts as well as performed internationally.


  • 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship recipient
  • New York City Center Choreography Fellow for 2012-2013
  • 2011 Bessie” Award Winner for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the Juried Award
  • Profiled in Michael Blackwood’s documentary New York Dance: States of Performance.




Eiko Otake is a Japanese-born choreographer/dancer, who since 1972 has performed with her partner Koma, to create a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound that transcends our everyday notions of time and space. In 2014, Eiko commenced her solo project, A Body in Places, through which she has been creating works that aim to explore the relationship of a fragile human body and the myriad intrinsic traits that are contained by a specific place. While her work with Koma created and used the drama of a duo, performing alone, her partner becomes the idiosyncratic elements of the places she occupies and those who watch.


Eiko, with her partner Koma, has been awarded the following:

  • Two “Bessies”(1984 and 1990)
  • Guggenheim (1985)
  • MacArthur (1996)
  • United States Artists (2006) Fellowships
  • Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004)
  • Dance Magazine Award (2006) for lifetime achievement in modern dance
  • Doris Duke Performing Arts Awards (2012)

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