For the fourth year, The AWARD Show – Artists with Audiences Responding to Dance – returns to the Joyce Soho from June 18 through 21. Performances will also take place in Chicago, Seattle, and Philadelphia, making it a multi-city event for the first time. Tickets for the New York City performances sold out fast, but audiences can watch a live webcast each night at 7 PM.
The AWARD Show was created in 2006 by choreographer Neta Pulvermacher/The Neta Dance Company and producer Marisa König Beatty in response to a need for a lab-like space in which working dance artists can engage in an open dialogue with the audience about the work presented.
Each series of The AWARD Show will present the work of twelve promising contemporary choreographers selected over four nights of performances. Three preliminary evenings will feature the work of four choreographers per night. After each performance, a moderated artist and audience discussion will take place, followed by an audience vote to select a finalist to perform again on the fourth and final night of the series. Each night the audience and the artists will be invited to a post-performance reception where further informal dialogue about the work is encouraged. On the final night, a panel of experts in dance and other cultural arts fields, along with the audience, will choose the winner of the award in that city. The first place winners in each of the four participating cities will receive $10,000 cash awards. The two runners-up in each city will receive $1,000. These awards are to be used toward the creation of new dance work.
Audiences watching the webcast won’t be able to cast their vote or engage in the post-performance conversation (perhaps there will be online voting and live blogging in future years), but it provides a much larger audience with the opportunity to watch the work of several rising choreographers. Tune in June 18-21 at 7 PM EST.