Rinde Eckert wins an inaugural Doris Duke Artist Award!
For Immediate Release Contact: Kristin Roth-Schrefer Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 212.974.7003 [email protected] THE DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN $5.5 MILLION TO THE FIRST CLASS OF DORIS DUKE ARTISTS 21 Outstanding Performing Artists Are the First Participants in an Unprecedented Nationwide Initiative to Expand Artistic and Personal Freedom for Creative Leaders in the Fields of Jazz, Contemporary Dance and Theatre NEW YORK, NY, April 19, 2012 — Twenty-one of America’s most vital and productive performing artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and multidisciplinary work were announced today as the first class of Doris Duke Artists, sharing a total of $5.775 million awarded in an unprecedented new initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). Each member of the first class will receive an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $50,000 more in targeted support for retirement savings and audience development. Creative Capital, DDCF’s primary partner in the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, will also offer the awardees the opportunity to take part in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and grantee gatherings—all designed to help them maximize the use of their grants. DDCF is granting these awards as part of a $50 million, ten-year commitment over and above its existing funding for the performing arts. By the end of the ten years, DDCF will have offered a total of at least 200 artists greatly expanded freedom to create, through an initiative that makes available the largest allocation of unrestricted cash grants ever given to individuals in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and related fields. Provided to honorees through a rigorous, anonymous process of peer review—no applications are accepted—the grants are not tied to any specific project but are made as investments in the artists’ personal and professional development and future work. DDCF is naming the first Doris Duke Artists in the year that marks the centenary of the birth of Doris Duke (1912-1993). The 2012 inaugural award recipients are: • • • Anne Bogart, theatre (New York, NY) Don Byron, jazz (New York, NY) Wally Cardona, dance (Brooklyn, NY) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Rinde Eckert, multidisciplinary performance (Upper Nyack, NY) Bill Frisell, jazz (Seattle, WA) Deborah Hay, dance (Austin, TX) John Hollenbeck, jazz (Binghamton, NY) Vijay Iyer, jazz (New York, NY) Marc Bamuthi Joseph, multidisciplinary performance (Oakland, CA) Elizabeth LeCompte, theatre (New York, NY) Young Jean Lee, theatre (Brooklyn, NY) Ralph Lemon, dance (New York, NY) Richard Maxwell, theatre (Brooklyn, NY) Sarah Michelson, dance (Brooklyn, NY) Bebe Miller, dance (New York, NY and Columbus, OH) Nicole Mitchell, jazz (Long Beach, CA and Chicago, IL) Meredith Monk, multidisciplinary performance (New York, NY) Eiko Otake, dance (New York, NY) Takashi Koma Otake, dance (New York, NY) Basil Twist, theatre (New York, NY) Reggie Wilson, dance (Brooklyn, NY) The members of the first class of Doris Duke Artists vary in age from their mid-thirties to their late sixties and early seventies. While all are widely recognized as accomplished creators in their fields, some are known for exploring and reinterpreting an existing tradition (Don Byron), some for expanding the parameters of an art form (Meredith Monk) and some for creating astonishing new hybrids (Rinde Eckert). To qualify for consideration by the review panels, all of the Doris Duke Artists must have won grants, prizes or awards on a national level for at least three different projects over the past ten years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program. The first class of artists were chosen based on demonstrated evidence of exceptional creativity, ongoing self-challenge and the continuing potential to make significant contributions to their fields in the future. Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at DDCF, stated, “We are thrilled to offer these awards to a remarkable inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. We hope these flexible, multiyear, unrestricted cash grants demonstrate our commitment to investing in, empowering and celebrating these individuals, who have proven time and time again that they are leaders in their fields and deserving of our support. We established the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative in recognition of the fact that individual artists—however celebrated and accomplished—too often struggle to piece together a life of economic dignity. We hope these awards allow artists to step off the project treadmill, should that be their desire, and offer them freedom to experiment, to reflect and to try something new without fear of failure or other negative consequences.” Rachel Ford, Program Director for the Doris Duke Performing Artists Awards, stated, “This first class of 21 Doris Duke Artists is known for creating work that inspires and challenges audiences across the country, and indeed around the globe. Our program will give these incredible artists 2 an opportunity to define their own needs on their own schedules—whether those needs include health insurance, project research or just time to sit down and think. At its heart, this award recognizes the important contributions of these performing artists to the dynamic cultural fabric of our nation.” Ruby Lerner, Executive Director, Creative Capital, added, “We are so excited to be partnering with DDCF on this important program, which will make an extraordinary investment in the careers of the awardees, and by extension in the field overall. Creative Capital is a permanent laboratory for best practices in artist services, with more than a decade’s experience of helping thousands of artists achieve success. This flexible program of funding and multi-faceted support will encourage these outstanding artists to think boldly in their artistic work and strategically in their professional and personal planning.” DDCF will eventually name a total of at least 100 Doris Duke Artists, each of whom will receive $225,000 as an unrestricted cash grant over three to five years and will qualify for an additional $25,000 earmarked for audience development—including but not limited to arts education. In addition, DDCF is prepared to provide $25,000 more on an incentive matching basis for retirement savings. DDCF will also offer Doris Duke Impact Awards to at least 100 jazz, theatre, contemporary dance and multidisciplinary artists, selected through an anonymous peer-review process for their demonstrated potential to influence their fields. Unlike the Doris Duke Artists, these individuals may not yet have received significant national support. Each Impact Award recipient will receive $60,000 in unrestricted funding over a period of two to three years, an additional $10,000 earmarked for audience development and $10,000 on an incentive matching basis for retirement savings. The Doris Duke Artist Awards and the Doris Duke Impact Awards will be announced in classes of approximately twenty between 2012 and 2016, and 2014 and 2018, respectively. More information about the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards is available at www.ddpaa.org. About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. Established in 1996, the Foundation supports four national grant-making programs. It also supports three properties that were owned by Doris Duke—in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island—all of which are open to the public for educational and recreational purposes. The Foundation awarded its first grants in 1997. To date, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $1 billion. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org. 3 About Creative Capital Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has committed nearly $25 million in financial and advisory support to 372 projects representing 463 artists, and its Professional Development Program has reached more than 4,000 artists in 50 communities across the country. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org. About Doris Duke On the Centenary of Her Birth Born on November 22, 1912 in New York City, Doris Duke was the only child of John Buchanan (J.B.) Duke, a founder of the American Tobacco Company and Duke Energy Company. Upon his death in 1925, his fortune was divided between Doris, who was then only 12 years old, and the Duke Endowment—a foundation he established to serve the people of the Carolinas. Intelligent, daring and independent, Doris Duke used her wealth to pursue her personal interests, many of which were considered unconventional during the period but today reveal her prescience as a free-thinking adventurer. Among other things, she was a passionate patron, participant and lover of the arts, actively pursuing forms such as jazz piano and composition as well as modern dance—which she studied with celebrated choreographer Martha Graham. She was also an early funder of AIDS research; an environmentalist and horticulturist who bred a new hybrid of orchid; a war correspondent in Italy during World War II; and a bold experimenter who learned to surf before the sport was widely known outside of Hawaii. Her abundant interests also extended to foreign cultures, international travel and the visual arts. Through her many trips around the world, she acquired countless treasures, most of which are currently on display at her former home, Shangri La—now a center for the study of Islamic art and cultures. A lifelong philanthropist, Doris Duke also contributed to a variety of public causes, including medical research and child welfare. When she was just 21, she established a foundation called Independent Aid through which she gave away the equivalent of hundreds of millions in today’s dollars—often as anonymous contributions. At age 56, she then established the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) to save the rapidly disappearing 18th-century architecture in Newport, Rhode Island. Finally, through her will, she established her ongoing legacy by calling for the creation of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), which has to date awarded more than $1 billion in grants. 4 BIOGRAPHIES THE FIRST CLASS OF DORIS DUKE ARTISTS (2012) Anne Bogart: Director (New York, NY) Anne Bogart is Artistic Director of the ensemble-based SITI Company, which she co-founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. With SITI, Bogart has directed more than 25 works at venues across the country and around the world including bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Radio Macbeth, Score and the April 2012 world premiere of Café Variations at Emerson College in Boston, MA. The influential actor training methods—the Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method—used by SITI and pivotal in the creation of their productions are taught around the United States and the world. Bogart heads the MFA Directing program at Columbia University, where she has been a professor since 1993. She has written three key books on approaches to acting and directing. Bogart has received numerous awards and fellowships including the ATHE Career Achievement in Professional Theater Award (1999), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), the USA Rockefeller Fellowship (2006) and an honorary doctorate from Skidmore College (2011). With SITI, she will collaborate with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on a piece for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s celebration of the centennial of The Rite of Spring in 2012. http://www.siti.org/ Don Byron: Composer, Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Arranger (New York, NY) Don Byron is a multi-instrumentalist, who has performed at festivals around the world and has been repeatedly voted top jazz clarinetist in the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is also a composer who has created albums that celebrate music legends or bring new life to neglected moments in the history of jazz and popular music. These albums include Do the Boomerang—The Music of Junior Walker (Blue Note, 2006) and the Grammy-nominated Ivey Divey (Blue Note, 2004), interpreting the music of Lester Young. Additionally, he has composed and arranged for a wide range of projects, from documentary film soundtracks to dance performances. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007) and the USA Prudential Fellowship (2007); in 2009, he received the Rome Prize in musical composition and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in musical composition for “7 Etudes for Solo Piano.” A native of New York City, he has long been a part of the New York cultural community through roles such as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Artist in Residence at Symphony Space. He was recently a visiting associate professor at MIT and is currently at the State University of New York, Albany, where he teaches theory, saxophone, improvisation and composition. His most recent release is Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy, 2011), the debut album of the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, exploring the music of Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. http://www.donbyron.com Wally Cardona: Choreographer, Performer (Brooklyn, NY) In 1997, Wally Cardona founded Wally Cardona Quartet, which is known for works that combine scale (whether intimate or large), site architecture and materials from construction paper to synthetic grass to create movement. This approach is revealed in works such as Everywhere (2005), in which all action was shaped around 300 columns, and vice-versa; Site (2007), a work for five dancers, wood, paper, tape and The Capital H.S. Band in Helena, MT; and Really Real (2009), a work that unites the life and thoughts of philosopher Sören Kierkegaard with seven dancers and 35 nondancers ranging in from age 11 to 55. Cardona has been commissioned to create works for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space and many others. A recipient of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006) and Bessie Award (2006), he has also received support from MAP Fund, National Performance Network Creation Fund and NEFA National Dance Project. Originally trained as a competitive gymnast and clarinetist, he studied dance at the Juilliard School and subsequently danced with Ralph Lemon’s company until 1995. Cardona has taught for festivals, universities and companies around the globe; he currently teaches at The Juilliard School and The New School in New York City. Tool Is Loot (2011), a collaborative production with Paris-based choreographer Jennifer Lacey, is now on tour. http://wcvismorphing.org Rinde Eckert: Writer, Composer, Director, Performer, Singer (Upper Nyack, NY) Rinde Eckert is a singer, writer, composer, performer and director known for the flexibility and inventiveness of his singing voice. Performed throughout North America and abroad, his interdisciplinary works have included the recent national tour revival of And God Created Great Whales (2000 Drama Desk nomination, OBIE Award), Orpheus X (2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Finalist) and Horizon (2008 Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination). Among other awards, Eckert has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), the Alpert Award in the Arts (2009) and a Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance (2012) for his vocals on eighth blackbird’s Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, for which he also created the libretto. Eckert’s creative process often integrates with his teaching practice and takes place in university settings—including extended teaching artist residencies at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, the University of California at Davis and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In autumn 2012, he will work on a new commission with scholars in animal studies and neuroscience as part of a residency with the theater department of Wesleyan University. http://www.rindeeckert.com Bill Frisell: Guitarist, Composer, Arranger (Seattle, WA) Bill Frisell’s artistry on the guitar reveals an extraordinary range, rooted in jazz but just as often incorporating elements of American blues and popular music traditions. As a performer and composer, he has won acclaim for his solo and jazz trio performances; interpretations of the music of figures such as John Lennon with his 2011 work, All We Are Saying; explorations of Brazilian, Greek and Malian music; arrangements for extended ensembles; creating scores for Buster Keaton silent films; and arranging music for Gus Van Sant films such as Finding Forrester. He is an extremely prolific artist, often releasing as many as three recordings in a year for projects as diverse as a soundtrack to accompany a retrospective of photographer Mike Disfarmer with Disfarmer (Nonesuch, 2009) to self-described “futuristic roots music” with the ensemble Floratone in the newly released, Floratone II (Savoy, 2012). Among many awards, he has received the USA Rasmuson Fellowship (2006) and has been nominated for Grammy awards in 2004 for The Intercontinentals and in 2008 for History, Mystery; in 2004, he received the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Unspeakable. Most recently, he composed and arranged the music for The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson (429 Records/Paris, 2012), featuring a cast of musicians and actors led by Tim Robbins, Dr. John, Ralph Steadman, Annie Ross, John Joyce III and Will Forte. The project brings together Thompson's classic Gonzo reportage on the 1970 Kentucky Derby to life through spoken word and musical composition. http://www.billfrisell.com Deborah Hay: Choreographer, Performer (Austin, TX) Emerging in the 1960s from the Merce Cunningham Company and Judson Dance Theater, and now with more than 40 years of work in the dance field, Deborah Hay began early in her career to challenge the distinction between trained and untrained performers and embarked upon nowlegendary large-scale dance projects. During the 1970s, she developed her distinctive set of practices and memory/concept mode of recording choreography (based on narratives underlying the 2 dance), first in Vermont and then in Austin, Texas. She distilled her solo dances from months-long group workshops, and by the late 1990s, she was focusing on these experimental works, which she both performed herself and set on noted performers from around the world. Hay’s most recent works, including The Match, O,O and No Time To Fly, seek to redefine the choreographic method of her solo pieces. She is also the author of three influential books regarding her creative approach to dance and has received awards including an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Dance from the Theater Academy in Helsinki, Finland (2009), the USA Friends Fellowship (2010) and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant (2011). She regularly teaches, leads workshops and participates in artist residencies, including serving as the 2012 Paul Mellon Distinguished Fellow at the Skowhegan artist residency program. Her upcoming projects include site-specific work at the Menil Collection in Houston, TX; continued exploration of her Solo Performance Commissioning Project in Scotland; and performances of No Time to Fly at Danspace in New York City. She will also be performing at the Museum of Modern Art as part of Ralph Lemon’s curated performance series in November 2012, and her works, A Lecture on the Performance of Beauty, No Time to Fly, As Holy Sites Go will be featured at the Walker Art Center in December 2012. http://www.deborahhay.com John Hollenbeck: Drummer, Percussionist, Composer (Binghamton, NY and Berlin, Germany) John Hollenbeck's versatility as a drummer, percussionist and composer is shown in a range of work that challenges genre boundaries. His compositions and performances with smaller ensembles include the more avant-garde Refuge Trio (with vocalist Theo Bleckmann and keyboardist Gary Versace) as well as the modern jazz and popular music influenced Claudia Quintet (DownBeat’s Rising Star Jazz Group, 2008). His unique approach to big band work is evident in the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, which was cited as DownBeat’s Rising Star Big Band, 2011. The ensemble’s releases A Blessing (Omnitone, 2005) and eternal interlude (Sunnyside Records, 2009) were also nominated for Grammys. Recently, the CMA/FACE French-American Jazz Exchange Program awarded Hollenbeck a grant to develop work with Daniel Yvinec and the Orchestre National de Jazz of France, resulting in the release of Shut Up and Dance (Bee Jazz, 2010). This recording was named as one of the top five albums of 2010 by Le Monde, and his song “Falling Men” received a 2012 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Composition. Known also for his prolific career—often releasing several recordings in a year—he has been recently commissioned by Bang on a Can and the People’s Commissioning Fund; the Ethos Percussion Group funded by the Jerome Foundation; Gotham Wind Symphony; and the Painted Bride Art Center of Philadelphia, PA. His awards and honors include winning the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Contest (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007) and the ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award (2010). Since 2005, he has been a professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation at the Jazz Institute Berlin. http://johnhollenbeck.com Vijay Iyer: Pianist, Composer (New York, NY) Grounded in the jazz piano traditions of Ellington, Monk and others, and drawing from a wealth of South Asian, African, European and American influences, Vijay Iyer has won acclaim for his vital solo performances and compositions. He has released sixteen albums as a leader, including the multipleaward-winning Historicity (ACT, 2009), featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio (Iyer, piano; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Stephan Crump, bass). A 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Historicity explores relationships between the past and the present, offering both original material and covers of songs such as hip-hop artist M.I.A.’s “Galang.” Iyer was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India. His many other honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2003), the Greenfield Prize (2012), a Creative Capital grant (2002) and numerous composer commissions. A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, the New School and the School for Improvisational Music. In 2013, he will serve as Director of the Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, a program founded in 1974 by Oscar Peterson. His most recent release with the Trio is a follow up to Historicity, called Accelerando (ACT, 2012). http://www.vijay-iyer.com 3 Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Writer, Director, Performer, Choreographer (Oakland, CA) A self-described “cultural athlete,” Marc Bamuthi Joseph has crossed the disciplines of hip-hop, spoken word, theater and dance. Several of his works have toured across the U.S., Europe, and Africa including Word Becomes Flesh, which uses poetry, dance and live music to document nine months of pregnancy from a young single father's perspective and the break/s, a multimedia hip-hop performance incorporating a drummer and beat box artist. As an educator and essayist, Joseph has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities; been a commentator on National Public Radio; and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, Lehigh University, Mills College and the University of Wisconsin. He mentored 13- to 19-year-old writers and curated the Living Word Festival and Left Coast Leaning as founding program director and artistic director emeritus of the San Francisco nonprofit, Youth Speaks. He is also the co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one-day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and focused environmental action. Among his awards and citations, he has received the USA Rockefeller Fellowship (2006), a Creative Capital grant (2006) and the Alpert Award in the Arts (2011). Word Becomes Flesh was re-mounted in December 2010 as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' "American Masterpieces" series, and will tour throughout North America and Hawaii through 2013. He is the new Director of Performing Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. http://livingwordproject.org/lwp_mbj.html Elizabeth LeCompte: Director, Designer, Choreographer (New York, NY) Elizabeth LeCompte is a founding member and Artistic Director of The Wooster Group, an ensemble known for deconstructions of classic texts (Hamlet, The Emperor Jones) and integration of multimedia. Recent productions have toured to cities around the world and include Who's Your Dada?! (2006), commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art to close its Dada exhibition; the opera La Didone (2009) by Francesco Cavalli and Giovanni Francesco Busenello; and Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams (2011). Over three decades, LeCompte has directed more than 20 theatre works, nine film and video works and choreographed four short dance pieces. She has received many honors including an NEA Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in American Theater (1991), a MacArthur Fellowship (1995), a NEFA National Dance Project grant (2001), a MAP Fund grant (2001), the Skowhegan Medal for Performance (2005), the order of the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (2006), the USA Rockefeller Fellowship (2007) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008). In 2012, with the Wooster Group, she will collaborate with the Royal Shakespeare Company on a production of Troilus and Cressida that will premiere at the World Shakespeare Festival as the culmination of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London. http://thewoostergroup.org Young Jean Lee: Playwright, Director, Performer (New York, NY) Playwright and director Young Jean Lee often starts her creative process by forcing herself to imagine a play she would hate to write—and then writing that play. The results are emotionally raw, sincere and humorous works that address issues of race, gender and identity such as Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, a Korean American identity play about white people in love. She has written and directed nine shows in New York with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and toured her work to more than twenty cities around the world. Her plays have been published by Theatre Communications Group and by Samuel French. Her work is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Plan B/Paramount Pictures. She is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant (2006), four MAP Fund grants, a Creative Capital grant (2009), the Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2010) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), among many other honors. She is a member of New Dramatists and 13P and has an MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Currently, she is an artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory and has upcoming international tours of Untitled Feminist Show and the 2011 OBIE Award-winning We’re Gonna Die. http://www.youngjeanlee.org/ Ralph Lemon: Choreographer, Conceptualist, Director, Writer, Installation Artist (New York, NY) Choreographer Ralph Lemon is artistic director of Cross Performance, Inc. in New York. Lemon develops intellectually rigorous and experimental performances that are as socially and politically resonant as they are personal. His epic cycle The Geography Trilogy—which includes Geography 4 (1997), Tree (2000) and Come Home Charley Patton (2004)—evolved over nine years and has been performed at major venues across the United States. He has also exhibited visual art installations drawn from his research and working process and has published several books with Wesleyan University Press to accompany The Geography Trilogy. Other recent projects include the three-DVD set of The Geography Trilogy; a web installation; and a 2009 multimedia performance commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Rescuing the Princess. His most recent multimedia project, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?, is a culmination of an eight-year collaboration with Walter Carter, a 102-year-old former sharecropper, carpenter and gardener from Mississippi. Lemon is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), a Creative Capital grant (2000), the USA Prudential Fellowship (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009) and the American Choreographers Award. He has been artist-in-residence and George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004); Temple University in Philadelphia (2005–06); and most recently, he was an IDA fellow at Stanford University. http://www.ralphlemon.net Richard Maxwell: Playwright, Director, Composer (Brooklyn, NY) Richard Maxwell is the founder and artistic director of the New York City Players. In staging his own works and other plays, he is known for an approach that strips away the conventions and habits of American theatrical realism. With his company, he has staged more than 20 of his works including Drummer Wanted, Showcase, Ode to the Man who Kneels, Ads and Neutral Hero and has been commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London; the Lyric Hammersmith, London; Theater Bonn; the Wexner Center, Columbus; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; the Hebbel-Theatre, Berlin; Toneelgroep Amsterdam; Festival Theaterformen, Hannover; Festival d’Automne, Paris; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; and Performance Space 122, The Kitchen and Soho Rep in New York. A volume of his plays, Plays, 1996-2000: Richard Maxwell, has been published by Theatre Communications Group. Among his awards and honors, he is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant (2000) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), and his work has been recognized with an OBIE Award (House) and Best in Festival Award at Theatrespektakel Zurich (Good Samaritans). Currently, he is a resident writer at New Dramatists. Maxwell’s latest commission, in collaboration with the New York City Players, is from the Whitney Museum of American Art and as part of a residency at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, April 25-29. http://www.nycplayers.org/ Sarah Michelson: Choreographer, Performer (Brooklyn, NY) Choreographer Sarah Michelson synthesizes performance, installation, sound and architectural elements in unexpected ways. In works such as Dover Beach (2009), she literally recasts and restages the piece as she travels from place to place, retaining the strongest elements of the previous performances but allowing the character of the new dancers and new locales—from Arizona State University to The Kitchen—to influence the piece as well. Her work has been commissioned by Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oaks Project (The Experts), the Walker Art Center (Daylight (for Minneapolis)) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (Dogs), among others. Michelson has been a resident artist at On the Boards, Montclair State University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Walker Art Center, among other venues. Her work has been supported by numerous grants and awards, including the Der Foerder Prize, Arts International’s DNA Project Grant, the Altria Group, the Jerome Foundation, multiple NEFA National Dance Project grants, multiple MAP Fund grants, a Creative Capital grant (2006), the Alpert Award in the Arts (2006) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009). She has served as associate director of Movement Research and editor-in-chief of Performance Journal and is currently an associate curator of dance at The Kitchen. Devotion Study #1- The American Dancer is a reinvestigation of her recent collaboration with playwright/director Richard Maxwell, Devotion, and is featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Bebe Miller: Choreographer, Director, Performer (New York, NY and Columbus, OH) Bebe Miller has been creating dances for more than 20 years and formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985. Known for a mix of virtuosic dancing and fundamental humanity, her choreography has been produced at major dance centers throughout the world. In addition to her ongoing work with her ensemble, Miller has received commissions from Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadanco, Phoenix Dance Company in Great Britain and Johannesburg's PATH Dance Company, among other groups across the country and abroad. 5 Collaboration being fundamental to her creative process, she has worked with numerous composers, visual artists, writers, filmmakers and directors on works such as Verge, Aerodigm, Landing/Place (NEFA National Dance Project grant recipient) and Necessary Beauty (Creative Capital, MAP Fund, NEFA National Dance Project and National Performance Network Creation Fund grant recipient). Miller has received four Bessie Awards for choreography and direction, most recently for her collaboration with the 11-member creative team in Landing/Place (2005), and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988) and the USA Ford Fellowship (2010). She is currently a Full Professor of Dance at Ohio State University, a Founding Fellow of the Center for Creative Research, a member of the International Artists Advisory Board of the Wexner Center and a board member emeritus of Danspace Project. Her newest work, History, features video by Lily Skove and installation by Maya Ciarrocchi and investigates archives as sites of re-creation and interaction. It will have a world premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts in September 2012. http://www.bebemillercompany.org Nicole Mitchell: Flutist, Composer, Bandleader (Long Beach, CA, and Chicago, IL) Nicole Mitchell is an instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and educator known for her improvisation and technique on the flute, and repeatedly cited by DownBeat Critics Poll as top flutist and noted by the Jazz Journalists Association as Flutist of the Year in the last few years. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, Mitchell reaches across genres, integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011) and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works. She served as the first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians; in recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named Chicagoan of the Year in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. Mitchell is a recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts (2011) and has been commissioned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Maggio Fiorentino Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy). In 2009, she created Honoring Grace: Michelle Obama for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. She has been a faculty member at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute, the Sherwood Flute Institute, Banff International Jazz Workshop and the University of Illinois: Chicago and is currently an assistant professor in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology at the University of California, Irvine. Her recent composition, Flight for Freedom for Creative Flute and Orchestra, a Tribute to Harriet Tubman, premiered with the Chicago Composers’ Orchestra in December 2011. http://www.nicolemitchell.com Meredith Monk: Composer, Singer, Director/Choreographer, Filmmaker (New York, NY) A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” Meredith Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, and light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. In 1968, Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. In 1978, she formed Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble to further expand her musical textures and forms. In addition to her numerous vocal pieces, music-theater works and operas, Monk has created vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments, with commissions from Michael Tilson Thomas/New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Her music can also be heard in films by Jean-Luc Godard and the Coen Brothers, among others. Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre and at major venues in countries from Brazil to Syria. Monk’s numerous honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (1995), a Creative Capital grant (2000), the USA Prudential Fellowship (2006), a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts (2011), and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006). She was also recently named Musical America’s 2012 Composer of the Year and one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices. With a discography featuring more than a dozen recordings, mostly on ECM Records, her CD impermanence was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award. Monk is currently developing a new music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, premiering in 2013. http://www.meredithmonk.org 6 Eiko Otake: Choreographer, Performer, Writer (New York, NY) Eiko Otake is a choreographer, director and performer. For nearly forty years, she has partnered with Takashi Koma Otake as Eiko & Koma—creating a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound and time. Eiko & Koma’s choreography and stagecraft are characterized by bold, highly theatrical strokes, as well as serenity in lush, visual environments. In addition to working closely with Koma in creating every aspect of their production, Otake shapes the conception and contextualization of their work through her writing. She also often works on lighting and digital media. Eiko & Koma’s stage performances include Cambodian Stories, a collaboration with young Cambodian painters; Death Poem; and Mourning, a collaboration with pianist Margaret Leng Tan. Outdoor spaces have also played a crucial role in their work, particularly Offering (in Battery Park near Ground Zero in 2002), Tree Song (at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. in 2004) and Water (in the reflecting pool on Lincoln Center Plaza in 2011). Awards include a MacArthur Fellowship (1996), the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004), the Dance Magazine Award (2006) and the first USA Prudential Fellowship (2006). Otake is a Founding Fellow of the Center for Creative Research and is currently an artist-in-residence at Wesleyan University, where she teaches interdisciplinary classes. Otake received a Master of Arts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her translation of Kyoko Hayashi’s memoir From Trinity to Trinity was published from Station Hill Press in 2010. From 2009–12, Eiko and Koma presented a multi-venue Retrospective Project. It featured video documentaries, two career exhibitions (at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the New York Public Library for Performing Arts), a revival of several pieces from their past repertoire, a national tour of retrospective program, new performance works—Raven and Water (both a collaboration with musician Robert Mirabal)—and Fragile (a collaboration with Kronos Quartet). The Retrospective Project also included a 144-hour performance of "living" installation Naked at Walker Art Center, which published the first comprehensive monograph of Eiko & Koma's work: Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty. www.eikoandkoma.org Takashi Koma Otake: Choreographer, Performer, Installation Artist (New York, NY) Takashi Koma Otake is a choreographer, director, performer and installation artist. For nearly forty years, he has partnered with Eiko Otake as Eiko & Koma—creating a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound and time. Eiko & Koma’s choreography and stagecraft are characterized by bold, highly theatrical strokes, as well as serenity in lush visual environments. Otake takes the lead—while still informed by and shaped with Eiko—on designing and creating the distinctly hand-made, visual environments for Eiko & Koma’s performances and installations including When Nights Were Dark, Naked, and Tea House. Outdoor spaces have also played a crucial role in their work, particularly Offering (in Battery Park near Ground Zero in 2002), Tree Song (at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. in 2004) and Water (in the reflecting pool on Lincoln Center Plaza in 2011). Awards include a MacArthur Fellowship (1996), the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004), the Dance Magazine Award (2006), and the first USA Prudential Fellowship (2006). From 2009 to 2012, Eiko and Koma presented a multi-venue Retrospective Project. It featured video documentaries, two career exhibitions (at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the New York Public Library for Performing Arts), a revival of several pieces from their past repertoire, a national tour of retrospective program, new performance works— Raven, Water (both a collaboration with musician Robert Mirabal)—and Fragile (a collaboration with Kronos Quartet). The Retrospective Project also included a 144-hour performance of "living" installation Naked at Walker Art Center, which published the first comprehensive monograph of Eiko & Koma's work: Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty. www.eikoandkoma.org Basil Twist: Puppeteer, Director (New York, NY) Puppeteer and director Basil Twist furthers the artistry and technical craft of puppetry through a diverse range of works—from the abstract underwater ballet Symphonie Fanastique (1999 OBIE Award, Drama Desk nomination) to the large-scale marionette staging of La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco (staged at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival in 2005) to his multimedia interpretation of the intimate Japanese dogugashi stage mechanism in Dogugaeshi (Japan Society, 2004). A third-generation puppeteer, Twist is the only American to have graduated from the École 7 Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette in France. Twist’s work also investigates the synthesis of puppetry with live music with pieces such as Master Peter’s Puppet Show, which he created with the EOS Orchestra and subsequently performed at the Ravinia Festival and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic) or his upcoming commission for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s celebration of the centennial of The Rite of Spring in 2012. Awards and honors include a Creative Capital grant (2000), the USA Ford Fellowship (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), multiple MAP Fund grants and multiple Jim Henson Foundation grants. He currently serves as Artistic Director of HERE Art Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, one of the few programs in the country to develop and commission contemporary, adult puppet works. Four of his shows are currently being presented as part of a Basil Twist Festival in Washington, D.C., running through May 6, 2012. http://www.basiltwist.com Reggie Wilson: Choreographer, Performer (Brooklyn, NY) Choreographer Reggie Wilson is Artistic Director of Fist & Heel Performance Group, which he founded in 1989. Drawing from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas and combining them with post-modern elements, he forms his own personal movement style to create what he calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.” His work with Fist & Heel has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Dance Umbrella (Austin, TX), Summerstage (NYC), Linkfest and Festival e’Nkundleni (Zimbabwe), Dance Factory (South Africa), Danças na Cidade (Portugal), Festival Kaay Fecc (Senegal) and The Politics of Ecstasy (Berlin, Germany). He has also traveled extensively to research religious communities throughout the American South, and to the Caribbean and regions of Africa to work with dance and performance groups. These experiences have informed his work, including Black Burlesque (revisited), Big Brick - a man’s piece and more recently, The Good Dance- dakar/brooklyn. This last work reflected a multi-year exchange and collaboration with Congolese choreographer Andréya Ouamba’s company 1er Temps. He has recently served as visiting faculty at Columbia College in Chicago, Northwestern and Wesleyan universities, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2002), the Alpert Award in the Arts (2009), the USA Prudential Fellowship (2009) and the Joyce Award (2012), among many other awards. His upcoming (project) Moseses Project, will explore how we lead and why we follow and will have its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival in 2013. http://www.pentacle.org/roster_reggie_wilson.php 8