Choreographer Pam Tanowitz is the second recipient of BAC’s distinguished award established in 2015 to support artists who embody John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s commitment to artistic innovation.
The Cage Cunningham Fellowship, awarded annually, includes $50,000 distributed over two years in support of the Fellow’s work. In addition, BAC provides use of the John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio for eight weeks, as well as significant administrative support for project development. Tanowitz will use her fellowship to create new interdisciplinary works.
The Cage Cunningham Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous donors to the Cage Cunningham Fund.
Choreographer Pam Tanowitz received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award in 2009 for her dance Be in the Gray With Me, presented by Dance Theater Workshop. She was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award in 2010, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2013-14.
She has received commissions and residencies from The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Duke Performances, Peak Performances, FSU's Opening Nights Series, and the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston. Her work was selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Tanowitz was a Resident Fellow at NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Juried “Bessie” Award Winner for her work the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces, and a recipient of a production grant from National Dance Project. In the 2017-2018 season, Tanowitz will premiere new works at Vail International Dance Festival (August 2017), and for Ballet Austin (February 2018). Her newest collaborative project with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, New Work for Goldberg Variations, was commissioned by and will have its world premiere at Duke Performances in October 2017, followed by a four city national tour. Tanowitz has also created or set work for City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, The Juilliard School, New York Theater Ballet, and Saint Louis Ballet; and has been a guest choreographer at Barnard College, Princeton University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Purchase College. She holds dance degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently teaches at Rutgers University.
Photos by Janelle Jones, Reel by Nel Shelby Productions