Ohio State MFA Dance Alumna Abby Zbikowski was presented with the 2017 Juried Bessie Award at a press conference in New York, NY on July 12, 2017. The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, are New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field. According to the press release, "This year’s Bessies Jury—Kyle Abraham, Brenda Bufalino, and Beth Gill—recognized Zbikowski for her rigorous and utterly unique development of an authentic movement vocabulary, employed in complex and demanding structures to create dances of great energy, intensity, surprise, and danger....The Bessies Jury is responsible for selecting a choreographer who exhibits some of the most interesting and exciting ideas in dance in New York City today. A new panel of three acclaimed choreographers is convened each year. The award provides the honored dance maker with touring and residency opportunities outside of New York City through a partnership with the New York State DanceForce, a statewide network of arts organizers and presenters."
Zbikowski is a choreographer, assistant professor of dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and faculty member at the American Dance Festival. She was recently chosen as one of the inaugural artists for the Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence program at Princeton University. Read more>>>