The Bessies, the annual awards for dance and performance in New York, have named veteran New York choreographer Trisha Brown as the winner of its first lifetime achievement award, The New York Times reports. The award will be presented on Oct. 24. at the Bessie Awards ceremony at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Ms. Brown has been on a tear of late, as art historians and curators take a closer work at the legacy of performance work. Her dance company recently performed at Dia:Beacon and the Museum of Modern Art, and also scaled down the exterior walls of the Whitney Museum. In June she restaged her seminal Roof Piece (1971) performance in the West Village along the High Line.
Photographer Babette Mangolte, who appeared in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, documented many of the early performances of Ms. Brown and her dance group in the 1960s and ’70s. They are well worth a look on Ms. Mangolte’s website.