Michael Keegan-Dolan's RIAN, Joanna Haigood's PASEO and More Top 2012-13 Bessies; Winners Announced!

Michael Keegan-Dolan's RIAN, Joanna Haigood's PASEO and More Top 2012-13 Bessies; Winners Announced!

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premiere dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced tonight the complete list of winners for the 2012-13 season. The Bessies, produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, were held at the legendary Apollo Theater at 8:00 p.m., following red carpet interviews and photographs with the nominees in attendance. Former Cunningham dancer Gus Solomons Jr. and former American Ballet Theatre principal Martine van Hamel co-hosted the evening and also performed Paul Taylor's rarely seen 1957 Duet as part of the evening's performances.

Other performances included an excerpt of 2013 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Joanna Kotze's It has happened it was happening it will be happening and 2013 Juried Bessie Award winner Darrell Jones' Torchsong #1. The Second Company of Paul Taylor, Taylor 2, performed 3 Epitaphs.

Broadway legend Donna McKechnie presented Louis "Luigi" Faccuito with the Lifetime Achievement award, and noted dance historianLynn Garafola presented Nancy Reynolds with the Service to the Field Award. Other presenters included Renee Robinson, Violeta Galagarza, Joe Levasseur, Meredith Monk, Annie-B Parson, Steve Paxton, Desmond Richardson, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.

The 14 award recipients announced this evening at the Apollo are as follows:

Outstanding Production: Michael Keegan-Dolan's Rian for Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center's White Lights Festival, for a dance of life-affirming joy that featured an extraordinary group of dancers from Nigeria, Indonesia and Europe.

Also for Outstanding Production: Joanna Haigood's Paseo at Dancing in the Streets & Casita Maria Center for Arts, for taking the audience on a celebratory passage through Bronx cultural life set to the Latin beats that originated in these neighborhoods.

Also for Outstanding Production: Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett's Then She Fell for Third Rail Projects at Arts@Rennaissance and Kingsland Ward at St. Johns, for using dance and fractured text to create a dreamscape as compelling and disorienting as Alice in Wonderland's original journey.

Also for Outstanding Production: Liz Santoro's Watch It at Museum of Arts and Design, for blurring art and life by placing the audience in a space from which they viewed New York street life, choreography by chance and choice.