She's a rich girl
Tue May 22 2007
The final event of Neta Pulvermacher's 2007 A.W.A.R.D. Show! series was presented Sunday night at the Joyce Soho, with the grand prize going to Kate Weare. But who really cares about who created the "best" choreography? She beat out finalists Jennie MaryTai Liu with Hannah Heller, Nelly van Bommel and Kiyoko Kashiwagi to nab the $10,000 prize. Underwritten by Scott G. Kasen, the monetary award is an unrestricted creation-and-production grant.
Whether or not contemporary dance should be treated like a contest is one thing. But another element concerning the prizes turned out to be good-and-truly bizarre: Four other choreographers (who had placed second at A.W.A.R.D. events in January, February, March and April) were each awarded $1,000. That's right: The choreographers who lost out to Weare but won on their respective evenings ended up with nothing. Oh! Forgive me. Every participant got to take home a "Libertutu" award—described as "statue of liberty in a tutu skirt," representing freedom of the imagination. So sad.