We are proud to announce the recipients of two awards that acknowledge both the achievements and the potential of British Columbia’s choreographers. Serge Bennathan receives the Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance in recognition of his contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over 25 years; and Julianne Chapple is the recipient of the biennial Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award which supports the work of emerging artists.
Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of The Dance Centre, said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity both to support the work of younger artists whose careers are just starting to take flight, and to acknowledge the achievements of more established artists. These awards illustrate the depth of artistry in British Columbia’s dance community.”
The annual Isadora Award, named after the great dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), was instituted by The Dance Centre in 1999 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the dance profession in BC. Members of the dance community are invited to nominate artists for the award, and an independent jury of professionals working in the field selects recipients based on specific criteria. Serge Bennathan will receive an Isadora Award sculpture which was specially designed by the eminent glass artist Mary Filer, fully subsidized rehearsal space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to the value of $1000, and $500 cash. Previous Isadora recipients have included Susan Elliott, Peter Bingham, Chick Snipper, Crystal Pite, Joe Laughlin, Wen Wei Wang, Judith Garay, Paras Terezakis, Barbara Bourget, Lee Su-Feh and Jennifer Mascall.
The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award was established in memory of the pioneering educator who developed Simon Fraser University’s dance program. The biennial Award provides $5000 to assist an emerging artist between 19 and 35 years of age who demonstrates exceptional choreographic potential, to produce their work at Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. Through this Award, Julianne Chapple will premiere Suf(fix), her first full-length work, in 2018. Previous Award recipients are Amber Funk Barton (2005), Chengxin Wei (2007), Sara Coffin (2009), Shannon Moreno (2011), Vanessa Goodman (2013) and Deanna Peters (2015).
Congratulations Serge and Julianne!
Photos: Serge Bennathan courtesy of the artist; Julianne Chapple/Chris Bentzen
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