Here is the press release announcing the winners of the awards (emphasis in blue
[mine] = ballet):2012 ISADORA DUNCAN DANCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 26th ANNUAL CEREMONY IN SAN FRANCISCOSan Francisco, California, March 26, 2012 - -
The winners of the 2012 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony featuring luminaries from the local, national and international dance communities
Hosting the ceremony at ODC Theater in San Francisco were the celebrated choreographer Val Caniparoli and Denise Pate, Cultural Funding Coordinator for the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.
Among those presenting awards were Edward Villella
, Founding Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet and former New York City Ballet dancer; choreographer Scott Wells, Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers; KT Nelson, choreographer and Co-Artistic Director of ODC; former San Francisco Ballet ballerina Joanna Berman
; choreographer Sara Shelton Mann, founding Artistic Director of Contraband; Rudi Soriano, choreographer and Artistic Director of Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble; filmmaker and cinematographer Austin Forbord; Carlos Carvajal, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival; Rob Bailis, former Theater Director of ODC; composer, musician Joan Jenrenaud and flamenco singer Kina Mendez.The following is the list of Izzie Award winners by award category.Outstanding Achievement in Performance – CompanyThe Dancers of Terra Incognita, Revisited, performed for the West Wave Festival at Z Space.Outstanding Achievement in Performance – EnsembleKatie Faulkner and Brandon “Private” Freeman, Until We Know For Sure, choreography by Katie Faulkner, performed at The A.W.A.R.D Show, at ODC TheaterOutstanding Achievement in Performance – IndividualSofiane Sylve, Symphony in C, “2nd movement, choreography by George Balanchine, performed by the San Francisco Ballet at the Stern Grove FestivalOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyAlex Ketley, Kara Davis, Katie Faulkner, Manuelito Biag, Terra Incognita, Revisited, performed in the West Wave Festival at Z SpaceOutstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/TextZakir Hussain, Music for Scheherazade, choreography by Alonzo King, performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the Novellus TheaterOutstanding Achievement in Visual DesignAxel Morgenthaler, Lighting Design; Robert Rosenwasser, Set Design; Colleen Quen, Costume Design, Scheherazade, choreography by Alonzo King, performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, at Novellus TheaterChristopher Haas, Set Design, Triangle of the Squinches, choreography by Alonzo King, performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet at Novellus TheaterEnrico Labayen, Costumes & Visual Design, En-Gulfed, choreography by Enrico Labayen, performed by Labayen Dance/SF, at Dance Mission TheaterOutstanding Achievement in Restaging / Revival / ReconstructionAntoine Vereecken, restaging of Chroma by Wayne McGregor (2006), performed by San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera HouseSpecial Award HonoreesLorena Feijoo, Maria Kochetkova, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sarah Van Patten, & Vanessa Zahorian – “The Many Faces of Giselle” - for 5 stellar interpretations of the title role in the quintessential romantic ballet Giselle, performed by the San Francisco Ballet at the War Memorial Opera HouseNina Menendez and The Bay Area Flamenco Partnership – for the 2010 Festival Flamenco Gitano which presented two multi-generational families of flamenco artists from the Spanish gypsy community of Andalucia.Patty-Ann Farrell – for her lighting designs for the 33rd San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSustained Achievement HonoreesDeborah DuBowy and Words on Dance - for 18 years of presenting celebrated dance artists with the opportunity to speak about their careers and share their passion for dance with the larger dance communityCathleen McCarthy and Joan Lazarus and West Wave Dance - for 20 years of presenting groundbreaking dance in the San Francisco Bay AreaDr. James Garrick and The Center for Sports Medicine at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital - for the Saint Francis Dance Medicine practice, created to meet the unique needs of stage performers The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, known locally as the Izzies, are awarded annually to acknowledge exceptional creative achievements in the performance and presentation of dance. Awards are given in nine categories to honor the dancers, choreographers, designers, composers, dance companies, dance scholars and other individuals who have made important contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving dance community.During each 12-month performance cycle, running September 1 – August 31, the Committee collectively views over 400 eligible performances. The final nominees and honorees are selected at an annual voting meeting held in September after the close of the viewing cycle.Member profiles and lists of previous nominees and award winners are available online at
www.izzies.org.The Izzies Committee is supported by donations from individuals, groups, the Fleishhacker Foundations, the Zellerbach Family Fund and Wells Fargo Bank.
Congratulations to all the winners