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 FRANCISCO
San 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 – Company
The Dancers of Terra Incognita, Revisited, performed for the West Wave Festival at Z Space.
Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Ensemble
Katie 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 Theater
Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Individual
Sofiane Sylve, Symphony in C, “2nd movement, choreography by George Balanchine, performed by the San Francisco Ballet at the Stern Grove Festival
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Alex Ketley, Kara Davis, Katie Faulkner, Manuelito Biag, Terra Incognita, Revisited, performed in the West Wave Festival at Z Space
Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text
Zakir Hussain, Music for Scheherazade, choreography by Alonzo King, performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the Novellus Theater
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design
Axel Morgenthaler, Lighting Design; Robert Rosenwasser, Set Design; Colleen Quen, Costume Design, Scheherazade, choreography by Alonzo King, performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, at Novellus Theater
Christopher Haas, Set Design, Triangle of the Squinches, choreography by Alonzo King, performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet at Novellus Theater
Enrico Labayen, Costumes & Visual Design, En-Gulfed, choreography by Enrico Labayen, performed by Labayen Dance/SF, at Dance Mission Theater
Outstanding Achievement in Restaging / Revival / Reconstruction
Antoine Vereecken, restaging of Chroma by Wayne McGregor (2006), performed by San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House
Special Award Honorees
Lorena 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 House
Nina 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 Arts
Sustained Achievement Honorees
Deborah 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 community
Cathleen McCarthy and Joan Lazarus and West Wave Dance - for 20 years of presenting groundbreaking dance in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dr. 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
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