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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 02:41 PM

It's a pleasure to be able to post this press release, not only because Leigh Witchel has won such a prestigious award, but because this year, a Guggenheim went to a BALLET choreographer.

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For Immediate Release

Date: April 13, 2001

Leigh Witchel recipient of 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship

New York, New York:

Dance as Ever is honored to announce that Dance as Ever's founder and
choreographer, Leigh Witchel has been named a 2001 Fellow of the John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation. The Fellowship in choreography is to support Mr.
Witchel's work over the next year. Previous recipients of this award have
included Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor. Mr. Witchel is the first
choreographer concentrating in classical ballet to receive this honor in more
than a decade.

Mr. Witchel began choreographing in 1987 and has made over 50 ballets to
date. He is a 1998 recipient along with Dance as Ever, Inc. of the Choo-San
Goh Award for Choreography and was a 2001 nominee for a CalArts Alpert Award
in the Arts. Dance as Ever, founded in 1993 by Mr. Witchel has produced seven
concerts in New York City working with dancers from the finest ballet
companies in the country, including Charles Askegard and Peter Boal.

For more information on the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation: [url="http://"http://www.gf.org"]http://www.gf.org[/url]

[ 04-13-2001: Message edited by: alexandra ]

#2 Natalia

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 02:45 PM

Congrats, Leigh! Yes - yes - yes - yes - yes!!!! :) :) :)

#3 Victoria Leigh

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 04:37 PM

WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS, LEIGH!!! :) :) :)

#4 Pamela Moberg

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 05:02 PM

Wonderful! Every time ballet gets a recognition of some kind I rejoice. Congratulations! I'll even do this one in Swedish - "GRATTIS!" for good measure. This might be the first word in Swedish ever on the pages of BalletAlert...

#5 Alexandra

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 05:22 PM

Thanks for the Swedish, Pamela. In Danish, I think it's tilykke :)

#6 Drew

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 05:54 PM

Yiddish words probably have appeared on this board before -- but here are some more: Mazel Tov!

#7 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 07:17 PM

Thanks. The foundation contacted me about a month ago, but it took time to finalize and confirm the decision, so I've been sweating since then. I believe that anyone working in the arts had best be prepared to go unrecognized for their entire career and to derive satisfaction from the work itself, so any recognition is a pleasant surprise to me.

The best part was when my 95 year old Nana congratulated me on winning a Duncan Hines prize. Duncan Hines is a brand of cake mix in America, the kind she's used for probably 60 years, so it was understandable. I thought that was breathtaking. Stupid Guggenheim! I want a Duncan Hines award!

Thank you for all the good wishes. They mean a lot to me.

[ 04-13-2001: Message edited by: Leigh Witchel ]

#8 Yvonne

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 08:16 PM

Bravo, Leigh!! I hope some day I'll have the opportunity to see one of your ballets! :)

#9 Terry

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 08:20 PM

Wow; that is amazing! CONGRATULATIONS~!! Like Yvonne, I hope to see your works someday. Any plans in the near future?

#10 Kevin Ng

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 09:34 PM

Leigh, warmest congratulations! I hope you can bring your company on a tour to Asia in the future.

#11 Andrei

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 10:49 PM

Leigh! I tried to congratulate you in Russian, but it doesn't work here, so, GO FOR IT !!!!
Yvonne and Terry you can order the video from Leigh's last performnce, I believe.

#12 Amy Reusch

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Posted 13 April 2001 - 11:54 PM

Originally posted by Andrei:
Yvonne and Terry you can order the video from Leigh's last performnce, I believe.


I don't believe... I know you can ;)

I hope you can all see his next concert. He certainly deserved the Guggenheim.

#13 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 14 April 2001 - 03:00 AM

That's great news! Congratulations! Well done, Leigh.

#14 salzberg

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Posted 14 April 2001 - 07:17 AM

Originally posted by alexandra:
not only because Leigh Witchel has won such a prestigious award, but because this year, a Guggenheim went to a BALLET choreographer.


. . .And it's especially gratifying that it went to one of ours!

. . .And I, too, hope to see more of Leigh's work soon.

[ 04-14-2001: Message edited by: salzberg ]

#15 Mel Johnson

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Posted 14 April 2001 - 06:48 PM

Congratulations, Leigh, I'm happy for you, and very proud.


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