White Bird’s “Come Fly Away” Gala, June 8
ANNOUNCING THE 2nd ANNUAL WHITE BIRD DANCE AWARDS –RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN DANCE-
AT WHITE BIRD’S “COME FLY AWAY” GALA JUNE 8, 2014.
4 AWARDS, 6 AMAZING WOMEN, INCLUDING A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO
JUDITH JAMISON OF ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
White Bird proudly announces the 2nd Annual White Bird Dance Awards, to be presented at its Come Fly Away Gala Benefit, on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at The Atrium at Montgomery Park (2701 NW Vaughn Street, Portland).
More information about the Gala at whitebird.org/awards
The White Bird Dance Awards recognize
1) Lifetime Achievement in Dance, 2) an Angel who has made a significant difference as a volunteer or donor supporting dance/the arts in the Portland region, 3) Excellence in Community Engagement, and 4) An established or emerging choreographer in the Western States who will receive a $15,000 prize called the ‘Barney’ Prize to create a new dance work for a future White Bird Season.
2014 Award recipients:
• Lifetime Achievement — Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
• Angel — Gwyneth Gamble Booth, and Carole Morse, PGE Foundation
• Excellence in Community Engagement — Tere Mathern, Mary Oslund, and Conduit Dance
• ‘Barney’ Choreographic Prize — Tahni Holt, Portland-based choreographer
All awardees (except for Carole Morse) will appear at the June 8 event to receive their awards.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN DANCE: JUDITH JAMISON, ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Recognizing a dance artist from the United States who has made an extraordinary contribution to contemporary dance.
Judith Jamison is Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Legendary dancer with the Ailey Company for over 15 years, Ms. Jamison was appointed Artistic Director by Alvin Ailey in 1989 and served in that position until 2011, bringing the Company to unprecedented heights.
ANGEL AWARD: GWYNETH GAMBLE BOOTH AND CAROLE MORSE, PGE FOUNDATION
Recognizing an individual(s) who has made a significant difference in his/her/their community either as a volunteer or donor supporting dance/the arts in the Portland region.
Gwyneth Gamble Booth was the first woman named to the board of directors of Portland General Electric in 1981 and has been chair of PGE Foundation since its inception in 1997. Carole Morse was with Portland General Electric since 1995 and recently retired in May 2014. She led PGE Foundation’s philanthropic programs since their inception and was named President of PGE Foundation in 2002. Both women, who have served on numerous boards, have been long-time advocates for education and the arts.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD: TERE MATHERN, MARY OSLUND AND CONDUIT DANCE
Recognizing an individual or organization serving the Portland-area dance field that has made a major contribution by bringing together dance artists and community members, including youth, in an impactful way.
Originally founded in 1995 by Mary Oslund and Linda K. Johnson and subsequently run by six artist administrators, Conduit Dance (housed in the Pythian Building on SW Yamhill in downtown Portland), became a nonprofit in 2001 under Co-Directors Tere Mathern and Mary Oslund. Through the drive and vision of these two acclaimed choreographers, Conduit took its place as Portland’s major incubator for independent contemporary dance artists in the Portland region, and as a site where audience and artists engage with contemporary dance. Mary Oslund stepped down as Co-Director in 2010, and Tere Mathern has served as Artistic Director since that time launching Dance+ in 2012, a summer dance festival that promotes regional dance artists.
‘BARNEY’ CHOREOGRAPHIC PRIZE: TAHNI HOLT
The ‘Barney’ Choreographic Prize, named after Paul and Walter’s white Goffin cockatoo who inspired the name of the company White Bird, gifts a cash award of $15,000 to an emerging or established choreographer from the Western states, whose dynamic artistry and singular voice stand out among all others. This monetary prize will be used to create a substantial new dance work to premiere in a future White Bird season.
Tahni Holt, who graduated from the Tisch School for the Arts/NYU in 1997, has been creating solo and collaborative work since that time, which has been presented throughout the Northwest and beyond, including at PICA’s TBA Festival, On the Boards and Bumbershoot (Seattle). Her most recent work was the critically acclaimed Sunshine, performed November 2012 at the BodyVox Dance Center. Holt is the founder of the new dance center FLOCK, dedicated to movement exploration, creation and artistic practice by Portland’s contemporary and experimental dance artists.
The cash award is funded through a generous donation by the Dorothy Lemelson Trust and the White Bird/MKG Financial Group New Works Fund. The first annual recipient of this prize was visionary choreographer Alonzo King, whose company Alonzo King LINES Ballet, will perform the White Bird commissioned piece, Feb. 26-28, 2015 at the Newmark Theatre.
ABOUT WHITE BIRD
Since its founding in 1997, White Bird has presented over 190 dance companies from around the world and commissioned 31 new works. White Bird is dedicated to bringing the best contemporary dance to Portland, Oregon and making dance exciting, educational and accessible to everyone in the Portland community.