Wallace Alexander Gerbode, William and Flora Hewlett Foundations Award Six $50,000 Choreography Commissions

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode and William and Flora Hewlett foundations have announced the recipients of six $50,000 grants for dance and movement works by innovative California choreographers who reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of contemporary dance.

At least $12,500 of each grant will go to a choreographer working with a Bay Area nonprofit organization as a commissioning fee, while the remaining funds will help finance the creation and world premiere of the work. The works will have their premieres between December 2012 and December 2015.

The recipients of the 2011 Choreographer Commissioning Awards are the AXIS Dance Company in Oakland for Victoria Marks' Contingencies, featuring an original score by Beth Custer; Dancers' Group for Amara Tabor-Smith's He Moved Swiftly, choreographed in collaboration with playwright Ellen Sebastian Chang; Flyaway Productions for Jo Kreiter's Niagara Falling, choreographed in collaboration with video artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge; Margaret Jenkins Dance Studio, Inc. for Jenkins' Times Bones; Na Lei Hulu | Ka Wekiu for Patrick Makuakane's Ka Leo Kanaka; and Yannis Adoniou's Kunst-Stoff for Adoniou's Rapport.

"The awards for this year's choreographer commissions are a wonderful mix of new first-time and veteran applicants, a broad range of dance forms, and are culturally and ethnically diverse," said Gerbode Foundation president Thomas C. Layton. "We are thrilled to be able to support the vibrant work of these prominent choreographers during an important time in their careers."

"Six $50,000 Commissions for Choreographers Awarded by the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Press Release 01/19/2012.