Quran Karriem BESSIE Award Nomination
We are proud to announce SLIPPAGE affiliate, Quran Karriem, is a nominee for the 2020 Bessies Awards! He is nominated for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design for the SLIPPAGE production “Soundz at the Back of My Head.”
Quran gave the following statement:
It’s an incredible privilege to be recognized for this honor as part of SLIPPAGE, which has given me inspiring theoretical and technical contexts to create art within, and with brilliant thinkers. I’m especially thankful to my principal collaborators during the development of “Soundz in the Back of My Head”: SLIPPAGE’s director, Thomas F. DeFrantz, for his generous mentorship and spacious, critical approach to collaborative improvisation, and to the intermedia artist Rebecca Uliasz, who is such a pleasure to work, think, and make alongside across myriad projects. I feel fortunate beyond belief to have forged relationships with such thoughtful interlocutors.
Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies have saluted outstanding and groundbreaking creative work by independent dance artists in NYC for 36 years. Known as “The Bessie” in honor of revered dance teacher Bessie Schönberg, the awards were established in 1984 by David White at Dance Theater Workshop. They recognize exceptional work in choreography, performance, music composition and visual design.
A Selection Committee comprised of artists, presenters, producers, designers and writers choose nominees. All those working in the dance field are invited to join the NY Dance and Performance League—members participate in annual discussions on the direction of the awards and nominate members to serve on the Selection Committee.