The 2015 Martha Hill Awards Gala
On the occasion of our 15th anniversary, we honored Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Carla Maxwell and Murray Louis. The 2015 Mid-Career Award recipient was Mark DeGarmo and the Young Professional awardee was Jacoby Pruitt. The Dance Notation Bureau received a special citation for celebrating their 75th year. The Awards Gala took place on the evening of Monday, November 30, 2015 at The Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.
Although Mr. Louis was not well enough to attend the Gala, his award was graciously accepted by Alberto del Saz, director of the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance. We were deeply saddened when on February 1st, Mr. del Saz informed us of Mr. Louis' passing. A bright light has left the dance world.
Here is a lovely tribute to him by Jack Anderson of The New York Times.......
The Martha Hill Dance Fund Board (left to right) Standing: Elizabeth McPherson, Ani Udovicki,
Lance Westergard, David K. Manion, Henning Rübsam, Rebecca Stenn,
Liz Gerring Radke, Megan Williams, Yasuko Tokunaga, Allen Maniker
Seated: Vernon Scott, Ernesta Corvino, Andra Corvino
Carla Maxwell joined the José Limón Dance Company in 1965. She soon became a principal dancer under Limón's direction and, in 1975, served as Associate Artistic Director under Ruth Currier. Ms. Maxwell was appointed Artistic Director in 1978 and, during her 37 year tenure, the company has emerged as one of the finest repertory dance ensembles in the world. Awards include Dance Magazine (1995), a Bessie (1998) and an Isadora (2003). Her work has been honored by the governments of Colombia and Mexico.
The Dance Notation Bureau’s (DNB) mission is to advance the art of dance through the use of a system of notation. DNB does this by creating dance scores using the symbol system called Labanotation. This allows the dances to continue to be performed long after the lifetime of the artist. Dance scores function for dance the same way music scores function for music. DNB has produced and houses scores by artists such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Bill T. Jones, Doris Humphrey, William Forsythe, José Limón, Laura Dean, and about 270 others. Each year DNB assists in staging around 150-200 performances from scores.
The José Limón Dance Foundation
Jerry Bywaters Cochran, Allen Maniker,The Janis and Alan Menken Foundation,
Victoria Phillips, Elizabeth Gerring Radke
Jody & John Arnhold, Lynn Garafola, Jeanne Ruddy
Laura Colby, Kathleen Hardy Gray, Lawrence Reed Hansen, Virginia Johnson, Daniel Lewis, Dawn Lille,
Fred Murphy, Lawrence Rhodes, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Megan Williams, Joan Woodbury
Donations for Students
Gina Bonati, Helene Breazeale, Margot Mink Colbert, Ernesta Corvino, Laura Glenn,
Sally Hammond, Allen Maniker, Carla Maxwell, Lawrence Rhodes
2015 Honorary Committee
Gladys Bailin, Jonah Bokaer, Janis Brenner, Beverly D'Anne, Alberto del Saz, Julia Gleich, Laura Glenn, Ruth Grauert, Jan Hanvik, Roxane D'Orleans Juste, Phyllis Lamhut, Daniel Lewis, Lar Lubovitch, Jodee Nimrichter, Jody Oberfelder, Richard Ortner, Norton Owen, Shirley Ririe, Lawrence Rhodes, Jennifer Scanlon, Robert Small, Sarah Stackhouse, Risa Steinberg, Karen DeLuca Stephens, Clay Taliaferro, Emiko Tokunaga, Doug Varone, Joan Woodbury