About the 2015 Awardees



Yvonne Meier | Performing Artist Award

Yvonne MeierOriginally from Zurich, Switzerland, YVONNE MEIER has lived and worked in New York City since 1979, where she became a member of the original group around Performance Space 122, regularly collaborating with Ishmael Houston-Jones and many others in the US and Europe. Her work, spanning anywhere from big spectacles to quiet solos, has been supported by three Fellowships in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Inter Arts, Franklin Furnace and Pro Helvetia. The American Master Piece program of the NEA has supported the upcoming recreation of her performance-instillation work, The Shining. She has received three “Bessie” Awards for her works The Shining (1993 and 2011) and Stolen (2009). She has twice been supported through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence program. Meier has been teaching Releasing Technique and Authentic Movement nationally and internationally for the last 30 years. After a life-long commitment to improvisation she has developed her own improvisation technique known as Scores. Meier also teaches children’s dance classes in NY Public Schools through Movement Research’s Dance Makers program.

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Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and arts activist. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a Bessie Award for their piece Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He recently revived THEM, his 1985 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane for which he was awarded his second Bessie Award. THEM has been seen at PS 122 and the American Realness Festival in New York City, Springdance in Utrecht, Centre Pompidou in Paris, HAU 2 with the TanzImAugust festival in Berlin, and REDCAT in Los Angeles, with an upcoming engagement in April 2013 at TAP Poitiers, in France.

Fabian “Farbeon” Saucedo | Arts Educator Award

Fabian FABIAN “FARBEON” SAUCEDO epitomizes the Hip Hop Renaissance. As a poet, emcee, singer, photographer and educator, he has graced stages, panels and classrooms across the United States and abroad, from the streets of Spanish Harlem to the halls of Georgetown University to the former USSR air-force hangers of Hip-Hop KEMP in the Czech Republic. In addition to rocking shows with The Last Poets, Rob Swift, Fishbone, The Coup, Wordsworth, Rhymefest, The Visionaries, J-Live, Method Man, Camp-Lo, Blu, Aloe Blacc & DJ Exile, he has co-taught classes with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Sadat X and Fab Five Freddy.

With nearly 15 years in education, he works to develop pedagogy that moves beyond high-stakes testing and bridges the gap between the arts, academics and social youth development. He has taught Poetry, Performance, Song-Writing, Photography & Hip-Hop History and Culture at high schools, universities and community centers throughout the United States and abroad. FARBEON is the co-founder and Director of The Hip Hop Re:Education Project a community-based organization that uses the Hip Hop elements to inspire and transform communities, engage disadvantaged and disaffected youth and improve youth motivation and achievement. As well, through his work with the BronxBerlinConnection, he has not only facilitated the production of multi-lingual, cross-cultural youth music-works, but he has also help facilitate 9 international exchange trips, using art and education to explore and express the unique experiences of urban youth around the world, the critical challenges they face and the solutions necessary to enact change in their communities. And since 2011, he has also worked as the Cultural Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at Dixon Place Theater, woking to bring community youth groups into the space to experience quality performance opportunities.

Farbeon recently completed his Masters Degree in Hip Hop Re:Education through the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University. His sixth album, Organic Intellectual, is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2015. For more information, please visit: www.farbeon.com. For more information on the Hip Hop Re:Education Project please visit: www.reeducate.org.

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The Hip Hop Re:Education Project Youth Board — A New York City-based community-arts organization at the forefront of global Hip Hop Education and youth empowerment. We use Hip Hop culture to inspire and transform communities, engage marginalized and disaffected youth and improve youth motivation and achievement. We are committed to critical pedagogy and the creative process as realized through the Hip Hop Elements. Hip Hop Re:Education prepares the next generation of ARTivists to push the envelope artistically and to use each creative effort to advocate for change in their own lives and the greater community.

Gina Gibney | Arts Manager Award

Gina GibneyGINA GIBNEY, CEO & Artistic Director, Gibney Dance, has created a repertory of over thirty works, including fourteen evening length projects that have been widely presented throughout the United States and abroad. In recent years, her work has been presented by such distinguished organizations as Works and Process at the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Florence Gould Hall (New York), Danspace Project (New York), Symphony Space (New York), White Bird Dance (Oregon) the Yale Repertory Theater (Connecticut), L’Agora de la Danse (Montreal, Canada) and Internationale Tanzmesse (Dusseldorf, Germany). Described as a “poet of modern dance” by the New York Times, Gibney is also dedicated to bringing the power of dance – both in performance and in practice – to new audiences and communities. Gibney has received recognition and support from prestigious organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Community Trust/Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund and many others. Committed to serving the dance community, Gibney has established Gibney Dance Center, two facility resource for training, creation and presentation. Gibney serves on the Boards of Directors of Dance/NYC, and is a former Director of Danspace Project and Dance/NYC. She is a frequent panelist and speaker on the topics of dance, social action and entrepreneurship. A native of Ohio, Gibney currently resides in New York City.

Photo credit: Christopher Duggan

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Amy Miller is a former member of the Ohio Ballet, and a founding member and guest choreographer of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater. In addition to numerous university residencies, her choreography has been seen at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, & Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series, & Women in Motion. Recent performance credits include David Parker and The Bang Group, Collective Body Dance Lab, & the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Mac Wellman | Honorary Award

Mac WellmanMAC WELLMAN’s recent work includes Horrocks (and Toutatis Too) Woo World Wu at Emerson College in Boston in 2013 (with Erin Mallon & Tim Sirgusa); and Muazzez at the Chocolate Factory (PS122’s COIL Festival) with Steve Mellor, in 2014; 3 2’s; or AFAR at Dixon Place in October 2011, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (with composer David Lang) at Montclair in the fall of 2006 (and elsewhere more recently); and 1965 UU for performer Paul Lazar, and directed by Stephen Mellor at the Chocolate Factory in the fall of 2008. He has received numerous honors, including NEA, Guggenheim, and Foundation of Contemporary Arts fellowships. In 2003 he received his third Obie, for lifetime Achievement. In 2006 his third novel, Q’s Q, was published by Green Integer, and in 2008 a volume of stories, A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds, was published by Trip Street Press as well as a new collection of plays The Difficulty of Crossing a Field from Minnesota Press. His books of poetry include Miniature (2002), Strange Elegies (2006), Split the Stick (2012) from Roof Books, and Left Glove (2011), from Solid Objects Press. His novel Linda Perdido won the 2011 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction. He is Distinguished Professor of Play Writing at Brooklyn College.

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