Pam Tanowitz

United States

Pam Tanowitz

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting New-York based choreographer Pam Tanowitz for her new creations Secret Things and Song of Songs

Pam Tanowitz is a New York-based choreographer known for her post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. For The Royal Ballet, she created Everyone Keeps Me in 2019 as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebrations. For the 2022/23 Season, she will be creating a new work for the Linbury Theatre and a new work for The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration, her first for the Royal Opera House Main Stage.

She has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bard Summerscape Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Duke Performances, Peak Performances, FSU’s Opening Nights Series, and the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston. Tanowitz has created or set work for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, New York City Ballet, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, New York Theater Ballet and Saint Louis Ballet; and has been a guest choreographer at Barnard College, Princeton University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College and Purchase College. In 2000, she founded Pam Tanowitz Dance to explore dance-making with a consistent community of dancers. Her work was selected by the New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Her awards and fellowships include the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (2019), the Juried Bessie Award (2016), the Bessie award for Outstanding Production for Be in the Gray with Me (2009), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award (2010), Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University (2013–14), a Fall 2016 fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, the BAC Cage Cunningham Fellowship (2017) and a City Center Choreography Fellowship (2016–17). In January 2019, Tanowitz was named the first-ever choreographer in residence at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Originally from New Rochelle, New York, Tanowitz holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently a visiting guest artist at Rutgers University.

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