American dancer and choreographer Pam Tanowitz, known for collaborating with composers and visual artists on postmodern performances inspired by classical dances, has been awarded the 2017 Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Cage Cunningham Fellowship, reports Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Tanowitz was recognized for producing work that reflects the spirits of John Cage and Merce Cunningham.
Tanowitz will receive $50,000 and access to the center’s John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio for eight weeks, in support of the creation of a new work. Tanowitz and her fifteen-year-old company’s first project will be “Four Quartets,” an adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s poem, in collaboration with Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. “Her work is not an imitation of dance history, but is a distinct intellectual journey,” Mikhail Baryshnikov, the center’s artistic director, said in a statement.