Pam Tanowitz (CBA ’16) has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience. Pam Tanowitz Dance was founded in 2000 as a platform for Tanowitz to explore her vision with a consistent group of dancers. Since then the company has received commissions and residencies at prestigious performance venues such as the Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2013-14. In 2009, she received a Bessie Award for her dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop. Tanowitz has been invited to create new work for The Vail International Dance Festival and City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival; has set work on The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, New York Theater Ballet, and Saint Louis Ballet; and has been a guest choreographer in the dance departments at Barnard College, Princeton University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Purchase College. Additional awards include three Joyce Theater Residency Grants and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She holds dance degrees from the Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College.
New works for Pam Tanowitz Dance
At the Center, Tanowitz worked on various projects including a new evening length work commissioned by the Joyce Theater and a commission from Works & Process for her company and New York City Ballet dancers Gretchen Smith and Adrian Danchig-Waring.