The Della Davidson Prize honors the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson, by supporting innovative dance and dance/theater artists. An annual prize of $1,220 (in honor of Della’s birthday 12/20) will be awarded to a choreographer/dance-maker producing work in the spirit of Della Davidson. The prize is by selection only; applications or nominations are not accepted.
2016 Awardee: Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart is the artistic director of EmSpace Dance, the dance theater company she founded in 2000. She is a choreographer, director, dancer, actor, and erstwhile violist who has been performing and making work in the Bay Area since the mid-nineties. Erin has had the pleasure of working with many fine artists and companies over the years, including Mugwumpin, Flyaway Productions, detour dance, Thirteenth Floor Dance Theater, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Christy Funsch, Erika Chong Shuch, Lisa Townsend Company, Shotgun Players, Chris Black, Lizz Roman & Dancers, David Szlaza, and many others. In 2008, The SF Bay Guardian awarded Erin a GOLDIE (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) for dance. Erin also makes dance films which have screened at American Dance Festival, The San Diego/Tijuana DANCEonFILM festival, and other local and national festivals. She is honored and delighted to receive the Della Davidson Prize this year.
Join us in celebrating Erin at the Kick-Off event on Friday, April 22 at 12 noon
Della Davidson (1951-2012) was a dance theater artist who created interdisciplinary works exploring the presence of women and the lyrical power of dance, image and storytelling. Over the course of her career, she created over 40 works and made her mark as a “central figure in West Coast dance.” She was a professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Davis and Artistic Director of Della Davidson Dance Theater and Sideshow Physical Theater.
Della’s innovative work on women’s desire, death, disease, and the fragility of existence was lyrical, collaborative, and multidisciplinary, using dance, theater and film. One of her greatest gifts was to recognize potential in others and bring out their strengths, whether they were her students, her dancers, her collaborators, her colleagues or her friends. Della’s sense of delight and play, along with a profound connection to the elemental forces of life and death, shaped her art and her life.
-San Francisco Chronicle
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