The Vilcek Foundation awards $ 250,000 in prizes to immigrant dancers and choreographers
Soledad Barrio, Tatiana Desardouin, Tamisha Guy and Leonardo Sandoval receive the 2022 Vilcek Foundation Awards in dance.
NEW YORK, September 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Vilcek Foundation announces the recipients of the 2022 Vilcek Foundation Awards in Arts and Humanities, which are part of the Vilcek Foundation Awards Program. In 2022, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Arts and Humanities are awarded in dance.
The Vilcek Foundation rewards $ 250,000 in prize for immigrant dancers and choreographers in 2022.
In 2022, the Vilcek Foundation awards four prizes in dance. The main prize, the Vilcek Dance Prize, includes a cash prize of $ 100,000. Three smaller prizes, the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Dance, each include a cash award of $ 50,000. The awards are part of the foundation’s work to recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to intellectual and cultural life in United States.
The Vilcek Dance Prize
The 2022 Vilcek Dance Prize is awarded to Soledad Barrio. Barrio receives the award for her commitment to the growth and evolution of the flamenco genre through her artistic leadership and her teaching with Noche Flamenca, and for the creative vision and technical mastery she brings to her performances. Born in Spain, Barrio has toured extensively, performing throughout Europe and the Americas. Her work has received support and praise from leading institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project, and the Lucille Lortel Awards.
“Soledad Barrio is a virtuoso – her commitment to her art is second to none, ”said the co-founder, vice-president and secretary of the Vilcek Foundation Marica Vilcek. “As Barychnikov done with ballet, Barrio transformed the genre of flamenco with new life and energy, attracting new audiences and inspiring dancers and choreographers from all over the world. “
President of the Vilcek Foundation Rick kinsel noted, “Soledad Barrio is an artist to know. She has constantly pushed the boundaries of how people perceive the art of flamenco for over 20 years. Barrio leaves everything on stage: she renders every performance with unmatched emotional force and physical precision. “
The Vilcek Awards for Creative Promise in Dance
The Vilcek Awards for Creative Promise in Dance are awarded to young foreign-born dance and movement artists living and working in United States. The winners are selected for the professional and creative quality of their work: dance and choreography which represent an important contribution to their genre, and inspire both performers and the public. The Vilcek Awards for Creative Promise also provide unrestricted financial support to young artists at a critical time in their careers.
Tatiana Desardouin receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance for its presentation of hip-hop and house dance which brings the vernacular tradition of these genres in the black diaspora to its performances, choreography and artistic direction. Of Haitian origin, born and raised in Switzerland, Desardouin is the founder and artistic director of Passion Fruit Dance Company; she has established herself as a leader in urban dance movements in both Europe and the United States.
Tamisha guy is a performer and choreographer of Trinidadian origin based in Brooklyn, New York. Dancer and former coach at AIM by Kyle Abraham and alumnus of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Guy receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance for his work which uses elements of contemporary, modern and narrative dance traditions to inform his performance language which is both intuitive and convincing. Guy obtained his BFA in dance and his BA in arts management at State University of New York upon purchase.
Leonard of Sandoval is an artistic director, choreographer and dancer of Brazilian origin, and the founder of Music From The Sole, a tap and live music company that celebrates the Afro-diasporic roots of tap dancing, including samba, forró, maracatu and the passinho. He receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance for his work which pushes the boundaries of tap dance as a genre.
The Vilcek Foundation
The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of the contributions of immigrants in United States and promotes appreciation of the arts and sciences. The foundation was created in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The foundation’s mission was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical sciences and art history. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $ 6.4 million in prizes to people born abroad and has supported organizations with more than $ 5.5 million in grants.
The Vilcek Foundation is a private operating foundation, a nonprofit organization tax exempt at the federal level under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS.
The Vilcek Foundation
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