Dance Magazine: NYCB’s Choreographic Institute Rejected Pam Tanowitz Five Times. Now She’s Readying Her Second Commission for the Company.
By Siobhan Burke
3 August 2019
In the annals of dance history, 2019 may go down as the year Pam Tanowitz got the attention she deserved. In the past six months the New YorkCity–based artist, 49, has brought her imaginative formalism to the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America festival. The recent recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, Tanowitz is not slowing down, with new works on deck for Vail Dance Festival this month and The Royal Ballet’s Merce Cunningham celebration in October.
A couple of years ago we were talking about New York City Ballet, and you said something like “I’ve realized that’s just not my world.” Having come to that conclusion, how did you feel when they contacted you?
I was shocked. I think it just speaks to their new leadership. Throughout my career I applied to their choreographic institute about five times and got rejected.
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