Wally Cardona, Anne Bogart among awardees of first Doris Duke grants

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced today that 21 performing artists will share $5.7 million in grants.

Each recipient gets a multiyear grant of $225,000. They’ll also receive up to $50,000 for retirement savings and audience development.

Among the awardees are dancer-choreographer Wally Cardona, who will be performing Friday and Saturday night at EMPAC at RPI in Troy; theater and opera director Anne Bogart, who founded the SITI Company, which holds its summer residency at Skidmore in Saratoga Springs; and performers who have appeared regularly in the greater Capital Region, such as jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, choreographer-dancers Eiko & Koma and choreographer Reggie Wilson.

The organization says the awards will provide the artists in the fields of jazz, contemporary dance and theater the freedom to take creative risks and explore new ideas.

The awardees represent the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. They come from New York, Washington, Texas, California, Illinois and Ohio. Other awardees are Don Byron, jazz; Rinde Eckert, multidisciplinary performance; Bill Frisell, jazz; Deborah Hay, dance; John Hollenbeck, jazz; Marc Bamuthi Joseph, multidisciplinary performance; Elizabeth LeCompte, theatre; Young Jean Lee, theatre; Ralph Lemon, dance; Richard Maxwell, theatre; Sarah Michelson, dance; Bebe Miller, dance; Nicole Mitchell, jazz; Meredith Monk, multidisciplinary performance; and Basil Twist, theatre.

(The Associated Press contributed to this post.)


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