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Lineup for Isadora Duncan awards testifies to Bay Area’s dance diversity

Dance in the Bay Area reflects and amplifies the diversity of our community and our world, and the nominations for the 2017-2018 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards honor an inclusive array of genres, genders, cultures and points of view. The awards will be given out at a free public event (and one of the season’s best parties) in spring 2019, with a date to be announced.

The Izzies, as they’re affectionately called, recognize the September-through-August performance season, so an award might go to a performance that took place 18 months prior to the ceremony. Looking over this year’s list, it’s unlikely that the memory of any of these compelling artists and works has faded in the meantime.

In the full-company category, the Ballet’s entire roster of dancers got a shout-out for back-to-back-to-back outstanding performances. Sean Dorsey Dance and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company also garnered nominations, alongside OngDance Company for the glorious “Salt Doll” in the S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival and Alleluia Panis’ Diasporic Futurism Dance-Media Project for “Incarcerated 6×9,” an immersive referendum on life behind bars that was also recognized for visual design.

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SF ChroniclePaul Barrera2018