The Joyce Theater "was created by dancers for dance". That's the simple introduction that the Joyce Theater Foundation begins with in the section on the Joyce's history at their site's Mission & History page. The description of what the Joyce Theater Foundation does is especially interesting in light of The A.W.A.R.D. show program that they sponsor now in five cities around the country, including on Wednesday July 28 at 8PM at The Dance Center of Columbia College. Here's what they say: "The mission of The Joyce Theater Foundation is to serve and support the art of dance and choreography [and] promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression ...". Especially interesting to me was to learn that the Joyce Theater itself, which I've often heard about but haven't yet been to, is a 427-seat theater, exactly the right size for the support of small and medium-sized dance companies.
This Wednesday's performance is the first of three nights of finals in Chicago; on Saturday, works selected from the previous three nights will be performed again, and one of the choreographers will be awarded a $10,000 prize. Last year's winner, Jessica Miller Tomlinson made great use of the award; it made possible her co-production with Jacqueline Stewart of the outstanding JMT/JLS concert.
Jacqueline Stewart's work It's Not Enough To Close Your Eyes" will be featured Wednesday, along with works by Alicia Wilson, Mike Gosney, and Kate Corby. For more information, check out the details on all of this year's A.W.A.R.D. show participants at The Dance Center.