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Photo by Eric McNatt

Photo by Eric McNatt

Named in honor of MESTC Executive Director and Prelude founder Dr. Frank Hentschker, the FRANKY Award was created to recognize an artist who has made a long-term, extraordinary impact on contemporary theater and performance in New York City.

THE 2016 FRANKY AWARD is presented to Miguel Gutierrez.

Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances, music and poetry. His most recent work is Age & Beauty, a site of queer pieces about mortality, artmaking and futurity. He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. His work has toured over fifty cities around the world in venues such as Centre National de Danse and Centre Pompidou in Paris, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, and in New York at Live Arts Bard, New York Live Arts, American Realness and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has created music for several of his works, for choreographer Antonio Ramos, and is currently co-creating music with Colin Self for Jen Rosenblit, and Simone Aughterlony’s new work. His book When You Rise Up is available from 53rd State Press. He invented Deep Aerobics, and he is a Feldenkrais Method® practitioner. He is the Program Director of LANDING, a new pedagogical initiative which began this fall at Gibney Dance Center.



Previous FRANKY AWARD recipients:

2015: Jay Wegman of the Abrons Arts Center
2014: Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater
2013: Kate Valk