Through the generosity of Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, The Winchester Prize is presented for choreographic distinction and perceived potential for creative development.  The prize winner will receive a cash award of $500, support to further develop their work with the guidance of a mentor, as well as the development of their work at the SummerWorks Performance Festival.

The School is delighted to announce that Tanveer Alam and Kari Labrentz have been chosen as this year’s winners of the Winchester Prize.

Comments from the panel about Tanveer’s work and his application included the following:

Tanveer has a strong and original voice.  His piece in the Choreographic Workshop was very evocative with an amazing narrative.  It had a strong concept with a beginning, middle, and end and was well rehearsed, polished, and very well performed. In his application, Tanveer wrote, “….This work will remind people that dance is to be felt, and that it can be joyful. In a world that is often so lacking in happiness and beauty, I want to be able to create that experience for whoever comes to watch this work.”  Tanveer has as extraordinary choreographic potential.

Comments from the panel about Kari’s work included the following:

Kari is an artist with a curious mind. Her piece in the Choreographic Workshop was very strong and mature and was well rehearsed and directed. The work was minimal, austere, androgynous, architectural, sculptural, subtle, and beautiful.  It had an unusual and original feel to it, with a constrained energy as though it might burst at any time, like gunpowder ready to explode. Despite its minimalism, the work had a strong emotional resonance.  Kari has enormous choreographic potential.

Congratulations to Kari and Tanveer from all of us at the School.