THE ARTISTS FORUM is proud to announce the winners for this year’s CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION, featuring 5 works that best highlight our 2023 Competition Theme – THE BODY POLITICAL.
These 5 works were created by independent artists originating from 10 countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Scotland, and the United States.
The Finalists are (in no particular order):
“Feel Alive” by Syarvin Sugumar* & Co. (Malaysia*, Scotland, Germany, France, Mexico, India)
“Formula” by & Yue Zhu (China)
“La Solitude” by Jordyn Hubbs (US) & Ben Sellick (Canada)
“She Dreamt Alone” by Nina McNeely (US)
“Untwined” by Bennyroyce Royon (US) & Joshua Kong (US)
See below for winners list.
Congratulations to all our Finalists & Winners!
Thank you to our 2023 Choreography Competition Jury: Todd Ford, Matthew Westerby, and Amos White V.
Winners were announced at our Juried Arts Awards Ceremony on October 15, 2023 at the Dolby Screening Room NYC — 1350 Avenue of the Americas at West 55th Street (Lobby Level) in Mid-town Manhattan.
Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, is rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category are judged against one another and a winner declared.
All selected artists are eligible for a television studio or Zoom interview to be promoted on our online platforms and via THE ARTISTS FORUM TELEVISION – an arts-based cable TV program broadcasted from New York City since 2000.
THE ARTISTS FORUM CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts Festival programming, is open to choreographers seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international dance community.
Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for innovative choreographers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly acknowledge the talents of dance creators.
THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 25th year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists. The organization provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career artists to share their stories with the world’s creative communities.
2023 CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION – FINALISTS, WINNERS, AND JUDGES
2023 CHOREOGRAPHY WINNERS
BEST MODERN DANCE (ENHANCED) PERFORMANCE: She Dreamt Alone (Nina McNeely, US)
BEST MODERN DANCE (ENHANCED) PERFORMANCE – STUDENT: La Solitude (Ben Sellick, Canada & Jordyn Hubbs, US)
BEST INTERPRETIVE DANCE (ENHANCED) PERFORMANCE: Untwined (Bennyroyce Royon & Joshua Kong, US)
INTERPRETIVE DANCE (ENHANCED)
FEEL ALIVE (DANCE VERSION) – 3:30 min (2022)
INTERPRETIVE DANCE (Enhanced)
Choreographers: Syarvin Sugumar (Malaysia), Alexandra Tsiapi (Scotland), Alexandra Karie (Germany), Flavie Mauduit (France), Andrea (Mexico), Darshan Sarolkar (India)
Writer/Director: Syarvin Sugumar (Malaysia)
UNTWINED – 6:06 min (2021)
WINNER: BEST INTERPRETIVE DANCE (Enhanced) – Student
Choreographer: Bennyroyce Royon (US)
Director: Joshua Kong (US)
Camera/DP: Valerie Lo (US)
MODERN DANCE (ENHANCED)
FORMULA – 3:03 min (2022)
MODERN DANCE (Enhanced)
NY State Premiere
Choreographer: Yue Zhu (China)
Director: Yue Zhu (China)
Camera/DP: Yikai Wu (China)
LA SOLITUDE – 4:21 min (2022)
WINNER: BEST MODERN DANCE (Enhanced) Student
Choreographer: Jordyn Hubbs (US)
Director/Composer: Ben Sellick (Canada)
Camera/DP: Joan Dwiartanto (US)
SHE DREAMT ALONE – 5:51 min (2023)
WINNER: BEST MODERN DANCE (Enhanced)
East Coast Premiere
Choreographer: Nina McNeely (US)
Director: Nina McNeely (US)
Camera/DP: Daniel Phakos (US)
Todd Ford is a Berlin-based American artist with a focus on live performance, cultural events, and corporate photography for real estate development
Matthew is the Founder and Artistic Director of the New York City based Matthew Westerby Dance Company. MWDC works extensively in education, providing year-round dance program. Additionally, the company is motivated to create projects that foster community, building works that are accessible to all – participants and audience alike.
Amos White V
Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.