2017 Ruth Page Award




    The Award to be Presented Friday, Jan. 27 
    at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance After Batsheva Performance

    Venetia Stifler, executive and artistic director of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and The 2017 Ruth Page Award Committee are pleased to announce their selection for this year’s Ruth Page Award – Batsheva Dance Company and Chicago Film Archives. The Awards will be presented following the performance of Batsheva Dance Company at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 2017 Ruth Page Awards are $60 and include a private reception at 6 p.m. and the performance of the Batsheva Dance Company’s Last Work presented by the Harris Theater in partnership with the Ravinia Festival, at 7:30 p.m.  This performance is part of Ravinia’s annual Ruth Page Festival of Dance.  Following the performance and the presentation of The Ruth Page Awards there will be a question and answer session with Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin and moderated by the Chicago Reader’s Matt de la Pena.

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.  For questions or additional information, contact Silvino da Silva, Director of Marketing & Communications at 312-337-6543. 


    "We are honored to present both Ohad Naharin of Batsheva Dance Company and Nancy Watrous of the Chicago Film Archives with a 2017 Ruth Page Award.  Both organizations have inspired us in many ways.  Batsheva with their innovation and dedication to their craft and Chicago Film Archives with their dedication to preserving the legacy of Ruth Page.  I have been in awe of Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin on more than one occasion and have seen parallels between his process and Ruth’s.  Truly inspiring,” said Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts Artistic and Executive Director Venetia Stifler.  “Chicago Film Archives has brought their boundless passion of preservation to us. They have ensured that her legacy be available to all by creating digital copies of performances and Ruth Page’s history. We look forward to publicly acknowledging these two organizations in a way that is so dear to our hearts,” continued Stifler.

    The Ruth Page Award has been given by the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on behalf of the Ruth Page Foundation and the Chicago dance community since 1986. This award, in honor of dance icon, Ruth Page (1899-1991), is a unique opportunity for the Ruth Page Center to acknowledge or help further an individual's or organization's artistic momentum. The award also continues the tradition of honoring those whose contributions to dance share Page's passion, artistry and vision.

    Established in Chicago by Ruth Page in 1970, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the education, promotion and presentation of dance in Chicago. The Center carries forward the mission and vision of its founder, Ruth Page, to be a platform for developing great artists and connecting them with audiences and community. With a focus on dance as a critical art form, its programming ensures that children and dance artists have a place to train, work and perform at the highest level of excellence. The Center also promotes Page's vision of dance as an innovative and accessible art form that fosters artistic excellence and creates a dance destination in Illinois. “Ruth was known for her passionate love of dance,” notes Stifler.  “In addition to being a dancer and choreographer, she was also a producer, an educator and funder of dance. Through her life example, she blazed the trail of possibilities that lay ahead for American dance.”

    The Ruth Page Award honoree is selected through the Ruth Page Award Selection Committee, composed of members from the Chicago dance community, former Ruth Page Award winners, and Ruth Page Foundation staff.

    Recent Ruth Page Award-Winners:

    2014   Diane Rawlinson

    2012 - Sid Smith
    2011 - Patti Eylar
    2010 - Chicago Dancing Festival and its founders: Lar Lubovitch, Jay Franke

                and David Hero

    2009 - Pamela Crutchfield, Bill T. Jones
    2008 - Peggy Sutton and The Mayfair Academy
    2007 - Gail Kalver, Harriet Ross, Salme H. Steinberg
    2006 - Billy Siegenfeld
    2005 - Margaret Nelson, Scott Silberstein
    2004 - Keith Elliott and Dance For Life
    2003 - Dame Libby Komaiko.