May 28, 2005 at the Stageworks/Hudson, NY
Matthew Müller accepted the award at an arts celebration, featuring the dance piece “StillMoving: From Concept To Performance, The Art of Making Dances”, by HVS alumna Ashley Hartka (1989). The performance was followed by a brief talk and question and answer period, giving an inside look at the art of making dances. A full house responded enthusiastically.
Ashley received degrees in dance and in women’s studies in 1995 from SUNY Purchase, and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2005. Her career has included performing, teaching, choreography and photography. Her work has been described as energetic and elegant, moving with tender gestures…and athletic abandon. In 2005 she was recognized for best choreographed and performed work at the American College Dance Festival.
1999 winner Gabriel Giles presented the honors, and Matthew accepted with moving remarks and a poem he had written for the occasion. The event concluded with an enjoyable reception in the stageworks Gallery, where beautiful works by area artists were on display.