Kenneth King, as always, was full of surprises. Honored (at last!) for "four decades of passionate exploration at the edges of dance and performance," he chose to speak in part through his kiting, wheeling footsteps and the voices of some of his many personae including Tallulah Bankhead. Perhaps he spoke for all of them when he declined the award and the $1,000 check (like all the Performer and Choreographer awards, courtesy of Time Out New York). Instead, he asked that the money be handed over to God's Love We Deliver. It was a gesture faithful to the spirit of the '60s counterculture, and made to protest a catastrophic and destabilizing war.

And then everyone went to Crobar and—what else?—danced.

Choreographer/Creator Awards Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for Both Sitting Duet at the Kitchen; Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman for their lounge acts as Kiki and Herb; William Forsythe for sustained achievement in his choreography for Ballett Frankfurt; Deborah Hay for The Match at Danspace Project; Koosil-Ja Hwang for a body of dance and mixed-media work culminating at the Nest in DUMBO; Kenneth King for sustained achievement in choreography and writing; Ohad Naharin for Anaphasa at the 2003 Lincoln Center Festival; and Sasha Pepelyaev and Peeter Jalakas for The Swan Lake at Dance Theater Workshop

Performance Installation and New Media Award Deborah Warner for The Angel Project at the 2003 Lincoln Center Festival

Performer Awards Arcell Cabuag in Ronald K. Brown/Evidence's concert at the Joyce; Megumi Eda in Karole Armitage's Time is the Echo of an Axe Within a Wood at the Joyce; Holley Farmer for sustained achievement in the work of Merce Cunningham; Christine McMillan for her work in dances by Ben Munisteri and others; Scott Shepherd for his performing in the Wooster Group's Poor Theater; Lisa Viola for sustained achievement in the work of Paul Taylor

Composer Award Philip Hamilton for his body of work for choreographers

Visual Design Awards Christophe Draeger for Miguel Gutierrez's damnation road; Kathy Kaufmann for her lighting for events in the 2003–2004 season; Brenda Gray for her lighting for Ronald K. Brown's Joyce concert; Douglas Stein for his lighting for Susan Marshall, culminating in her Sleeping Beauty at BAM

Special Citations Mary Anthony, "dedicated teacher and mentor"; Liz Berger, for "advocacy for the arts"; Mark Russell, for "artistic vision"

Time Out New York Dance Audience Award Saba Dance Theater for The Four Seasons

Susan E. Kennedy Award Kathleen Hughes; assistant commissioner of cultural affairs for the City of New York

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