On April 19, 2012, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
announced the names of 21 performing artists who have been selected for the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards
. Eiko & Koma are stunned and deeply grateful that they were among the first round of the performing artists receiving this honor. The award is unprecedented in many ways. Designed to support mid-career and accomplished artists, it is a non-restricted cash award to individual performing artists with no application process. An anonymous peer-review panel looked at eligibility (based on having received at least three prior national grants) within each specific artistic genre.
Eiko & Koma said in their Enews:
The award came at the particularly tender time when our three year Retrospective Project (2009-2012) is about to end and we face nearly a blank canvas of a post-Retrospective chapter. The Retrospective brought us many joys and some pride, but we have been too busy to digest its process. ... We look forward to attending to long-due personal needs and to giving ourselves some reflection while continuing to work on our archival project.
We are in the deepest gratitude to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, its panel, staff, and board members. We thank presenters, curators and our artistic collaborators we have worked closely over the years. We sincerely acknowledge that our Retrospective team and amazing assistants worked tirelessly with us in creating and moving the project.
And all of you, we thank you for your support for many years, your friendship and your watching. We share this amazing news with you with deep bows. THANK YOU.