On Friday evening, September 17, 2004, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and The Joyce Theater with the 2004 Bessies Committee, presented the Twentieth Annual New York Dance and Performance Awards (a.k.a. The Bessies) for exceptional achievements of the 2003-2004 season.

This year, the celebration and performance took place at The Joyce Theater. More than 400 artists, producers, and press joined in the activities to honor the diversity of ideas that makes New York's contemporary performing arts community thrive.

Visual Design Awards went to:

  • Brenda Gray for lighting design of Ronald K. Brown's Joyce concert;

  • Christophe Draeger for set design of Miguel Gutierrez's Damnation Road;

  • Kathy Kaufmann for her work in lighting design for the 2003-04 season; and

  • set designer Douglas Stein for his body of work with Susan Marshall.