In Memoriam: Beverly Schmidt Blossom
August 28, 1926November 1, 2014
We were saddened to learn of the death of Beverly Blossom on Saturday, November 1, from cancer. A funeral service was held on Friday, November 7, at the Michalik Funeral Home in Chicago.
On the anniversary of her passing, a Memorial Gala, with guest artists from around the country, was held on November 1, 2015, at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York.
The Beverly Blossom Foundation has been established by Beverlys son, Michael Blossom, to sustain, enhance and promote the legacy of Beverly Blossom in ways that are of educational and artistic benefit to dancers, choreographers, scholars and the public.
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Upon retiring she renewed her career as a performer, presenting her solo works in such venues as Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts and the Joyce Theater in New York. In 1993, Beverly was awarded a New York Dance and Performance Award (a Bessie) for sustained achievement, and she is the recipient of the 2009 Martha Hill Award for lifetime achievement in dance. Beverly continued performing, teaching, and choreographing for her own company, Blossom & Co., Inc. In October 2003 she participated in the Alwin Nikolais Legacy Forum at Hunter College in New York City. In December 2010, she performed in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Alumni Concerts at Hunter College.
Beverly Blossom performs Dad's Ties at the Miller Theater in New York in 1993.
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Photos of Beverly in Performance
The last work of Beverlys I saw was Brides, a slow, slow procession of twelve gorgeously attired characters, from a child bride to a six-footer in dragher commentary on matrimony! Each of Beverlys dances seem somehow to tell us something of ourselves because she looked at life and celebrated in dance what she saw, or could not see. What she told us she could not see was the realm beyond. Her words seem to echo... Nik, Nik, Where Are You? (a piece performed at Baruch College in 2005, lamenting the passing of Nikolais), and now they have morphed into Bev, Bev, where are you? Ruth Grauert
My remembrance of Bev is that her choreography always inspired me. She contributed to my enjoyment of choreographing. Her ability to look at or experience something and then translate that into dance/theatre was wonderful. I am so glad I had the experience to dance with her in Niks company. I will miss her, her humor and friendship.
To those of us who danced with Beverly she was a guiding light. She was always in the moment and deserved praise for her intelligence and creativity. We all loved her. I was fortunate to dance in her choreographic interpretation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and will never forget her devotion to the work and interpretation of the music. It was a real tour de force, and it was admired greatly by those watching the performance. I will miss Beverly and the precious moments spent with her. Julie Hamilton Pleus
As a solo artist, Beverly Blossom had no equal. I saw every performance she gave in New York City. While known for her theatrical and witty dances, she also worked brilliantly in pure movement. Her work Nine Points in Time was an amazing exploration of time. Another of my favorites was Dad's Ties. She will remain vividly in my thoughts.
Perhaps the best experience I had in modern dance was working with Beverly. I was her assistant/dance captain at Marymount in 1994, and she went on to choreograph a solo for me, Muse, which I performed at Henning Rübsams 10th anniversary performance of his company, Sensedance. Bev and I became friends, and after she moved from New York, I visited her at her house, which was near the city of Chicago, and we often spoke by phone. She was a wonderful person and a true artist.
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