Theater director, performer and visual artist dado gyure, MFA’14, is this year’s recipient of the Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, for her multimedia project based on a short story by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Edes Prize provides a one-year, $30,000 award to a recent alum from four universities, including the University of Chicago, and helps provide an emerging artist the means to substantially advance their practice.
Dado’s winning entry is based on a 2014 live sculptural installation she staged at the Gray Center Lab. It was part of her MFA thesis project focused on The Little Match Girl Passion, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition based on the Andersen story by composer David Lang. The original short story, first published in 1845, details a poor young girl selling matches on New Year’s Eve.
“In these wildly politically charged times, I am interested in revising the Match Girl project in order to closely examine the shifting terrain of American empathy,” dado wrote in her project proposal to the jury of the Edes Prize.
The proposal stood out for its ambitious scope and for the “wildness of her imagination,” according to Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, assistant professor in Theater & Performance Studies, who sat on the Edes Prize selection committee.
“We’re excited to see where she takes this project and where this project will take her, particularly in terms of opening up new processes of creating work and new relationships with collaborators, spaces and audiences,” Danzig said.