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Alwin Nikolais: Evolutions of Theory and Practice

Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Alwin Nikolais: Evolutions of Theory and Practice

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October 5-7, 2018

Thomas Hunter Building,

930 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065


 The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance invites participants to a three-day conference to explore the evolution of Nikolais’ fundamental ideas around motion, media and aesthetics; how they reverberate in current practice; how the manifold processes of creativity and invention relate to one another across disciplines, in the arts, sciences and education.


We look forward to seeing you in October

Alberto del Saz and the The Nikolais Legacy Group: Janis Brenner, Kitty Cunningham, Marcia Wardell Kelly, Peter Kyle, Phyllis Lamhut, Trista Redavid, Lynn Levine Rico, Natasha Simon, Robert Small


                                                                     SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE


Friday, October 5

5pm-7pm Check-In


Saturday, October 6

10am–1:30pm Session I

Embodied Curriculum

Bringing theories of motion into practice in academic settings


1:30pm–2:30pm Lunch


2:30pm–5:00pm Session II

Novel Projects-Translation Without Ideology

Unexpected applications of motional theory.


                   Sunday, October 7

10am–1:0pm Session III

Evolutions, Facets and Trajectories

Where are we going with media?


1:30pm–2:30pm Lunch


2:30pm–4:00pm Session IV

and wrap up



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Hunter College
Thomas Hunter Building, Room 601
930 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10065

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance

In 1948 Alwin Nikolais received an appointment to establish a school of dance at the Henry Street Playhouse in New York City. Shortly afterwards Murray joined him, initially performing in Nikolais' newly formed Playhouse Dance Company. He later served as its leading man for 20 years. Nik and Murray remained colleagues and collaborators until Nikolais' death in 1993. The dance program at the Henry Street Playhouse began with classes for adults and shortly enlarged its enrollment with classes for children as well. By the mid-1950s, the school and performances had increased considerably. The adult division now had a notable dance curriculum and active Dance Company that toured and performed in the school.


After 20 years of remarkable creativity and development at the Playhouse, the organization moved to midtown Manhattan and became the Nikolais-Louis Foundation. The Foundation includes the Nikolais Dance Theater, The Murray Louis Dance Company, The School and Chimerafilm (an audio-visual adjunct). With Nikolais' death in 1993, the Foundation combined the dance companies and in 1999, phased them out, in favor of working with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.


The School continues as a series of intensive workshops throughout the U.S. Bringing the school to different areas of the country was more reasonable than bringing regional students to New York.


The Nikolais/Louis tradition represents a seminal force in American modern dance. For more than fifty years it has set an example of the highest pedagogical integrity and has influenced innumerable participants in the profession. It has always represented the art in its most contemporary style and continues to be a leader through its integrity as a creative force in modern dance. It is the mission of the foundation to continue this tradition for the next generation of dance innovators.


Mr. Nikolais, an inimitable visionary, choreographed and created the sound scores and scenic designs for over 100 magical productions. Mr. Louis, one of the great male dancers of our time, choreographs masterworks distinguished by fluid elegance and insightful wit. The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance honors and perpetuates the innovations in theatrical production and dance technique that Nikolais and Louis introduced, many of which are now standards in the field.


Currently, the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, in collaboration with the Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, tours exciting programs, highlighting the mastery of both Murray Louis’ and Alwin Nikolais’ choreography. Their performances have taken them on many tours of Europe as well as performance residencies across the United States. These performances celebrate 70 years of groundbreaking dance theater performances and the ongoing Nikolais/Louis tradition that began at The Henry Street Playhouse.

Alberto del Saz, who worked for many years with both Nikolais and Louis, is Director of the Foundation.


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