The Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement is celebrating the centennial of the birth of Alwin Nikolais, a visionary choreographer who has captivated audiences with his use of multimedia technology and mesmerizing use of movement, lighting, and sound.
On April 30th, the Centennial opens with a one-night only performance of From the Horse’s Mouth: Remembering Nik. This celebratory “live dance documentary” will be mounted by over thirty outstanding dancers and choreographers each telling their personal story about this renowned choreographer, and perform movement from his work.
The following two evenings, May 1st and 2nd, are dedicated to Homecoming. The Ririe-Woodbury Company will present the iconic Noumenon (1953), Kaleidoscope (1953), and Imago Suite (1963). Revisiting Nikolais’ legacy as a beloved teacher at the Henry Street Playhouse, students from the Abrons Arts Center Dance Ensemble will perform the audience favorite Tensile Involvement (1955).
The Centennial continues at The Joyce Theater from May 4th through 9th, where the Ririe-Woodbury Company will re-mount Nikolais’ later works in contemporary dance, Liturgies (1983) and Crucible (1985), and “Tower” (1968), the third section from Vaudeville of Elements.
Tickets to performances April 30th through May 2nd at Abrons Arts Center are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and $100 for patron seating. For more information, visit Abrons Arts Center’s website or order tickets by calling 212.352.3101.
Tickets to performances May 4th through 9th at The Joyce Theater start at $10 and can be ordered online or by calling 212.242.0800.