Alwin Nikolais – Centennial

Alwin Nikolais, magical and inspiring not only with dance but with lighting, props, special effects, and masks… An innovative American choreographer, Nikolais nurtured the imagination and brought excitement and creativity in his approach to modern dance and onto the stage.

Here in Nikolais’ Centennial you see a technique very different from classical. The shapes, shadows, interactions and entanglements of the dancers’ bodies give an almost gymnastic effect at times. And toward the end? A kind of kaleidoscopic abstraction…

Could you say that Nikolais’ choreography was a forerunner to Pilobolus and Momix?

I hope you enjoyed watching Nikolais’ almost incomprehensible imagination at work and that you’ll share with others!


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