Monday, January 31, 2011

An Evening of Dance Runs February 18-20

This year the Newcomb Dance Company has the rare opportunity to study, learn and perform the choreography of Alwin Nikolais, modern dance pioneer and father of multimedia, as part of the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration. Alberto Del Saz, Artistic Director of the Nikolais Louis Foundation for Dance, staged two works, “Water Studies” from Sanctum (1964) and “Temple” (1974) during his residency activity.

“Water Studies” and “Temple” will be staged on February 18th & 19th at 8 pm, and February 20th at 2 pm, as part of the Newcomb Dance Company’s annual An Evening of Dance performance.

They will present both Nikolais pieces, in addition to new choreography by the Newcomb Dance Program faculty: Michaela Cannon, Jeffrey Gunshol, Diogo De Lima, Beverly Trask, and Artistic Director Alice Pascal Escher.

An Evening of Dance
February 18 & 19 at 8 pm
February 20 at 2 pm

General Admission, $12
Tulane Community, $9
Students & Seniors, $8

Tickets are available at the Lupin Theater Box Office by calling 504-865-5106 or emailing

About the Alwin Nikolais Centennial:
The Newcomb Dance Company will end their yearlong celebration of Alwin Nikolais in April (April 13-16, 2011) with performances of “Temple” as part of Hunter College’s Sharing the Legacy 2011, at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City. Approximately 20 other dance groups from around the United States and Europe will be participating.

In 1949 Alwin Nikolais founded the Playhouse Dance Company at the Henry St. Settlement Playhouse on the lower East side of Manhattan. Nikolais is considered to be the father of multi-media dance theatre, directing what became the Nikolais Dance Theatre until his death in 1993. His artistic brilliance has had influence on countless numbers of professional artists worldwide, including members of the Newcomb Dance Program faculty. “Water Studies” was originally commissioned by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1964 and premiered at the Henry St. Playhouse in New York City and “Temple” was originally commissioned in 1974 by the Rockefeller Foundation and premiered at Teatro Zarzuela in Madrid, Spain.

The Alwin Nikolais Centennial project is in partnership with the Newcomb Dance Program, Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance and the New Orleans Ballet Association. This project has been made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.