ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY: ABANDONED PLAYGROUND (WORLD PREMIERE)
April 13 - April 15, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
The Playhouse | 7:30 PM | $20
Citing the embodied practice of Afro-Diasporic dance forms, as well as punk as influential on her sensibilities, Abby Zbikowsk creates works that pay homage to the effort of living, tactics of survival, and the aesthetics produced as the result. Her newest work abandoned playground continuously and relentlessly asks: what is the necessity of rigor in the body and what lies beyond the masochistic urges that propel us inside of physically demanding dance? In this evening length event performers willfully engage in the brutal action of hyper-physicality as they deal with the unavoidable and high stakes tasks of the present.
Choreographer Abby Zbikowski created Abby Z and the New Utility with collaborator/performers Fiona Lundie and Jennifer Meckley in 2012 and since have been presented by the Gibney Dance, Movement Research at Danspace, Bates Dance Festival, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and have been in residence at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Abby is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, on faculty at the American Dance Festival and has guest taught at the Ohio State University, University of Texas Austin, and abroad at the Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia. She has studied intensively at Germaine Acogny’s L’École de Sables in Senegal, performed with choreographers Charles O. Anderson/dtx and Vincent Mantsoe, and holds an MFA in dance from Ohio State University, where she worked closely with mentor Bebe Miller.
“Every now and then, I see a performance that would make an ideal bridge from the often insular world of contemporary dance to the rest of the universe, and this is one” –Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody Blog
To explore Abby Z and the New Utility's work, view this Vimeo link:
60 minutes / Contains sudden loud noises / Suitable for all ages