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Abby Z and the New Utility present "abandoned playground"

Abby Z and the New Utility present "abandoned playground"

Company:

Abby Z and the New Utility - Harkness Dance Festival

Location:

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, New York 10128

Dates:

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 4:00pm, 8:00pm

Tickets:

https://www.92y.org/event/abandoned-playground

Company:
Abby Z and the New Utility - Harkness Dance Festival

Inside the intimate stadium setup of abandoned playground (2017), nine dancers rip through the space performing complex sequences of hyper-physical dance that push their understandings of their own capabilities and endurance.

Recognized with the 2017 Juried Bessie Award for her “unique and utterly authentic movement vocabulary in complex and demanding structures,” Abby Zbikowski generates her bold, high-intensity, precisely rhythmic choreography from her background of hip-hop, tap, West African and postmodern dance styles, deeply-rooted punk aesthetic, and close collaboration with her dancers who bring their specific bodies, psychologies and training histories to the work.

In this evening-length work Zbikowski highlights each of her dancers' unique strengths and simultaneously forges an intense ensemble connection in that through vocalizations and the channeling of communal energy the dancers invigorate each other to overcome the physical and mental exhaustion of performing such extreme and virtuosic movement at the relentless pace required. Like life, no overstated purpose is given, but as the New York Times dance critic Siobhan Burke surmises "the effort justifies itself."

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