Thursday, October 28th
Master Class, 4-5:30 PM
Pem Dance Studio, Bryn Mawr
Film Showing and Discussion of Alwin Nikolais’ work, 6:30PM
Goodhart Music Room
Open to intermediate level dancers and above. Dancers who are not from Bryn Mawr or Haverford should call to reserve a space: 610-526-5208.
This year is the centennial of the birth of modern dance pioneer ALWIN NIKOLAIS who was acclaimed for his early use of multi-media (he was a wizard in lighting, set and costume design, a composer as well as a choreographer) and his interest in pure motion as an expressive tool. To celebrate Nikolais’ work and to physically experience some significant 20th century dance history we have invited New York dancer/choreographer Peter Kyle to do a two-part workshop on Nikolais. Kyle will teach a master class in the Nikolais approach on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 4:00 – 5:30 in the Pem studio (in the place of Modern III), and will follow that with a talk and screening of Nik’s choreography at 6:30 in the Goodhart Music Room. Don’t miss this chance to physically experience, see and hear about this fascinating chapter in 20th century dance.
Drawing on years of experience as a performer with some of the world’s premier modern dance companies including Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Peter Kyle formed his own company in 2006 and has received numerous grants and awards to support his work in both choreography and performance. He is also a highly regarded teacher, both nationally and internationally. Peter will be teaching a class in the style of Alwin Nikolais, an important US choreographer and a pioneer in multi-media dance artistry. Nik developed his technique after studying with Hanya Holm who was, in turn, a student of Mary Wigman, a founder of modern German Expressionist dance. The focus of the technique is on motion–the qualities and shape of motion and motion in and through space. This Fall, we celebrate the centenary of Nik’s birth.