Abby Z And The New Utility: abandoned playground (World Premiere)

60 minutes / Contains sudden loud noises / Suitable for all ages 

Citing her embodied practice of Afro-Diasporic dance forms, as well as punk as pivotal forces on her sensibilities, Abby Zbikowski 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 foregrounds the necessity of rigor in the body and mind in times of futility.  In this evening length event performers unabashedly engage in the oftentimes brutal action of hyper-physical dance as they deal with the unavoidable and high stakes tasks of the present.

Choreographer Abby Zbikowski created Abby Z and the New Utility with in 2012 with founding members Fiona Lundie and Jennifer Meckley. Since then, her work has been presented by the Gibney Dance Center, 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


Photo by Ian Douglas