Abby Z and the New Utility

ADF Commission


von der Heyden Studio Theater

June 24, 7:30pm
June 25, 7:30pm
June 26, 7:30pm
June 27, 7:30pm


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“…an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions…”—The New York Times

“Bessie” award-winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski and her company Abby Z and the New Utility present the ADF-commissioned Radioactive Practice, a mosaic group of movers versed in forms including hip-hop, modern dance, postmodern dance, West African, tap, synchronized swimming, and ice skating to cut through assumptions that surround these traditions while testing their own physical and mental limits. Working with Senegalese dance artist Momar Ndiaye as dramaturge, Zbikowski and crew have created a genre-bending performance that asks audiences to consider their relationships to traditions surrounding moving bodies differently.

“Zbikowski has a singular voice that culls from dance and physical forms.”—The Dance Enthusiast

Pre-show music may contain adult language.

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“Radioactive Practice” by Abby Z and the New Utility is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works. “Radioactive Practice” is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Radioactive Practice” is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by New York Live Arts in partnership with Dance Place, American Dance Festival, Wexner Center for the Performing Arts, and NPN/VAN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: