[Abby Z and The New Utility] Photo by Eric Falck
Photo by Eric Falck

Live Arts Bard Presents

Abby Z and The New Utility

abandoned playground

"When the work débuted, last April, its sweaty intensity caused a stir... This reprise run offers another chance to see what won the young choreographer a Bessie Award." –The New Yorker

A hyper-kinetic contest of physical daring and extreme virtuosity, abandoned playground is the latest exhilarating performance by Abby Zbikowski, winner of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award and a major new force in contemporary dance.  Her high-adrenaline choreography combines elements of hip-hop, punk, West African, and street dance, praised by the New York Times as "an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”  
Choreography by Abby Zbikowski
Original music by Raphael Xavier
Lighting Design by Jon Harper
Costume Design by Abby Zbikowski and Karen Zbikowski

Performed and created in collaboration with; Alexa Bender, Shaela Davis, Justin Faircloth, Ali Herring, Jen Lu, Fiona Lundie, Jennifer Meckley, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, and Jessie Young