Nikolaiss students, his company dancers, and his creative colleagues are|
deeply grateful for his generous giving of his vision and his artistry to us
and to the world. We thank Nik for being our teacher, guide, and inspiration.
Ruth E. Grauert
Bearnstow Journal offers articles on the Nikolais esthetic and the arts. Editor Ruth Grauert worked for Alwin Nikolais for forty years. She has created lighting designs for many dancers in that discipline. A published poet and essayist, Ms. Grauert is the executive director of Bearnstow, an arts and nature summer place in Mt. Vernon, Maine.
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Almanac Dance Circus Theatre: Claire Healy, Martita Abril, Nick Gillette, Molly Hess, Adam Kerbel, Evelyn Langley, Alyssa Kennamer, Emmanuel Becerra, and Ben Grinberg (click photo to enlarge)
Bearnstow Salutes its Resident Artists!
Four Bearnstow Resident Artists performed with the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre in Philadelphia on October 23 to present Harvest: New Works from Maine, Mexico, and Beyond. Bearnstows Resident Artists included Adam Kerbel, Evelyn Langley, Emmanuel Becerra, and Ben Grinberg. Bearnstows Day Camp instructor Molly Hess saw the performance and joined the photo.
Bearnstows Young Artist Residency Program is designed to give selected young dancers a summer of total contact with professional dance instruction and to give Bearnstow a cadre of capable assistants who help maintain the operation of the camp. During the course, our young artists have designed programs and promotional material, conducted research, composed sound scores, choreographed their own works, and created dance videos. In every sense of the word this ten-week dance intensive is a graduate-level course in contemporary dance.
News and Announcements
Saturday, November 8, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Tisch School of the Arts/Dance,
Fifth Floor Theater, 111 2nd Avenue, New York City
In celebration of her work as dancer, choreographer, teacher, mentor, and overall force in the dance community, From the Horses Mouth dedicates its next theater/dance event to Phyllis Lamhut in collaboration with Tisch Dance. Proceeds will benefit The Phyllis Lamhut Tisch Dance Scholarship Fund. See more information and ticketing,
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April 10, 1922July 10, 2014
Tom Caravaglia, long-time photographer for the Nikolais Dance Theater and the Murray Louis Dance Companyand a much-revered photographer by the dance community, died on Thursday, July 10, after a long illness. We have lost a great human being and the best photographer we have known. His eye for the time to click the shutter was truly miraculous. Ruth Grauert
See memorial page with a description of Toms funeral Mass and photos of his work. A celebration of Toms life was held on September 14 at the Paul Taylor Studios.
November 11, 1916May 31, 2014
In 1985, Jennifer Dunning called her one of the city's most highly respected modern dance teachers. New York Citys great dance legend, Mary Anthony,
passed away at age 97 on Saturday, May 31.
See memorial and remembrances.
Founding member of the Nikolais Dance Theater, Professor Emerita
at Hunter College, and renowned and cherished member of the dance
community, Dorothy Vislocky, died on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
See tributes and remembrances.
Photo: “Paraphernalia” from Masks, Props and Mobiles II, 1955. Courtesy of the
Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Collection, Mahn Center for Archives and
Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries
Most Recent Reviews
- New Chamber Ballet: 2013 Season Program 2, New York City Center Studio 5, November 22 and 23; review by Laura Rime
- The Bennington School of the Dance, Compiled and edited by Elizabeth McPherson3, 2013; review by Ruth Grauert
- Invisible River An Aerial Dance by Alie Vidich, Strawberry Mansion Bridge, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, June 23, 2013; review by Virginia Dillon
- A Dancers Journey: It All Began with a Lie The Biography of Mary Anthony, by Mary Price Boday; review by Ruth Grauert
Alwin NIkolias and Ruth Grauert in a lighting rehearsal for Vaudeville of the Elements at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 1965
- Essays on the art of Alwin Nikolais, by Ruth E. Grauert, comprise Volume I. Included are Nikolais use of light, sound, properties, and motion; a comparison between Nikolais and the Bauhaus; and a brief historic overview and current thought on stage lighting and dance. Go to the Index of Volume I articles.
- Essays on Mary Wigman: Volume II of Bearnstow Journal includes: Wigmans own article on her early experience with Rudolph von Laban, Susan Buirges interview with Hanya Holm about Hanyas early experiences at the Wigman School, Joan Wooburys and Beverly Blossoms accounts of their school year with Wigman in Berlin, reprints of Joan Woodburys 1956 articles on Wigman from Dance Observer, notes from Peggy Chambers, Julie Hamilton Pleus, and John Wilson, and finally excerpts from Mary Wigmans letters to Joan Woodbury from 1957 to 1970.
- A Dance Course Curriculum by Dale Thompson. Dale Thompson (NDT 19781983) has developed a sixteen-week dance curriculum, which also includes a comprehensive reading list. Click for more information and downloading links.
Read the e-mail discussion forum of former Nikolais/Louis dancers, students, and technical staff members.
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