Abby Z and the New Utility

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Abby Z and the New Utility: 2017 Juried Bessie award winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski created her company Abby Z and the New Utility in 2012 with core members Fiona Lundie and Jennifer Meckley to experiment with the potential and choreographic possibility of the body being pushed beyond its perceived limits, as well as to create a new movement lexicon that works towards triangulating dancing/moving bodies across multiple cultural value systems simultaneously. Abby Z and the New Utility have been presented by the Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at Danspace Project, the Abrons Arts Center, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, and the FuseBox Festival in Austin, Texas, with upcoming shows at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Zbikowski is an Assistant Professor of dance at the University of Illinois and on faculty at the American Dance Festival. She is an inaugural Caroline Hearst Choreographer-In-Residence at the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University(2017-2019) and has been in residence at Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, and S.L.A.M.(Streb Lab for Action Mechanics). Zbikowski has studied intensively at Germaine Acogny’s L’École de Sables in Senegal, and holds a BFA in dance from Temple University and an MFA in dance from Ohio State University, where she worked closely with mentor Bebe Miller. She has taught contemporary technique and composition at the Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia as part of Movement Research’s Global Practice Sharing. As a performer she has worked with with Charles O. Anderson/Dance theater X, Vincent Mantsoe, and the Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project. Her American Dance Festival commissioned work for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company premieres during their 2018 presenting season in Durham, NC.