(New York, NY—June 12, 2015) High Tech High School’s Dance instructor Trista Redavid DeFilippis, a former Nikolais Dance Theatre company member, recently danced in Nik: A Tribute to the Legacy of Alwin Nikolais at the Abrons Arts Center, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Director of High Tech High School.
The Abrons Art Center joined with the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance to celebrate the legacy of Alwin Nikolais (1910-1993), the Artistic Director of the Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement Playhouse from 1948-1969. Featuring Nikolais Dance Theatre members from several generations—Kay Andersen Alberto del Saz,Timothy Harling, Elizabeth Higgins, Peter Kyle, Lynn Lesniak Needle, Pamela Levy, James Murphy, and Donna Scro—works included the classics Noumenon(1953) and Tensile Involvement (1955).
“Trista gets our kids so many wonderful experiences, from scholarships to classes to admission into very prestigious dance schools,” says Allyson Krone, Assistant Principal of High Tech High School.
Famed for pushing beyond the boundaries of modern dance, Nikolais’ prolific imagination boldly shaped 20th century performance and continues to inspire contemporary movement, lighting, sound, setting, and costume design.