Nikolais Dance Theatre
performed by
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Artistic-Executive Director: Alberto del Saz
Dancers: 10
Total Touring Personnel: 14-15

Residency and Outreach Activities Available

2020/2021 Repertory:
Mechanical Organ
Tensile Involvement
Graph (To be restaged for the first time in 25 years)


Kennedy Center Award Honoree and five-time honorary doctorate recipient, Alwin Nikolais, choreographed and created the sound scores and scenic designs for over 100 magical productions. His long-time partner and colleague, Murray Louis is noted by Time Magazine as one of the greatest male dancers of our time and his choreographic masterworks were distinguished by a lexicon of fluid elegance and insightful wit. Together, Nik and Murray conquered the world with their unique multi-media productions that inspired generations of future artists.

The Nilokais/Louis tradition represents a seminal force in American modern dance. For more than seventy years, it has set an example of the highest pedogeological integrity and has influenced innumerable artists of various disciplines. More than twenty-five years after the death of Alwin Nikolais, his works continue to represent the art of modern dance in its most contemporary style.

Today, the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance under the artistic and executive direction of Alberto del Saz continues the legacy of Nik and Murray by performing, educating, and outreaching the ideas of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis nationally and internationally.


Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is in constant motion, known both nationally and internationally for commissioning and presenting works by exceptional choreographers as well as its Artistic Director, Daniel Charon.


The performers, generous and game, bring the dances into the present. ... It’s a trip, and no drugs are necessary."
Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

Review: A Cabinet of Curiosities at the Joyce (2016)
Before Pilobolus, before Momix, before Mum- menchantz, there was Alwin Nikoalis, the great magician of 20th-century dance.
-Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company serves as the only company to perform full-evening performances of Alwin Nikolias’ work*
Dance Preview: Alwin Nikolais’s Influence on Dance is Resurrected (2016)



Photos: Stuart Ruckman

Crucible (Excerpts)
Mechanical Organ (Excerpts)
Tensile Involvement (Excerpts)