American Dance Festival (ADF): Abby Z and the New Utility

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( Thu., Jun. 30, 2022 - Sat., Jul. 2, 2022 )

Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27705


Choreographer Abby Zbikowski and crew have created a genre-bending work that brings together a mosaic group of dancers to redefine purpose for themselves as they labor their way through complex, demanding, and often perplexing physicality as a means to confront expectations and dive into the unknown head on. Utilizing the skills they have honed through their practices in movement traditions including (but not limited to) street dance, post-modern dance, contemporary African forms, tap, synchronized swimming, soccer, and martial arts, the cast draws from an arsenal of physical possibility to shatter assumptions of established forms and test the group’s own physical and mental limits. Working with Senegalese dance artist Momar Ndiaye as dramaturge, this work embodies the amalgam of contemporary living, chock full of cultural collisions, unlikely relationships, minor to major misunderstandings, and a desire for logic, and being hard-wired to survive.



  • Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 8:30 PM