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Alwin Nikolais (1910–1993)

Alwin Nikolais was born on November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on Zelt (1969), The Company (2003) and Totem (1963). He died on May 8, 1993 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Zelt Composer
The Company Soundtrack
Totem Composer
Motel Composer


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 1989 Motel (Documentary)
 1969 Zelt (TV Short)
 1963 Totem (Short)
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 1973 Chrysalis (Short) (choreographer)
 1969 Zelt (TV Short) (choreography)
 1963 Totem (Short) (choreographer)
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 1969 Zelt (TV Short) (stage director)
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 1969 Zelt (TV Short) (creator)
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 2003 The Company (music: "Tensile Involvement")
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 1988 Hanya: Portrait of a Pioneer (Documentary)
 1987 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special documentary)
Himself - Honoree
 1986 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- Nik and Murray (1986) ... Himself
 1971-1972 Music on 2 (TV Series)
- The Relay/A Nikolais Original (1972) ... Himself
- Nikolais Original (1971) ... Himself

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He was the choreographer, Costume person, sound score, and lighting director for the ballet, "Divertissement," "Tent," and "Tower," in a Dance Theatre of Alwin Nikolais production at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, England with Murray Louis, Phyllis Lamhut, and Carolyn Carlson in the cast.

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He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1987 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. See more »



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