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Additional title: Frail demons (Choreographic work : Louis)
Additional title: Four Brubeck pieces (Choreographic work : Louis)
Additional title: Disenchantment of Pierrot (Choreographic work : Louis)
Additional title: Contact (Choreographic work : Nikolais)
Additional title: Station (Choreographic work : Louis)
Additional title: Schubert (Choreographic work : Louis)
Louis, Murray (Choreographer)
Nikolais, Alwin (Composer)
Nikolais, Alwin (Speaker)
Nikolais, Alwin (Choreographer)
Brubeck, Dave (Composer)
Blackwood, Christian (Cinematographer)
Blackwood, Christian (Director)
Blackwood, Christian (Producer)
Garcia, Frank (Costume designer)
Nikolais Dance Theatre (Performer)
Murray Louis and Company (Performer)
Louis, Murray (Speaker)

Claudia Gitelman Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1986
Table of Contents
Documentary on Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, who discuss various aspects of their own and each other's choreography and their working relationship. A brief historical survey includes footage of Nikolais' Kaleidoscope, Tensile involvement, Sanctum, and Fusion, and Louis dancing in Sanctum, Harmonica suite, and Chimera. Nikolais and his company are seen on tour in Tokyo and Aix; Louis and his company perform in Paris, Aix, and New York. Dance excerpts include: Illusive visions (choreography/music: Nikolais), Schubert (choreography: Louis; music: Franz Schubert [Trout quintet]), Frail demons (choreography: Louis; music: Nikolais), Four Brubeck pieces (choreography: Louis; music: Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond), The disenchantment of Pierrot (choreography: Louis; music: Nikolais), Contact (choreography/music: Nikolais), and The Station (choreography: Louis; music: David Gregory; songs: Stan Free, sung by Paulette Attie; lyrics: Louis). Costumes for all of the above by Frank Garcia.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2504
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-1711 (former)
Nikolais, Alwin
Louis, Murray
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Motion pictures
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Motion picture produced, directed and photographed by Christian Blackwood. Original music: Alwin Nikolais.
Performers: Performed by the Nikolais Dance Theatre (Susie Goldman, Susan Kline, Christine Lamb, Lynn Lesniak, Timothy Harling, Joy Hintz, James Murphy, Alberto Del Saz, and Raul Trujillo) and by Murray Louis and Company (Betsy Fisher, Rob McWilliams, Margaret Morris, Edward Akio Taketa, Cynthia Marie Sigler, Christopher Strauss, Marcia Menefee, and Jim Tryforos), with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videodisc (DVD) (53 min.) : sound, color, with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12167909
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f87f2da0-9e88-0132-dd7d-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

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  • 1986: Created
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nik and Murray" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nik and Murray" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 12, 2021.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1986). Nik and Murray Retrieved from

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Nik and Murray