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Alwin Nikolais

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With the help of the young dancers and actors he attracted to his classes, Nikolais literally rebuilt and revitalized the storied Playhouse, which provided a secure environment in which he could develop his pedagogy and artistic vision. The 1987 PBS documentary Nik and Murray illustrates how Nikolais used light to play off dancers moving in silver spandex bags, causing them to resemble shape-morphing, white stocking-masked, two-headed creatures like Jean Arp sculptures come to life-or, as a 1966 reviewer wrote, "creatures . . . who squiggle like giant amoebas in heat."

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