Abby Z & the New Utility dance at Bard

(Photo by Effry Flack)

This weekend, Live Arts Bard will present a new work of dance by Abby Z and the New Utility, abandoned playground. A hyperkinetic contest of physical daring and virtuosity, abandoned playground is the latest exhilarating performance by Abby Zbikowski, winner of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award and a major new force in contemporary dance. Her high-adrenaline choreography combines elements of hip-hop, punk, West African and street dance, praised by The New York Times as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Performed and created in collaboration with Alexa Bender, Shaela Davis, Justin Faircloth, Ali Herring, Jen Lu, Fiona Lundie, Jennifer Meckley, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez and Jessie Young, the piece features choreography by Abby Zbikowski, original music by Raphael Xavier, lighting design by Jon Harper and costume design by Abby Zbikowski and Karen Zbikowski.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts’ LUMA Theater. Tickets cost $25 and are available, along with additional information, at or by calling the box office at (845) 758-7900.