Abby Z and the New Utility
Abby Zbikowski is a choreographer, an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and on faculty at the American Dance Festival. Her choreographic work with her company, Abby Z and the New Utility, has been presented by the Gibney Dance Center and Movement Research in NYC, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, among other venues. She has been an artist in residence as part of the nEW Festival in Philadelphia and at the Bates Dance Festival in Maine. Abby has studied intensively at Germaine Acogny's L'École de Sables in Senegal, holds a BFA in dance from Temple University and an MFA in dance from Ohio State University, where she worked closely with mentor Bebe Miller. As a performer Abby has worked with Charles O. Anderson/Dance theater X, Vincent Mantsoe, Maree Remalia, and Paige Phillips. She has been on faculty at the Ohio State University and has taught technique and creative process abroad at the Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia.