Collection: Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Papers, Mss 181
Series: 2. Artistic Series
2.1 Alwin Nikolais
2.2 Murray Louis
2.3 Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis
The Artistic series is arranged by artist. The Alwin Nikolais sub series includes: Choroscript, Illustrations, Production Papers and Manuscripts. The Murray Louis sub series includes manuscripts of plays, video performances, magazine article manuscripts, book manuscripts and typescripts of interviews. The Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis sub series contains the manuscripts for The Nikolais/Louis Dance Technique: A philosophy and method of modern dance, including the Unique Gesture. Deposits have been received from 2001-2011.
The Alwin Nikolais sub series consists of Choroscript, Illustrations, Production Papers, and Manuscripts. The Choroscript files include original manuscripts from the text, Choroscript: Movement Analysis Notation, lesson plans, photographs, and articles. The Illustrations files contain drawings of choreographic works, costumes and set designs. The Production Papers include lighting plots, theater designs, cue books, descriptions of costumes, and slide projection negatives. The Manuscripts sub series consists of papers and notes on pedagogy, autobiographical writings, lectures, and notes on touring.
The Murray Louis sub series includes manuscripts for magazine articles and books, scripts from video productions and plays, and transcripts of interviews and speeches. Manuscripts for published books include Inside Dance and Murray Louis on Dance. Manuscripts for a Dance Magazine column titled “On Then and Now” are included. Video scripts are from the series, Dance as an Art Form. Play scripts were created at the Henry Street Playhouse and performed by the Young People’s Theater Workshop in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Transcripts of interviews include a series from the 1980’s with Dance Educators and speeches from numerous academic and award ceremonies.
The Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis sub series includes manuscripts and a copy of The Nikolais/Louis Technique: a philosophy and method of modern dance including the unique gesture, a collaborative project of both artists.