Murray Louis, Choreographer With a Comic Flair, Dies at 89



“A true dance luminary, a choreographer, designer, composer of electronic music and a pioneer of multi-media dance”.

The New York Times.

Under the artistic direction of Murray Louis and Alberto del Saz,

the work of Alwin Nikolais comes back to The Joyce for the first time since the 2010 worldwide centennial celebration of this master choreographer.

Nikolais will be honored with a program

performed by

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

that will include

Tensile Involvement (1955)

Gallery (1978)

Mechanical Organ III (1983)

Crucible (1985)

some of the most renowned works that

he created during his long and successful career.

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Murray Louis, center, with Kay Andersen, Peter Kyle, Clarence Brooks and Alberto del Saz members of his company during rehearsal for a season opening at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Credit Jack Manning/The New York Times

Murray Louis, the son of a Brooklyn baker who won acclaim as a brilliantly nimble dancer and a quirky and often surprising choreographer, died on Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

His death was announced by the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, which did not specify the cause. Mr. Louis and the choreographer Alwin Nikolais had been artistic collaborators and companions for more than 40 years.

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This Engagement is dedicated to the memory of

Murray Louis

November 4, 1926 - February 1, 2016