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Alwin Nikolais

Alwin Nikolais (dancer/choreographer, born November 25, 1910, Southington, Connecticut; died May 8, 1993) It was August 1976 at the Beacon Theater in New York. A white-haired man dressed in white stepped gingerly out of the wings to take a bow. The audience, which filled little more than half the vast orchestra section, rose in tribute to Alwin Nikolais, whose Dance Theatre's 25th anniversary season had just completed its final performance and who has been called "perhaps America's least appreciated genius." The modern choreographer, composer, and designer was also called a "magician," a "wizard," "the P.T.