Alberto del Saz Co-Artistic Director of the Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company as well as the Director of The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance and Assistant to Mr. Louis. Mr. Del Saz is a vital and important link in keeping the Nikolais/Louis repertory active.
Mr. Del Saz was born in Bilbao, Spain. At an early age he studied ice-skating, which later led to his first performing career. In 1980 Mr. del Saz became the Spanish National Champion in figure skating and soon made his debut with Holiday on Ice-International. His early dance training was received at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab from the great teachers of the technique: Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Claudia Gitelman, Tandy Beal, Beverly Blossom and others.
In 1985 Mr. Del Saz made his debut as a lead soloist with the Nikolais Dance Theater, later renamed the Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company. As a member of this internationally acclaimed company he has toured to virtually every continent on the globe.
Mr. Del Saz has appeared for President Reagan at the Kennedy Center Honors in a CBS telecast featuring the Nikolais Dance Theater as well as on PBS American Masters series in “Nik and Murray”, an award winning documentary film by Christian Blackwood. He has also represented the United States State Department on a tour of India, appeared at the Paris Opera Garnier in a Homage to Alwin Nikolais and at the Next Wave Festival with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company. In 1990 he went to Japan where he appeared as a guest artist in “V”, a project by Mr. Ushio Amagatsu, Artistic Director of Sankai Juku. He has also performed at “Men Brazil”. Mr. Del Saz has appeared as a guest solo artist in works by Hanya Holm, Claudia Gitelman, Maureen Fleming, Sara Pearson, Cleo Parker Robinson and others.
Mr. Del Saz is the Reconstruction Director of the Nikolais/Louis repertory and has staged the Nikolais/Louis repertory on university and professional dance companies around the world. Among others:
(North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, Conservatoire de la Danse de Paris, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co., The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Met, University of Washington, University of Illinois, Rutgers State University, Bringham Young University, Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, Southern Utah University, George Mason University, Boston Conservatory, University of Utah, Georgia Tech, Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, Montclair State University).
In 1997 he danced Rudolph Nureyev’s role in “Moments” a work created by Mr.
Mr. Del Saz work has been funded by NYSCA in collaboration with Ice Theater of New York. He is currently choreographing for bronze medallist figure skater Nicole Bobek and Olympic bronze medallist and World Professional Champion Phillipe Candeloro. His Skating work has appeared on Ice-Wars, Grand Slam and the Professional World Championships televised on CBS, FOX and ABC networks as well as the official opening of the Rockeffeller Center sponsored by Champions on Ice.
Mr. Del Saz has been with the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for 30 years, at the moment his focus is in preserving the Nikolais/Louis technique, repertory and legacy throw his teaching and directing.
“In Alberto del Saz Mr. Louis has found someone who can convey his particular quicksilver qualities of movement that were once unique to Mr. Louis. It is encouraging to see how the tradition is being carried on.”
“…The most compelling performer in the company is Alberto del Saz, a cross between the quicksilver, whimsical Louis of old and the legendary, magisterial Jose Limon.”
Tobi Tobias, THE NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“…Veteran master of the company the commanding Alberto del Saz, exact but never careful, generous but never sloppy, energized but never emotive.
Tobi Tobias, DANCE MAGAZINE
“…Mr. Del Saz a master of the style, exuberant, demonstrating what is important in Mr. Louis choreography, the quality of movement and how it is phrased.”
Anna Kisselgoff, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“… A quietly stunning solo for Mr. Del Saz epitomizes the fluid yet crisply articulated motion that in part identifies a Louis or Nikolais Dancer. Mr Del Saz himself typifies the strong presence of the company’s dancer, from early performers, like Beverly Blossom and Phyllis Lamhut.”
Jennifer Dunning, THE NEW YORK TIMES
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