January 13, 2020 - New York, NY

NYU SKirball Presents APOLLON



A North American Premiere by Florentina Holzinger

Very loosely inspired by Balanchine’s Apollo

Saturday, February 22  & Sunday, February 23


“Pussy Riot meets the Power Rangers…A wild clash between ballet and feminism.” – de Morgen


NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of Florentina Holzinger’s outrageous and raucous feminist dance, Apollon, on Saturday, February 22  & Sunday, February 23 at 7:30 pm at NYU Skirball. Apollon, very loosely inspired by Balanchine’s Apollo, is presented in collaboration with Belgium’s CAMPO Arts Center.


Choreographer Florentina Holzinger combines fin de siècle freak shows with 1960s live art, offering a new perspective on the rupture between high art and entertainment culture. Through this humorous and furious destruction of a classical narrative, Holzinger addresses the myth of the supposedly perfect woman, the artist herself. Five women tackle the neoliberalist cult of the body, jumping between the aesthetics of an occult fitness-studio, and a cyborg-bullfight, with a hint of Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet quartet Apollo.


Florentina Holzinger resides and works in The Netherlands. Her work sits on the boundary between performance art, choreography, ritual and stunt show. She consciously plays with the shifting of boundaries between high culture and entertainment, exploring different modes of female representation and questioning the full potential of female physicality. Her collaboration with choreographer/performer Vincent Riebeek resulted in a trilogy of pieces – Kein Applaus für Scheisse, Spirit and Wellness – that tour under the guidance of CAMPO.  In addition to this, she created Recovery, CAMPO production Apollon,  and TANZ.  As of 2021, Florentina will be an artist-in-residence at the Volksbühne Berlin.


CAMPO is a Ghent (Belgium) based arts center, presenting a wide range of productions, from theater, dance and performance to festival and international tours. CAMPO supports artists throughout their artistic process and is committed to  research and development, production, touring and presentation. campo.nu/en/apollon



NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City’s major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators andthinkers. NYU Skirball hosts over 300 events annually, from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and  film.


NYU Skirball’s unique position within with New York University enables it to draw on the University’s intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates and journalists. nyuskirball.org.



Apollon will play February 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm. Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org,  by calling 212.998-4941, or at the box office,  Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 pm– 6:00 pm. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.


This project is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL, General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA , Goethe Institut in New York, as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, and the Austrian Cultural Forum.


NYU Skirball’s performance season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional generous support provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Performing Arts NL, Flanders House, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Con Edison, Marta Heflin Foundation, Goethe Institut, and Harkness Foundation for Dance, as well as NYU Skirball’s Members and Skirball Business Partners.


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