Six women tackle the neoliberalist cult of the body with all their performative brilliance and vicious physical virtuosity. Apollon limbos between the aesthetics of an occult fitness-studio, a cyborg-bullfight and neoclassical ballet.

Florentina Holzinger combines fin de siècle freakshow and 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 this supposedly perfect woman, the artist herself. These perfect women – what do they even want?

Learn more about Apollon and Florentina Holzinger.

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Indefinite Article

Florentina Holzinger: Apollon

Ara H. Merjian on Florentina Holzinger

Explosive micro-spectacles erupt in Florentina Holzinger’s Apollon like waves crashing relentlessly across the stage.

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Get Thee to the LIbrary

Recommended readings to accompany the Indefinite Article by Ara H. Merjian.

Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex. Routledge, 2011.

V. Briginshaw, Dance, Space, and Subjectivity. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Elizabeth Grosz, Space, Time and Perversion. Routledge, 1995.

Deborah Hay, Using the Sky: A Dance. Routledge, 2015.

Deirdre Kell, Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection. Greystone, 2012.

Read All About It

Victoria Dejaco for SPIKE | March 20, 2018

Interview with Florentina Holzinger

“The dancer’s body being exhibited is always a sexual object, too. I find it very important to be aware and not too naïve of that.”

Wilson Le Personnic for Ma Culture | Nov 9, 2017

Apollon Musagète, the feminist ballet of Florentina Holzinger

“I find ballet really perverse and artificial, both attractive and repulsive… Apollon Musagète is in a way an attempt to transform my aversion to ballet into a loving relationship.”

Extra Credit

We’ve picked a book to complement each show in our season. We’ve got novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and memoir. Before opening night of each show (usually Fridays, but not always!), we’ll meet in the lobby for happy hour drinks and discussion. It’s an fun, informal way to find a new favorite book, meet people, and get your brain into gear for the show – even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet.

NYU Skirball Book Club | Saturday, Feb 22, 2020

Bunny by Mona Awad

A down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.