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Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Thurs-Sat, 8 PM
MAR 10-12, 2016
Newmark Theatre

"Voluptuous movement style, which draws fluidly from hip-hop and contemporary dance." -The New York Times



PROGRAM: (running time 90 minutes with intermission)
The Quiet Dance, Choreographed by Kyle Abraham,  set to “Some Other Time” by Leonard Bernstein (15 minutes)
Absent Matter, Choreographed by Kyle Abraham in collaboration with Abraham.In.Motion; Music composed & arranged by: Kris Bowers and Otis Brown III, including segments by Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West (18 minutes)
The Gettin’, Choreographed by Kyle Abraham in collaboration with Abraham.In.Motion; Set to Robert Glasper’s interpretation of We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite (30 minutes)

Kyle Abraham, a mesmerizing dancer, award-winning choreographer and 2013 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, creates multi-dimensional work inspired by his personal history, echoing the struggles African Americans have faced throughout time. Abraham’s dynamic company will perform an evening of new work showcasing Abraham’s inspired blending of modern dance technique with hip hop and urban street dance.

Free to the public– Info and Reservations, email mtran@reed.edu
1. Workshop for Dance Students (Intermediate/Advanced Level)
Monday, March 14, 2016, 3:10–4:30 pm in the PAB Dance Studio
Free! Students from regional and local colleges, and community dance places are invited to participate (PSU, Lewis & Clark, Pacific University, PCC, Western Oregon University, Conduit, NWDP, BodyVox, etc.)
2. A Lecture Demonstration on Kyle Abraham Choreographic Work with Company
Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:30 pm, PAB Dance Studio
3. Workshop for Students in All Arts Discipline (Dance/Theater/Music/Visual Arts/Creative Writing) Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 4:10–5:30 pm, PAB Dance Studio Students from regional and local colleges, and community dance places are invited to participate.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Talking Points

  • Kyle Abraham is a well celebrated dancer and choreographer, having received several awards and fellowships – 2014 MacArthur Fellow, 2012 Ford Fellow, 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, 2010 Bessie, 2009 Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch.
  • Kyle Abraham’s company, Abraham in Motion was established in 2006 and is comprised of diverse dancers from around the US and the world.
  • His work embraces interdisciplinary art, blending different movement styles (modern, hip hop, ballet, afro-Caribbean, and more) with video, visual art and a strong emphasis on sound, all to create a space for personal exploration.
  • The dancers each take on non-artistic roles in the company, assisting in rehearsals, programming and education outreach.
  • Often live music is integrated into the show, be it original jazz compositions, interpretations of classics,  or tracking hip-hop legends, for Abraham,  music “creates a liveliness and energetic exchange” – K Abraham (Dance Magazine)
  • Many of his pieces are rooted in human identity and social distress, imbedding images of violence, injustice, protests and community, inviting his audience to investigate and reflect alongside the performers.
  • “In a frustrated place or a sad place, I’m drawn to move. Intuitively, that’s what happens,” he said. “It’s the most honest exploration and unencumbered proclamation: This is who I am and this is what I stand for.” – K Abraham (Wall Street Journal)

Mixed Repertory Program:

  • Absent Matter examines the perceived grandness of violence and death in urban communities, tracing “racial epithets” in music and explores hip-hop’s lineage from Tupac to Drake, to “create an abstract and dialogue about race in America through the lens of those who feel unacknowledged or without value.” (abrahaminmotion.org)
  • The Gettin’ uses charged images from apartheid-era South Africa to the death of Eric Garner in NYC, with live music, ballet-turned-afro-Caribbean movements and intense visuals, the piece questions freedom and the power of perception, the allotment of personal choice in collective rights.
  • The Quiet Dance is an introspective, suspenseful 12 minute quintet set to a rendition of Bernstein’s “Some Other Time”. An experience in subtly, and “what goes unsaid”, dancers and movement contrast and connect quietly but expressively.  (www.abrahaminmotion.org)
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