White Bird Uncaged Presents Award-Winning Kyle Abraham


Who: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
Presented by: White Bird Uncaged
When: Thursday – Saturday, March 10-12, 2016, 8:00 pm
Where: Newmark Theatre, Portland’5, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Sponsors: Ronni LaCroute/Willakenzie Estate, Mair & Hugh Lewis, Willamette Week
Tickets: Starting at $25, available at whitebird.org and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).
Discounts available for groups/students and seniors.

“Voluptuous movement that draws from hip-hop and contemporary dance.” – The New York Times

White Bird, as part of its Uncaged Series, is proud to present KYLE ABRAHAM/ ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION, with an inspired program of new work showcasing Abraham’s unique blending of modern dance technique with hip hop and urban street dance. Kyle Abraham, a mesmerizing dancer, award-winning choreographer and 2013 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, creates multi-dimensional work derived from his personal history, echoing the struggles African Americans have faced throughout time. His choreography intertwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and powerful visual elements, arising out of Abraham’s drive to use movement as an avenue for personal investigation.

The Quiet Dance is the first of three distinct works on the program. Subtlety and what is left unsaid lie at the heart of this lyrical 12-minute quintet, which is set to Bill Evans’ interpretation of the Leonard Bernstein classic, Some Other Time from the 1944 musical On the Town.
The next work is Absent Matter, also for five dancers, which is set to a vibrant score by artists ranging from Notorious B.I.G and Tupac to contemporary rap artists like Kendrick Lamar and Drake. The 18-minute piece explores hip-hop’s lineage to create an abstracted dialogue about race in America through the lens of those who feel unacknowledged or without value.
The program will close with the Abraham’s acclaimed The Gettin’ for six dancers, set to an interpretation of Max Roach’s We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. Created during Abraham’s tenure as a Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts from 2012-2014, this work draws inspiration from the legendary album of jazz legend Max Roach, released in the fall of 1960 to respond to the growing force of the civil rights movements in both the US and South Africa.

Kyle Abraham is a current City Center Fellow and 2013 MacArthur Fellow who began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In November 2012, Abraham was named the newly appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014. Just one month later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered Abraham’s newest work, Another Night, at New York’s City Center to rave reviews. That same year, Abraham was named the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient and 2012 USA Ford Fellow. Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. He and his company have performed at Portland’s TBA Festival, On The Boards, REDCAT, Philly Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, and many other American and international venues.
In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham recently finished touring The Serpent and The Smoke, a new pas de deux for himself and acclaimed Bessie Award-winning and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan as part of Restless Creature. OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama”.

In association with the White Bird engagement, the Reed College Dance Department will host a residency with Kyle Abraham and is offering three free events open to the public.
For info/reservations, email minh@reed.edu. Also CLICK HERE.
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.

White Bird’s 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund, Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, Ronni Lacroute/Willakenzie Estate, National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, The Oregon Community Foundation, WESTAF, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Starseed Foundation.

White Bird Uncaged Presents Award-Winning Kyle Abraham