Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion at MASS MoCA: “The Watershed”

Kyle Abraham

8:00 pm • Saturday, October 18th 2014
3:00 pm • Sunday, October 19th 2014
MASS MoCA • North Adams, MA

Kyle Abraham is a choreographer and dancer probing the relationship between identity and personal history through a unique hybrid of traditional and vernacular dance styles that speaks to a new generation of dancers and audiences. With diverse training in music, visual art, and dance—and breathtaking skill as a performer—Abraham’s highly physical dance vocabulary reflects the youthful energy of the hip-hop and urban dance he encountered in his adolescence as well as a strong grounding in modern dance technique. —MacArthur Foundation Fellow Profile

This coming weekend, Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA collaborate to present Abraham.In.Motion. Choreographer and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner Kyle Abraham is a modern Renaissance man, trained as a classical cellist, visual artist, and contemporary dancer. Abraham, a MacArthur “Genuis” Fellow–and his ensemble of phenomenal dancers–performs his newest work, The Watershed.

Earlier in September–on the same day–The New York Times highlighted Kyle Abraham’s work and The Village Voice ran a feature on Abraham.  The Huffington Post recently named the work of Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion as the most exciting thing happening in dance this fall. Clearly Kyle Abraham and his work is hot and not to be missed.

I think a lot of times when I’m making a dance, I’m really thinking about the music … because I love music so much. So, sometimes I’m actually making dance to highlight the music.   —Kyle Abraham

The Watershed is an evening-length work for nine dancers that draws its inspiration from the pivotal 1960 jazz album and civil rights statement “We Insist! Max Roach’s ‘Freedom Now Suite.” It is a commanding and provocative cross-cultural exploration of freedom … a historical review enacted in the art of dance, referencing–through movement–the Civil War, the political tumult of 1960s and the civil rights challenges of our present day. Featuring Abraham’s signature style of mellifluous fluidity juxtaposed with sharp accents and  arresting scenic design by world-renowned visual artist Glenn Ligon, The Watershed is set to a rambunctious score ranging from a contemporary cello suite to the soulful sounds of Otis Redding.

Through his excitingly original dancing and Abraham’s signature blend of postmodern traditions, urban influences, and classical form, no doubt, will deliver meaning and message with masterful performance. We hope you get to take in the work of Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion.

 

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    Friday, October 24th 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • African Drum & Dance Workshop with Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 10:00 am

  • Project 44
  • Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 8:00 pm

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  • Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Albany, NY
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 12:55 pm

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  • Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • Conversation with Bill T. Jones about “Story-Time: The Life of An Idea”
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    Monday, October 27th 2014 at 7:00 pm