The mission of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 70s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano and visual arts, the movement’s goal is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work intertwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation.
Abraham.In.Motion’s work explores Kyle’s diverse training in classical music, visual art, and a multitude of dance forms from ballet to hip-hop to give range and depth to his sleek, evocative work. Dance Magazine named him one of the “25 to Watch” in 2009 and has described his work as “elastic and electric, luxuriantly rippling, poetically arranged with moments of perfect stillness that arrive amid splashes of expression. His choreography wriggles energy through the body, stretches it, suspends it, and then unleashes it.”
Kyle Abraham, the 2012-14 Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, 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 2014, he also received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Jefferson University in Pittsburgh. A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various dance disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individuals create a social narrative crafted by Abraham’s personal movement impulses and varied inspirations.
ArtsRevive will be sponsoring Master Classes and a Community Forum with Kyle Abraham and Abraham.In.Motion in Selma on January 7, 8, 11 and 12. They will be performing in Selma on January 13 from 6-8 pm in the Selma High Auditorium. They will present 4 new dance works spawned from a singular idea: an historical homage celebrating 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 20 years after the abolishment of Apartheid in South Africa.
Tickets are $15 General Admission and $25 for a limited amount of VIP seating. Tickets are available through Samford Box Office at this link.