Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion "Pavement"
Friday, Dec 06, 2013 8:00 PM CST
(7:00 PM Doors)
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Kyle Abraham, on Pavement:
In 1991, I was fourteen and entering the ninth grade at Schenley High School in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. That same year, John Singleton’s film, Boyz N The Hood was released. For me, the film depicted an idealize “Gangsta Boheme” laying aim to the state of the Black American male at the end of the 20th century. Twenty years later and more than ten years into the 21st century, I am focused on investigating the state of Black America and a history therein.
Reimagined as a dance work and now set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods, Homewood and the Hill District, Pavement aims to create a strong emotional chronology of a culture conflicted with a history plagued by discrimination, genocide, and a constant quest for a lottery ticket weighted in freedom.
As two rivaling neighborhoods, their histories run parallel. Both experienced a cultural shift in the 1950s when jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington performed at local theaters and Billy Strayhorn spent most of his teenage years. Over a century later, those same theaters are now dilapidated. And the streets that once strived on family run businesses and a thriving jazz scene now show the sad effects of gang violence and crack cocaine.
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 70’s and raised with an artistic upbringing including classical cello, piano and the visual arts, Kyle Abraham approaches movement as a way to deeply delve into identity as it relates to personal history. From this approach, the work entwines 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 that exposes itself on stage. A.I.M is an intentional representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities blend the human experience of physical, emotional and psychological encounters to create a conversation of movement that is then manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique. Each convergence of dancing bodies is a new opportunity, a new discussion for the artist and audience to engage in and ultimately take with them when they leave the theater.
Abraham.In.Motion is a proud supporter of Dancers Responding to AIDS.
For more information please visit www.abrahaminmotion.org
All performance dates and times are subject to change.