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Choreographer Kyle Abraham Explores Communication in “The Radio Show” March 16-17

March 16, 2012

Evocative Performance by Dance Company Abraham.In.Motion Delves into Issues of Identity and Personal History

 

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Middlebury, VT—Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion delve into identity and personal history in a performance of The Radio Show. Creating an abstract narrative around the loss of communication, he investigates a community’s reaction to the abrupt discontinuation of a radio station and how Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia impact a family. Abraham and his company will give a master class on March 15, 2012 and two performances on March 16 and 17, 2012, at Middlebury College.

 

 

kyle-pas2Abraham found inspiration for this work in his own past.The Radio Show is broken up into various shorter works that blend my fondest memories of driving with my family and of listening to Pittsburgh’s radio stations Hot 106.7 FM WAMO and its sister station AM 860. On September 8, 2009, WAMO, the only urban radio station in Pittsburgh sadly went off-air. Without black radio, where is the audible voice of the black community? Radio was so prevalent during times of strife in the past. Where is its place today? Is radio fading away? Are we still listening? Reinterpreting those questions into the context of my father’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s ten years ago and his more recent aphasia-afflicted conditions is where these losses of a voice find a common thread.”

 

The Radio Show was created during a residency provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation, with major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It premiered in Pittsburgh in January 2010 and went on to receive a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for its New York premiere.

Abraham began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He continued his dance studies at SUNY Purchase and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and has since received tremendous accolades, numerous awards, and artist fellowships. In 2009 he was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch. He was heralded by OUT Magazine as one of the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Bates Dance Festival, and in Canada, Ireland, and Japan. As a performer, Abraham has worked with acclaimed modern dance companies including Middlebury favorite David Dorfman Dance, plus Burnt Sugar Dance Conduction Continuum, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and The Kevin Wynn Collection.

 

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His dance company Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M.) strives to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work, and delve into identity in relation to a personal history. 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 and exposing that on stage.

 

The company’s residency at Middlebury is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Additional support comes from the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, which supports opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experience in the performing arts.

A.I.M. will offer a lecture/demonstration on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 12:30 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre at Middlebury College. This presentation is free and open to the public. The two public performances will take place on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 8:00 P.M. each evening, also in the Mahahey Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. Tickets for the evening performances are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Photos Steven Schreiber