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Abraham.In.Motion's "The Radio Show"; 03/16-17/2012

Abraham.In.Motion's "The Radio Show"

Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, 2012
8:00 PM each evening
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham delves into identity and personal history in 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 the lingering effects of Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia impact a family. He mixes a score with recordings of classic soul and hip-hop with contemporary classical compositions by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto. Residency activity information below. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

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Additional Residency Activities:

Thursday, March 15

Master class, intermediate technique
9:30-10:45 AM 
MCA Dance Theatre
Open to Middlebury students only

Lecture/Demonstration with Kyle Abraham and company members.
12:30-1:20 PM
MCA Dance Theatre
FREE and open to the public

Residency activities associated with this performance are made possible by 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.


Abraham.In.Motion in The Radio Show


The Radio Show Performers: Kyle Abraham, Rena Butler, Chalvar Monteiro, Elyse Morris, Rachelle Rafailedes, Hsiao-Jou Tang and Maleek Mahkail Washington

Costume Design: Sarah Cubbage
Lighting Design: Dan Scully
Lighting Supervisor: Carley Manion

Preshow (music) Shirley Brown, The Chi-Lites, The Dramatics, The Emotions, Al Green, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Al Wilson, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Laura Lee, Dorothy Moore, The Shirelles, Sylvia, Dionne Warwick, Bill Withers, Betty Wright, The Velvelettes

AM 860 (music) Alva Noto, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, The Brothers Johnson, Exile, Aretha Franklin, The Fugees, Ryoji Ikeda, Ann Peebles, Jonnie Taylor, The Velvelettes


106.7 FM (music) Antony & The Johnsons, Alva Noto, J.S Bach, Michael Baysden, Beyoncé, Eiffel 65, Exile, Sophia Fresh (featuring Kanye West, HudMo, Ryoji Ikeda, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Klymaxx, Jena Knight, Lady Gaga, Mary Mary, Mtume, Eddie Murphy, Amber Lee Parker, Jay Sean, Slick Rick, Britney Sprears, Jonnie Taylor, The Velvelettes, additional editing by Herman Soy Sos Pearl


About The Radio Show

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. With the recent turmoil surrounding the death of 16 year old Darrion Albert in Chicago discussed over the airwaves of radio stations around the world, I wondered how aware listeners were to the goings on in other urban communities around the country now that this voice had been taken away. 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 is made possible by the generous support of The Heinz Endowments and with funds from the 2009–2010 Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Additional support for the commissioning and development of The Radio Show has been provided through The Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, which has received support from the Jerome Foundation.

The Radio Show was created during a residency provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation, New York City, with major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Radio Show world premiered at The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh in January 2010 and went on to receive a Bessie Award for it’s New York Premiere at Dancespace Project in February 2010.



About the Company

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 grounded in Abraham's artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to 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. A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.

Abraham.In.Motion is a proud supporter of Dancers Responding to AIDS.

Kyle Abraham, professional dancer and choreographer, began his 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.

Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show along with a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, a BUILD grant and an individual artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and 2009 was honored as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch.

Abraham 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, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center, Montreal, Germany, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan and The Andy Warhol Museum in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Abraham’s most recent work, The Corner, commissioned by Ailey 2, is currently touring internationally with great reception.

As a performer, Abraham has worked with acclaimed modern dance companies including David Dorfman Dance, Burnt Sugar Dance Conduction Continuum, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Dance Alloy, The Kevin Wynn Collection and Attack Theatre.  In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States.

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Press Quotes

“The best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.”Out Magazine

"...[Abraham's]continuing investigation into contemporary culture is to be applauded, and encouraged. It’s smart and self-aware, and luscious too: the complete package.--New York Times

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