*Kyle Abraham* Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director for the Alabama Dance
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, Jan 2, 2013
Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director for the Alabama Dance Council, and Leah Tucker, Director of the Carver Theater and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, talk to Kyle Abraham director of the Abraham.In.Motion Dance Company about his background that influenced his choreography of two productions, The Radio Show and Pavement that will be performed in Birmingham in January 2013.
Sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham delves into identity and personal history in The Radio Show. Creating an abstract narrative around the loss of communication, he investigates the effects of the abrupt discontinuation of a Black radio station on a community and the lingering effects of Alzheimer’s and aphasia on a family. Abraham mixes a score with recordings of classic soul and hip-hop with contemporary classical compositions by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto to create an eclectic score that evokes fond memories and a passion for what is lost.
Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham is interested in investigating the state of Black America and a history therein, as well as gender roles within the choreographer’s community. Pavement is a culturally-referenced, evening-length dance work that pairs W.E.B. Du Bois’ classic essays Souls of Black Folk, John Singleton’s film Boyz N The Hood, and Philippe Jaroussky’s album Carestini: The Story of a Castrato, layered with an aggressive aural urban landscape. Set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods - Homewood and the Hill District – Pavement pays homage to the bold high-top fade era in hip hop while creating an emotional chronology of a culture conflicted with a history plagued by discrimination and genocide. The presentation of Pavement is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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