Kyle Abraham is a young, award-winning choreographer and dancer who grew up in Pittsburgh and allowed his youth to influence himself as a performer and creator of art. His personal, culturally-referenced works are an homage to his humble beginnings here in Pittsburgh. His roots lie in training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and as a high school student at CAPA. He went on to study dance at SUNY Purchase and received an MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009 Abraham was listed in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” where he was described as, “equal parts power and grace.” In 2008 he was awarded a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. In 2010, he was awarded a Bessie Award and a Princess Grace Award for his piece The Radio Show. He was also described as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” In addition to producing work for his own company, Abraham.In.Motion, he is frequently commissioned by other troupes and has worked with the likes of both Dance Alloy and Attack Theatre, though he currently resides in New York City.
His latest production, Pavement, will take place at the Byham Theater on February 16. Critics have consistently praised him for his commitment to movement and vivid emotional output. According to his website, “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 1970s 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.” Check out a trailer for Pavement below.
According to the Cultural Trust, “The evening’s full-length performance pairs classic essays from W.E.B Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk and John Singleton’s 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood with an operatic score layered with a brash urban landscape.” They were also gracious enough to donate two tickets for us to give away to Saturday, February 16th’s 8PM performance. (Or you can purchase them here!) Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. We will select a winner at random and e-mail them to confirm. Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim their tickets or we will select someone else. Good luck!