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Kyle Abraham: "The Watershed" and "When the Wolves Came In"

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Kyle Abraham: "The Watershed" and "When the Wolves Came In"

Time: September 23, 2014 at 7:30pm to October 4, 2014 at 7:30pm
Location: New York Live Arts
Street: 219 W 19th St.
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.newyorklivearts.or…
Event Discipline: dance
Organized By: a4 - Network Admin
Latest Activity: Aug 18, 2014

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Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion
The Watershed
Sep 23, 24, 26, Oct 1, 3 at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $35; Select $15 seats available

The Watershed, an evening-length work for nine dancers, is a commanding and provocative cross-cultural exploration of freedom. Featuring Abraham’s signature style of mellifluous fluidity juxtaposed with sharp accents, The Watershed follows the universal aspiration toward freedom and simultaneously references the emancipation following the Civil War, the political tumult of 1960s and the civil rights challenges of our present day. The work features arresting scenic design by world-renowned visual artist Glenn Ligon and a score ranging from a contemporary cello suite to the soulful sounds of Otis Redding. 

Fri Sept 26 at 6:30pm Come Early Video Screening and Talk:Visual Artist and Videographer Carrie Schneider discusses her dance on camera collaboration with Kyle Abraham/AIM  

Fri Oct 3 Stay Late Discussion: Aesthetics of Jazz and the Performance of Protest, moderated by Carrie Mae Weems


Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion
When the Wolves Came In
Sep 25, 27, 30, Oct 2, 4 at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $35; Select $15 seats available

When the Wolves Came In, a stand-alone repertory-based program, explores the historical legacy of two totemic triumphs in the international history of civil rights: the 150thanniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th anniversary of the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. The works take their inspiration from Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, which celebrated the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and shed a powerful light on the growing civil rights movements in South Africa and the U.S. The potent themes inherent in these historical milestones are evident in Abraham’s choreography, evocative scenery by visual artist Glenn Ligon, the visceral power of Roach’s masterwork and original compositions of Grammy® Award-winning jazz musician Robert Glasper. 

Thurs Sept 25 at 6pm Come Early Conversation: Artist Talk with Visual Artist Glenn Ligon: Visual Design in Dance Performance 

Thurs Oct 2 Stay Late Discussion: Creating When the Wolves Come In - Thomas Lax, Associate Curator, Media and Performance Art at MoMA in conversation with Kyle Abraham and Grammy Award Winning Jazz Musician Robert Glasper

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