“Kyle Abraham is phenomenal.” — The New York Times

Riffing on the Pinocchio fable in a search to become “real,” choreographic chameleon and Bessie Award-winner Kyle Abraham takes a darkly humorous approach to gender roles and masculinity in the black community and the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop celebrity. Blending fast and furious contemporary dance with athletic movement derived from the street, this ensemble work ponders the price of conformity and the ways that identity is formed.

“[Abraham] uses the full arsenal of personal experience, dance techniques, and musical genres to strike a universal theme of what it means to be human.” Read more in professor Pamela Newkirk’s Indefinite Article.

Join us the week of the show for two free talks, with Kyle Abraham in conversation with NYU faculty. Free and open to the public.

April 2 @ NYU Dance, in conversation with Séan Curran
April 3 @ NYU Social and Cultural Analysis, in conversation with Michael Ralph and Malik Gaines

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Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of A.I.M, is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, a 2015 City Center choreographer in residence and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. A.I.M (formerly Abraham In Motion) was born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts. Abraham’s work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual.  abrahaminmotion.org


Skirball Moves programming is generously supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

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This project is made possible with educational and enrichment funding from Con Edison.

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Catherine Ellis Kirk & Jeremy Jae Neal. Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Claude CJ Johnson & Tamisha Guy. Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Jeremy Jae Neal & Claude CJ Johnson. Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Jeremy Jae Neal. Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Marcella Lewis & Kayla Farrish. Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Tamisha Guy. Photo: Julien Benhamou
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Pamela Newkirk on A.I.M

Abraham widens the frame of possibility for a younger generation of artists.

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