A.I.M by Kyle Abraham: Mixed Programme

(New York/USA)

Three european premieres (Kyle Abraham: Drive | Show Pony | The Quiet Dance)
One german premiere (Doug Varone: Strict Love)

Kyle Abraham is one of the most sought-after young talents in American dance today. Rather than working in pure genres, he cherry-picks from styles ranging from street dance and hip hop to Martha Graham and classical ballet to create a zany fusion of high culture and Afro-punk. Abraham dances to rap, elegant jazz, driving electronic rhythms, and to silence – in a style he refers to as a “postmodern gumbo”. His works pulsate with an elastic jazz feel. They are sensual and provocative, combining great speed with great clarity. He is the first black choreographer in over a decade to be commissioned by the New York City Ballet. For COLOURS, Abraham is bringing his own company, A.I.M, to Stuttgart to perform four pieces, including a work choreographed by Doug Varone: cutting-edge New York dance that ranges between nonchalant, glittering twirls and quiet, seemingly improvised jazz meditation.

„His choreography wriggles energy through the body, stretches it, suspends it, unleashes it.” – Dance Magazine, USA

„Smart and self-aware, and luscious too: the complete package.” – The New York Times

„The best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama." – Out Magazine, USA

Choreography: Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone | Premiere:Drive: October 11, 2017, New York / Show Pony: August 1, 2018, New York / The Quiet Dance: 2011, New York / Strict Love: 1994 | Duration: approx. 75 minutes with intermission

Dates & Prices

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 8.30 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 7 pm

Theaterhaus → T2

Cat. 1: 44.– € / dis.: 33.– € / under-18: 33.– €
Cat. 2: 32.– € / dis.: 24.– € / under-18: 24.– €
Cat. 3: 19.– € / dis.: 19.– € / under-18: 19.– €

Credits

Dauer // Duration: ca. 75 Minuten mit Pause // approx. 75 minutes with intermission


Strict Love (1994)

Choreographie // Choreography: Doug Varone, neuinszeniert von // restaged by Alex Springer
Musik // Music: Spirit in the Sky, written and performed by Norman Greenbaum
I Want You Back, written by Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, performed by Jackson 5
ABC, written by Berry Gordy, Freedie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, performed by Jackson 5
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, performed by Diana Ross
Lichtdesign // Lighting design: David Ferri
Kostümdesign // Costume design: Lynne Steincamp
Tänzer*innen // Dancers: Matthew Baker, Tamisha Guy, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Claude “CJ” Johnson, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Marcella Lewis, Jeremy “Jae” Neal

 

The Quiet Dance (2011)

Choreographie // Choreography: Kyle Abraham
Musik // Music: “Some Other Time” composed by Leonard Bernstein, played by Bill Evans
Lichtdesign // Lighting design: Dan Scully
Kostümdesign // Costume design: Kristi Wood
Tänzer*innen // Dancers: Catherine Ellis Kirk (soloist), Matthew Baker, Tamisha Guy, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Claude "CJ" Johnson

 

Show Pony (2018)

Choreographie // Choreography: Kyle Abraham
Musik // Music: “Hatshepsut” by Jlin
Lichtdesign // Lighting design: Dan Scully
Kostümdesign // Costume design: Fritz Masten
Tänzerin // Dancer: Marcella Lewis

 

Drive (2017)

Choreographie // Choreography: Kyle Abraham in Zusammenarbeit mit A.I.M // in collaboration with A.I.M
Musik // Music: Theo Parrish and Mobb Deep, with additional sound editing by Sam Crawford
Lichtdesign // Lighting design: Dan Scully
Kostümdesign // Costume Design: Karen Young
Tänzer*innen // Dancers: Matthew Baker, Tamisha Guy, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Claude “CJ” Johnson, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Marcella Lewis, Jeremy “Jae” Neal

 

Drive was commissioned by New York City Center for the 2017 Fall for Dance Festival with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Special funding for Drive provided by Jay Franke & David Herro, and by Rick Beyer. Drive was developed, in part, through a residency at White Oak Conservation, made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

 

A.I.M Staff
Künstlerische Leitung // Artistic Director: Kyle Abraham
Interims-Geschäftsführung // Interim executive director: Michele Thompson
Geschäftsführung // General manager: Hillary Kooistra
Produktionsleitung & Licht Supervisor // Production manager & Lighting supervisor: Dan Stearns
Performer*innen // Performers: Matthew Baker, Tamisha Guy, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Claude “CJ” Johnson, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Marcella Lewis, Jeremy “Jae” Neal
A.I.M. Vorstand // A.I.M Board of directors: Stephen Simcock (chair), Kyle Abraham (Artistic Director, ex-officio), Cheryl Bergenfeld, Chris Calkins, Adrienne Edwards, Glenn Ligon, Bebe Neuwirth, Carrie Schneider, Eric Shiner, Gilda Squire, Julia Strickland
Leitung Entwicklung // Director of development: Sarah Rulfs
Finanzen // Finance manager: Lucy Mallett
Choreographische Unterstützung // Choreographic associate: Matthew Baker
Probenleitung // Rehearsal Director: Tamisha Guy
Betriebsmitarbeit // Operations associate: Rebecca Gual
Marketing und Kulturvermittlung // Marketing and Education associate: Catherine Kirk
Booking: Lotus Arts Management, Sophie Myrtil-McCourty, President, at 72-11 Austin Street, Suite 371, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Tel: 347.721.8724; email: sophie@lotusartsmgmt.com  website: www.lotusartsmgmt.com

 

Photos: Ian Douglas, Ellen Crane, Clark Scott, Sharen Bradford, Steven Schreiber, Tim Barden

 

Generous support for A.I.M provided by: Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Gilman Foundation; The JKW Foundation; Joyce Theater Foundation; Mertz-Gilmore Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; New York Community Trust; O'donnell-Greene Music & Dance Foundation; Princess Grace Foundation-USA; The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation; Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust; and The Shubert Foundation. Public funding provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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