The company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham – led by Abraham, a visionary and sought-out choreographer – makes its Celebrity Series debut this season. Galvanized by Black culture and history, Abraham’s works for his company are developed alongside a wide range of collaborators and reflect both society today and aspirational social changes. Abraham says of his work, “as an artist born in the late 1970s, I’ve experienced a change in society that brings me hope. My choreography reflects that hope, but also lives in the reality of my experiences and the cultural work that still needs to be done.”
In Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth, a new work co-commissioned by Celebrity Series, Kyle Abraham poignantly reimagines Mozart’s Requiem. Memorializing ritual, mourning, and rebirth, this is the latest collaboration between Abraham and electronic music pioneer Jlin. Both drawing from their own unique perspectives, Jlin unites electronic and house dance elements with Abraham’s deep grounding in classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and street dance for a powerful and unforgettable experience.
“What Abraham brings … is an avant-garde aesthetic, an original and politically minded downtown sensibility that doesn’t distinguish between genres but freely draws on a vocabulary that is as much Merce and Martha as it is Eadweard Muybridge and Michael Jackson.”Vogue