Kyle Abraham/A.I.M.: When the Wolves Came In
One of the best and brightest creative provocateurs to emerge on the dance scene, Kyle Abraham presents work that is infused with a soaring social consciousness and singular acuity to a dancer’s potential for complex conversation with an audience.
Featuring three new works by this MacArthur ‘Genius’, When the Wolves Came In is an evening that reflects on freedom, the Emancipation Proclamation and the connection between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Gettin' is a series of duets performed by six members of A.I.M. to music composed and performed by jazz pianist Robert Glasper, inspired by the civil rights movement and social dancing; Hallowed is a trio that includes Kyle Abraham and is performed to gospel spirituals and spoken sermons; and When the Wolves Came In is a piece for six dancers to music from A Good Understanding by contemporary composer Nico Muhly and sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
This engagement of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Review by The Washington Post
Choreographer Kyle Abraham took on complex, hot-button topics and handled them ably and honestly; he unleashed huge volumes of movement that were mind-bogglingly detailed and varied; and perhaps most importantly, he revealed himself to be hungry to keep innovating.
— Sarah Halzack, The Washington Post, November 9, 2014
Preview by Metro Weekly
The evening-length program is inspired by the 1960 protest album We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, and each of its three pieces explores aspects of black freedom 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation — including a piece featuring gay urban dance moves set to gospel songs.
— Doug Rule, Metro Weekly, October 31, 2014