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MANCC welcomes Kyle Abraham

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) welcomes Choreographic Fellow Kyle Abraham into residence. Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography and in 2009 was honored as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch.

While in residence, Abraham will be in the early development stages of Boyz N The Hood (working title), which draws its inspiration from John Singleton’s 1991 film of the same name and W.E.B. Dubois’ classic essay, “The Souls of Black Folk”, and is set to a sound score that mixes Phillipe Jaroussky’s operatic score, Carestrini: The Story of a Castrato with the sounds of an urban city. Re-imagined as a dance work, Boyz pays comedic homage to the bold Kris Kross/ backward jeans and high top fade era in Hip-Hop while reflecting on the growths and losses of Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods, Homewood and the Hill District.

At MANCC, Abraham intends to investigate movement vocabulary, and explore how the layers of sound, film, dance, and community will be integrated into the work. He will meet with Dr. Hernan Ramirez, Assistant Professor in FSU’s Department of Sociology, to explore some of the themes in his work including race and minority group relations.

Additionally, collaborator Maritza Mosquera will be joining Abraham to begin development of an Educational Outreach program, which will tour in conjunction with the work. The residency will culminate in an informal showing / dialogue session during the School of Dance Forum on February 15th.

Please see mancc.org/artists/kyle-abraham/ or email info@mancc.org for additional information about Abraham’s residency.

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.

Banner image: Kyle Abraham, Amber Parker, Samantha E. Farrow and Maureen Wright.Photo by Steven Schreiber