When the Wolves Came In
This Colorado premiere by Abraham.In.Motion Dance features works inspired by Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, itself created in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and to shed a light on the growing African independent movements of the 1950s. The potent themes inherent in these historical milestones are evident in Abraham’s choreography, evocative scenery by visual artist Glenn Ligon, the visceral power of Roach’s masterwork, and original compositions of Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Robert Glasper.
Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in his artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, Kyle Abraham’s movement delves into identity and personal history. His work entwines a sensual and provocative movement vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior, and all things visual. Abraham founded his own company in 2006 and in the comparatively short time since has been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch for 2009, won a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography, and was called by OUT Magazine in 2011 as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” In 2012, he received the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, a USA Ford Fellowship, and was named the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014. In 2013, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (the “genius grant”).