The Joyce Presents Kyle Abraham's A.I.M
The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) is proud to present the return of 2013 MacArthur Genius Fellow and Princess Grace & Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham and his acclaimed modern dance company, under the new official name A.I.M, formerly Abraham.InMotion. During this week-long engagement from May 1-6, A.I.M, last seen at The Joyce in 2015 as Abraham.in.Motion, will perform two mixed-bill programs of works by Andrea Miller, Bebe Miller and Doug Varone, as well as the world premiere of two works by Mr. Abraham: Meditation and INDY. Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$56, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.
Kyle Abraham is a choreographer whose work is often characterized by a sensual, provocative movement vocabulary. He places strong emphasis on sound, human behavior, and all things visual, in an effort to create a vehicle for personal investigation. A recipient of one of The Joyce Theater's 2017-2018 Creative Residencies, Mr. Abraham and A.I.M, his acclaimed company of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds, return to The Joyce for what is sure to glorious week of dance.
Program A (Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30pm; Friday, May 4 at 8pm; and Saturday, May 5 at 2pm) will feature the world premieres of Mr. Abraham's Meditation and INDY. Commissioned by The Joyce Theater as part of his residency and in collaboration with composer/pianist Jerome Begin, INDY is Mr. Abraham's first solo work in nearly a decade. Program A will also feature the world premiere of a still untitled piece by Andrea Miller, and a revival of Mr. Abraham's Drive, which made its world premiere this past October as a commission of the 2017 Fall for Dance Festival in New York City.
Program B (Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5 at 8pm; andSunday, May 6 at 2pm) will begin with the company premieres of renowned choreographer Doug Varone's Strict Love, featuring the music of The Jackson 5, Norman Greenbaum and Diana Ross, and Bessie Award-winner Bebe Miller's Habit of Attraction, from her 1987 evening length work, The Hell Dances. The program will conclude with Mr. Abraham's Meditation and Drive.
ABOUT KYLE ABRAHAM
The 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, Kyle Abraham (Pittsburgh, PA) is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Previous awards include being named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and receiving a 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch for 2009. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama".
The mission of A.I.M. is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham's artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. A.I.M. is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.
ABOUT THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION
The Joyce Theater Foundation ("The Joyce," Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for over three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and The Joyce renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also presented dance at Lincoln Center since 2012, and launched Joyce Unleashed in 2014 to feature emerging and experimental artists. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce's annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 150,000.
Performances of A.I.M. will be May 1-6 at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street) according to the following schedule:
Program A: Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30pm; Friday, May 4 at 8pm; and Saturday, May 5 at 2pm)
Program B: Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5 at 8pm; and Sunday, May 6 at 2pm
There will be a post-performance Curtain Chat with Kyle Abraham and dancers of A.I.M. onWednesday, May 2, open to all patrons attending that evening's performance. Tickets range in price from $10-$56 and can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.