- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents A.I.M by Kyle Abraham’s An Untitled Love
- Featuring the Music of D’Angelo
- Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director
- Winner of a prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a Doris Duke Artist Award
- Abraham has created work for companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and New York City Ballet
- Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M), is a representation of 11 dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds
- This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
- Sunday, February 13th / 7:00 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
- $40: General Public / $15 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents A.I.M by Kyle Abraham’s An Untitled Love featuring the Music of D’Angelo on Sunday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m. Pacific at Campbell Hall. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
One of today’s most in-demand choreographers, A.I.M. Artistic Director Kyle Abraham mixes modern, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop dance. The winner of a prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a Doris Duke Artist Award, Abraham has been commissioned to create work for companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and New York City Ballet. His company of 11 dancers, Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M), performs An Untitled Love – a thumping mixtape celebrating culture, family and community set to the music of R&B legend D’Angelo.
ABOUT KYLE ABRAHAM
“Lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers.” The New York Times
2018 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient, 2017-18 Joyce Creative Residency Artist, 2016 Doris Duke Award Recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow who began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Washington Jefferson College, and is currently serving as a visiting professor in residence at UCLA.
In November 2012, Abraham was named the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014. Just one month later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered Abraham’s Another Night at New York City Center.
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, and received a Jerome Travel and Study Grant in 2008.
His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad; at Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Los Angeles Music Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Sadler’s Wells, Maison de la Danse, Tanz Im August, On The Boards, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Montreal, Ottawa, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France, Jordan, Ecuador, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Byham and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, A.I.M, Abraham premiered in 2016 Untitled America, a 3-part commissioned work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; toured The Serpent and The Smoke, a pas de deux for himself and acclaimed Bessie Award-winning and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan as part of Restless Creature; and choreographed for the feature-length film, The Book of Henry, for acclaimed director Colin Trevorrow. Abraham recently premiered the Bessie-nominated The Runaway for New York City Ballet’s 2018 Fall Fashion Gala, which was recognized as “Best of Dance for 2018” by The New York Times. In Fall 2019, he choreographed Ash, a solo work for American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Misty Copeland; Only The Lonely, a newly commissioned work for Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, and The Bystander, a new commission for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to rave reviews.
The mission of A.I.M, under the Artistic Direction of Kyle Abraham, 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. Learn more at http://aimbykyleabraham.org/.
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This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
$40: General Public / $15 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.
Dance Series Sponsors: Margo Cohen-Feinberg & Bob Feinberg, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Barbara Stupay, and Sheila Wald
UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.