Kyle Abraham and Marc Bamuthi Joseph perform as part of the summer 2013 series Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York

Aug 01 2013


Damrosch Park Bandshell
Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St.
New York, NY




Performing Arts

Two edgy, increasingly honored young choreographers grapple with history, masculinity and shifting identities, creating sensual, sonically compelling works.

In Pavement, Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion re-imagine Boyz N The Hood as a dance work set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. The piece pays comedic homage to the backward jean and high top fade era in hip hop, while creating a strong emotional chronology of a culture burdened by discrimination, genocide and a constant quest for a lottery ticket weighted in freedom.

Inspired by letters that essayist, educator, and choreographer Marc Bathumi Joseph penned to his unborn child, Word Becomes Flesh is a fluid choreopoem that uses text, dance and live music to document pregnancy from a young single father’s perspective, incorporating ritual, archetypes and symbolic sites within hip hop culture. The piece critically, lyrically and choreographically examines race, male privilege and the fraught concept of fatherhood.

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