From the bold to the sensual to the playful – an evocative evening of dance from the visionary choreographer
If you are a ticket holder, we are very sorry to share that we are cancelling the upcoming A.I.M by Kyle Abraham performances, scheduled for February 11 at 8:00pm and February 12 at 3:00pm at the JCCSF. As a ticket holder you will automatically be refunded within 10 business days. If you do not receive your refund by February 22, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a decision we never expected to make, given our 20-year history of presenting performances, lectures, music and more. Our live performances were on hiatus during the pandemic, and as we continue to rebuild, we are facing significant technical staffing challenges in the Bay Area. In this case, we were unable to secure technically skilled lighting labor despite extensive efforts to bring a crew together. A.I.M by Kyle Abraham creates a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history and beautifully entwines movement with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art. We could not safely operate the production and we deeply regret this missed opportunity to showcase this caliber of work, with these artists, after such a long absence from professional dance in our theater.
To say we are devastated is an understatement. This isn’t the outcome we had anticipated, and we want to stress that it is no fault of the dance company. We not only apologize to you, but also for the undue stress and hardship this brings to A.I.M by Kyle Abraham.
We are grateful that you are motivated to gather in our theater once again, and we hope to see you soon.
Stephanie Singer, Director of Arts & Ideas
Erica Aren, Senior Director of Roots & Culture
About the Performance
From acclaimed choreographer Kyle Abraham (2013 MacArthur Fellow, Choreographer for NYC Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and Alvin Ailey) comes an evening of lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers. Abraham’s contemporary dance company A.I.M (for Abraham in Motion) makes its Kanbar Hall debut with a new mixed repertory program featuring the world premiere of Motor Rover, among five provocative works.
Since its founding in 2006, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham has become one of the most active touring dance companies in the United States, with an audience base as diverse as its movement vocabulary, which ranges from hip-hop to formal ballet technique. Galvanized by Black culture and history and drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources and movement styles – what Abraham calls ‘postmodern gumbo’ – the work entwines a sensual vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art, and reflects both society today and aspirational social changes. “As an artist born in the late 1970s, I’ve experienced a change in society that brings me hope. My choreography reflects that hope, but also lives in the reality of my experiences and the cultural work that still needs to be done.”
Kyle Abraham is a 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient, 2017-18 Joyce Creative Residency Artist and 2016 Doris Duke Award Recipient. He is also a 2015 City Center Choreographer in Residence and a 2013 MacArthur “genius” Fellow. Abraham has choreographed for many of the leading dancers of our time, including Calvin Royal III, Misty Copeland, and Wendy Whelan. He has also been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The National Ballet of Cuba, New York City Ballet, and the Royal Ballet, among others. In 2021, he was appointed the Claude and Alfred Mann Endowed Professor in Dance at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
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