Five things to know about Kyle Abraham Apr 16, 2012

by Jessica

This weekend we're presenting the Seattle debut of Kyle Abraham. The talented young choreographer has been one to watch on the national scene, but he's still unfamiliar to local audiences. Get a brief introduction in these few things to note about Kyle:

Kyle’s status as an artistic omnivore began early on  in his training at at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School. It included not just time studying modern dance and ballet, but also classical music and visual arts. You’ll see that impact in the music, video and dance of Live! The Realest MC

Kyle Abraham’s history as a performer includes working with artists like Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Not familiar with the work of Bill T. Jones? Check this out:

In 2010 Kyle received the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, an honor that was just bestowed upon two recent OtB alums in 2011 (Zoe Scofield and Olivier Wevers).

Live! The Realest MC was created as part of OtB‘s Dance Production Program. Kyle and his company came to Seattle for a residency in the fall to develop the work before its world premiere in December.

This production is based on an earlier work, Inventing Pookie Jenkins. This exploration of gender is included as part of Jacob’s Pillow’s Digital Pillow, a site that catalogues the many artists seen during the festival. Take a look at a short excerpt of his work here.