Conversations Without Walls: Kyle Abraham & Taylor Stanley
Livestream: Saturday, December 12, 12pm ET
YouTube link will also be sent to registrants on Saturday morning prior to the event, and will be posted on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@DanspaceProject)
Danspace Project Program Director and Associate Curator, Benjamin Akio Kimitch, will be in conversation with Kyle Abraham, choreographer and Artistic Director of his company A.I.M, and Taylor Stanley, Principal Dancer for New York City Ballet, about the development of their collaborative friendship, beginning with the creation of Abraham’s The Runaway (2018) for New York City Ballet to their short film collaboration, Ces noms que nous portons (2020) for Lincoln Center. Footage of Ces noms que nous portons and rehearsal documentation for The Runaway will be screened. They’ll discuss their shared experiences with representation, trust, and advocating for change within dance institutions.
This conversation will explore new dimensions to Danspace’s PLATFORM 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, curated by Claudia La Rocco, which examined the overlapping and divergent lineages of George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, and Judson Dance Theater. How are these lineages being embraced, subverted and/or rejected by today’s Black, brown, and queer dance artists?
The CWW digital series are pre-recorded and will be streamed on YouTube and archived on the Danspace Project online Journal. More about Conversations Without Walls
Accessibility: This program will be captioned.
Recently featured in both Kinfolk and O, The Oprah Magazine, 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award recipient and Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a 2016 Doris Duke Awardee who began his dance training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before receiving his BFA from Purchase College and his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Abraham is in his fifth year as a Visiting Professor in Residence at UCLA and is the Artistic Director of A.I.M, acclaimed NY-based company of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. In addition to performing and developing new works for A.I.M in 2019, he also choreographed and premiered The Bystander for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Only The Lonely for Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company and Ash, a new solo work for American Ballet Theater principle, Misty Copeland to rave reviews. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Kyle Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” For more information please visit: abrahaminmotion.org