Teaching at Eden's Expressway
fri june 4 :: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
mon june 7 :: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
While in the midst of working on both a new movement-based play about the Paradise Garage, and creating a new work for Jacob's Pillow based on the human figure studies of English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, this class will integrate the grit of late 70’s-mid 80’s house music and movement with the everyday functionality depicted in Muybridge’s photography.
Abraham is best known for dynamic phrase work based on his own self-intuitive movement sensibility: a hybrid of Hip Hop, Limon, and Cunningham technique. His class emphasizes four specific core values: exploration, musicality, abandonment, and intuition.
The opening warm-up sequence focuses on the fluidity of the spine, articulation, and core body strengthening and then builds up to challenging, creative and invigorating phrase work. Students experience a personalized post-modern movement vocabulary full of intricate gestures and fearless floor work.
Kyle Abraham, professional dancer and choreographer, began his 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. Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including Dance Magazine's coveted 25 to Watch in 2009, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant 2008, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship in 2002. His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at Dance Theater Workshop, Sprinboard Danse Montreal, the Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center, Emoves at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, New York and the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. As a performer, Abraham has worked with several acclaimed modern dance companies including David Dorfman Dance, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Dance Alloy, The Kevin Wynn Collection and Attack Theatre. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, abraham.in.motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States. For more information please visit: abrahaminmotion.org