Kyle Abraham & Abraham.in.Motion: Pavement / The Living Word Project: Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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Two edgy, increasingly honored young choreographers grapple with history, masculinity, and shifting identities, creating sensual, sonically compelling works. In Pavement, 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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