A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth
With a formal coolness and vital perspective, Kyle Abraham creates contemporary dance and ballet worldwide - and is now creating a post-pandemic requiem for the big stage to a Mozart re-composition by Jlin, electronic music pioneer.
In his fluid choreographic language, Kyle Abraham draws from the repertoire of classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance and street dance. In addition to numerous commissions for major companies such as New York City Ballet, Abraham develops political and poetic works, addressing the issues of Black communities in the United States, with his own company, A.I.M. For REQUIEM: FIRE IN THE AIR OF THE EARTH, he now collaborates with Jlin for the first time: The dance-music producer from Indiana has built a uniquely experimental sound on the foundation of Chicago footwork, a style of house dance/street dance that originated in Chicago in the late 1990s with influences from drum corps, fife-and-drum blues, West African percussion and free-jazz drumming. She was already featured at the 2018 Summer Festival with her composition for Wayne McGregor's AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Now she recomposes Mozart's classic requiem for the dead into an electronic dance piece, from which the original appears as a ghost from the past.
In the wake of 2020 - marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests - Abraham and Jlin explore the central theme of one of the most canonical works of white Western classical music, death and the myths of reincarnation, from an explicitly Black perspective. In collaboration with fashion designer Giles Deacon, who is considered an innovator of the Paris couture scene with his expansive prints and pop references for his own label and numerous fashion houses, lighting and set designer Dan Scully and 10 dancers, the work will be rehearsed in Hamburg, and will then premiere on the big stage.
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