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A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth

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A black man with a shaved head wearing a print cotton dress steps away from us. A huge image of a moon, almost as tall as him, floats overhead. The black stage is raked with silvery lines of moonlight, and dim figures lie on the floor in the distance.

Choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer, composer, and EDM artist Jlin have come together to create a new work exploring death, folklore, and reincarnation through a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor.

Ten dancers from Abraham’s company – A.I.M by Kyle Abraham – take the stage to the music of Jlin, who has transformed Mozart’s score into an electronic opus that commemorates ritual, mourning, and rebirth.

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is a Black-led contemporary dance company with the mission of creating a body of dance-based work galvanised by Black culture and history.

Image description: A black man with a shaved head wearing a print cotton dress steps away from us. A huge image of a moon, almost as tall as him, floats overhead. The black stage is raked with silvery lines of moonlight, and dim figures lie on the floor in the distance.

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One the most consistently excellent troupes working today.THE NEW YORK TIMES

Lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers (the choreographer included)…
THE NEW YORK TIMES

What strikes you first about [Abraham’s] choreography is the austere discipline underpinning its expressiveness.
THE GUARDIAN

Abraham’s creative range is too wide and too buoyant for him to feel constrained by the role of angry black choreographer. His dances may be political but they are also aspirational, complex and upbeat.
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