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MDC Live Arts Presents the South Florida Premiere of Live! The Realest MC by Abraham.In.Motion

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Miami, December 21, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts presents renowned choreographer and dancer Kyle Abraham and his extraordinary company, Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M.), in their South Florida premiere of Live! The Realest MC at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, at the Colony Theatre.     

The origin of this project dates back to 2009, when MDC Live Arts (formerly Cultura del Lobo) recognized the talent and potential of this emerging artist and commissioned Abraham for a new body work through the National Performance Network Creation Fund. Inspired by Pinocchio’s plight to be a “real boy,” Abraham investigates gender roles in the African-American community and the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop.

Live! The Realest MC references our own humanity in this digital age, creating an abstracted and humorously dark narrative that places the iconic childhood character in an industrial dystopia. 

"Trying to be someone else to not be noticed is really kind of messed up," Abraham says.  

As part of MDC Live Arts’ core commitment to create meaningful educational experiences, Kyle Abraham and A.I.M. will engage in numerous residency activities prior to their performances, including master classes in technique and dance for high school and college students at New World School of the Arts, as well as MDC North, Kendall and Wolfson campuses. They will lead two lecture demonstrations on the company’s creative process and repertoire at MDC Kendall and Wolfson Campuses. In addition, MDC Live Arts has partnered with several local LGBTQ youth organizations to provide Abraham’s specialty workshop titled “Dance as Identity Ownership,” open to all students interested and facing LGBTQ identity exploration. This includes the MDC North campus group Unity, as well as county-wide youth performing ensembles such as “Teens for Equality” at Arts at St. Johns in Miami Beach, Pridelines in Miami Shores and Project LEAP at Miami Dance Center in Wynwood. The company will also offer workshops throughout the community, including INKUB8 in the Wynwood Arts District for the professional dance community. 

A.I.M.’s work combines sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation on stage. The company is represented by dancers from various disciplines and diverse backgrounds. Together, these individualities create movements that are manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.

Abraham began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Penn. He continued his dance studies in New York, earning a BFA from Purchase College at the State University of New York, and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His choreography has been presented throughout the U.S., most recently at On The Boards, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, REDCAT, Philly Live Arts, Portland’s Time Based Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center, Montreal, Germany, Jordan, Ecuador, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan, The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in his hometown of Pittsburgh. 

In recent years, he has received many accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography, including the 2012 USA Ford Fellow, the 2012-14 New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist, the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, a BUILD grant and an individual artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and selected in 2009 as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch. Out Magazine described Abraham as “The best and brightest creative talent to emerge from New York City in the age of Obama.”

MDC Live Arts is an initiative of MDC’s Cultural Affairs Department, created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo. MDC Live Arts continues a long legacy of bringing unique, diverse performances from around the world to South Florida.  The mission is to present the newest, most challenging contemporary and culturally specific work being created in the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on the Americas, and to present work that is reflective of our multi-ethnic community. Our series brings exceptional national and international performing artists to the region and provides opportunities for extensive community engagement through residency activities within the eight-campus college system, and through partnerships with other local arts providers. 

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for MDC students who show valid identification.  

 

 

MDC Live Arts Presents Abraham.In.Motion in Live! The Realest MC

  • WHEN: Friday, Feb. 1, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday, Feb. 2, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • WHERE: The Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

To purchase tickets, and more information about the 2012-13 MDC Live Arts season, please call 305-237-3010, or visit www.mdclivearts.org.    

 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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