Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Light lunch served at 11:45
Join us for a conversation at the Forum for Scholars & Publics with renowned artistic director, choreographer & dancer Kyle Abraham, the director of the Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Dance company, in advance of his company's performance of When The Wolves Came In at Duke Performances on Friday, February 19 & Saturday, February 20. The conversation will be moderated by Jodee Nimerichter, director of the American Dance Festival. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion's previous pieces -- Pavement & The Radio Show -- both showed at the American Dance Festival.
We’ll explore Abraham’s aesthetic vocabulary and the ways he has collaborated with contemporary African-American visual artists, musicians and composers in exploring questions of history and narrative around the struggle for Civil Rights. How is Abraham forging a new aesthetic in dance by drawing together a unique set of resources, collaborators, and references?
Co-sponsored by Duke Performances.
Kyle Abraham is an artistic director, choreographer & dancer from Pittsburgh, PA, who brought the Abraham.In.Motion dance company to fruition. A modern renaissance man, Abraham trained as a classical cellist and visual artist before turning his focus to contemporary dance. In 2015, Abraham was the receipient of the City Center Fellowship as artistic director. Previous awards include him being named a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” (choreographer), the 2012 United States Artist Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and receiving the Princess Grace Award for Choreography (2010) and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2012). In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in 'The Radio Show’. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch for 2009. Dance Magazine praises his highly musical style, which “brings buried rhythms to the surface in swaths of luscious yet intricate movement.” In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama".
American Dance Festival
Jodee Nimerichter was appointed ADF Director in January 2012. In the past four years, she launched the Shall We Dance campaign that allowed the festival to purchase year-round studios, the first permanent facilities for the organization; expanded outreach and performance programming; and produced performances in New York City. Ms. Nimerichter worked for the Festival from 1991 to 1999 and 2003 to 2011 in numerous other capacities. During her first years at ADF, she managed international dance festivals and exchange programs in over 20 countries. She also organized the first U.S. tour of The Guangdong Modern Dance Company from Guangzhou, China and was responsible for organizing the reconstruction of seven classic dance works on repertory dance companies across the United States. In 1997, she joined the production team for ADF’s Emmy Award-winning series, Free to Dance, a three-hour documentary on the African American presence in modern dance for which she was also nominated for an Emmy Award in “Research.” She also produced ADF’s Dancing in the Light (2007), a program showcasing six historic works by African American choreographers, for PBS.
Prior to returning to ADF, Ms. Nimerichter was a production member of Great Performances: Dance in America at Thirteen/WNET New York. She graduated from New York University with a degree in performing arts administration. Ms. Nimerichter currently serves on the Boards of ADF and Arts North Carolina and numerous national dance panels. She was a member of an Appalachian Summer Festival's Artistic Partnership Team in 2008 and 2009. As part of FOCUS Dance she curated programs at The Joyce Theater (2013) and NYU Skirball Center (2014) in New York City.