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The CAC is thrilled to welcome highly-acclaimed dance company Kyle Abraham / A.I.M. (Abraham in Motion) to the CAC, May 8-9, 2020!

Recently featured in both Kinfolk and O, The Oprah Magazine, 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award recipient and Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a 2016 Doris Duke Awardee who began his dance training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before receiving his BFA from Purchase College and his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama".

The mission of A.I.M is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 70s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano and visual arts, the movement’s goal is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. MacArthur award-winning Abraham has choreographed for Wendy Whelan and NYC Ballet, among others. This will be his second visit to the CAC, following the company's performances of "Pavement" in 2013.

Generous support for A.I.M is provided by: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; The Ford Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Gilman Foundation; Joyce Theater Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; New York Community Trust; Princess Grace Foundation-USA; The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation. Public funding provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

This performance is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA). This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. This performance is also supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as well as by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

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