"The Radio Show" Examines Communication and Community

<p>Photo by Steven Schreiber</p>

January 23, 2012

ATLANTA  ¿ The Emory Dance Program presents Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion¿s exploration of identity and personal history, ¿The Radio Show,¿ February 23-25 in Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio. Choreographer and Coca-Cola artist in residence Kyle Abraham investigates the repercussions of the abrupt discontinuation of Pittsburgh urban radio station WAMO on a community and the lingering effects of Alzheimer¿s and aphasia on a family.

In ¿The Radio Show,¿ the newest installment of Emory¿s Candler Concert Series, Abraham crafts an abstract narrative around the loss of communication. The piece is broken up into various shorter works, mixing recordings of classic soul and hip hop with contemporary classical compositions to create an eclectic score that evokes Abraham¿s fond memories while expressing a passion for what is lost. 

On September 8, 2009, the only urban radio station in Pittsburgh, Hot 106.7 WAMO, went off-air. This event, along with his father¿s struggle with Alzheimer¿s, prompted Abraham to examine the breakdown of communication and question its effects on the community and family. Asks Abraham, ¿Without black radio, where is the audible voice of the black community? Radio was so prevalent during times of strife in the past. Where is its place today? Is radio fading away? Are we still listening?¿

Kyle Abraham, named ¿The best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama¿ by ¿Out Magazine,¿ creates movement that aims to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. His work entwines a 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.

 Over the past few years, Abraham has received numerous accolades for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in ¿The Radio Show.¿ In addition to performing and developing new works for Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion performs ¿The Radio Show¿ Thursday, February 23¿Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. in Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322.  Tickets $20; Discount Category Members $15; Students $10.

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