By the time Kyle Abraham won a MacArthur “genius award” in 2013, no one should have been surprised. The Pittsburgh native had been turning heads on the hard-to-impress New York dance scene, first for his dancing, then for his choreography. Abraham’s work draws on ballet, contemporary dance, capoeira and his own starting point in the street dance of Pittsburgh raves, a composite style he calls a postmodern gumbo. This week, his latest, When the Wolves Came In, exemplifies his ability to make the political personal. In this case his laser eye is on segregation, specifically our own Emancipation Proclamation, this year marking its 150th anniversary, and South African apartheid. The music is drawn from a 1960 Max Roach civil rights–infused jazz album, revisited by composer Robert Glasper.
Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 2015
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