LIVE! The Realest MC September 21 Ingram Hall
A physical and hip hop commentary
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion launches Great Performances 38th season with Live! The Realest MC on September 21, 2012. Considered an “emotional chameleon” and as New York’s greatest talent in the Obama age, Abraham presents a unique visual and auditorial aesthetic examining social roles through robust phrase work. An extension of the childhood story Pinocchio, Live! The Realest MC follows a boy’s pursuit for “realness” set in industrial dystopia. Also a rework of Abraham’s piece Inventing Pookie Jenkins, this work evaluates individual responsibility in relation to the dichotomy of social invisibility and community acceptance.
Abraham discovered his love of performance at the Civic Light Opera Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from Suny Purchase and MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He has collaborated with David Dorfman Dance, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and is currently choreographing for Alvin Ailey.
Most recently, Abraham received the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award honoring his commitment to contemporary dance and to his radical vision. Having been called “equal parts power and grace,” Abraham shatters the energy around him, reworking a new perspective for his enlightened audience. Live! The Realest MC is a soul-stirring, spellbinding spectacle, which evaluates the world of hip hop celebrity and a robotic public drenched in fear.
Great Performances is Vanderbilt University’s professional performing arts series anchored from the Vanderbilt Programming Board. Recognized as a National Dance Project Hub-Site by the New England Foundation for the Arts, Great Performances is dedicated to promoting artistic expression and to providing students and the Nashville community with stimulating spectacles that engage, enrich and transform. Great Performances’ series features world music, dance, and theater. Subscription packages for the series are on sale at Sarratt Student Center, www.vanderbilt.edu/greatperformances.
Prices range from $136 to $120 with recommended purchase date before Sept. 7. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 7 and range from $30 to $40. Vanderbilt students and staff receive discounted rates with deep subscription savings. Tickets for non-Vanderbilt students are $10 with identification at Ticketmaster outlets and at the box office. Call (615) 322-4230 for renewals and subscriptions and (615) 322-2471 for season details:
Live the Realest MC
7:30 p.m. Friday, September 21
“It’s smart and self-aware, and luscious too: the complete package.” -The New York Times