From the Center: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Royce Hall Feb 12-13, 2015

Unsigned editorial from the evening’s program notes.

Inspiration comes in many forms. As often as it seemingly arrives unbidden or unexpected it also can thoughtfully manifest from a deep well of understanding, of artistry, of commitment to craft and integrity of purpose.

You’ll read more in these pages about Kyle Abraham’s profound inspiration for the two new works we are extremely proud to debut in Los Angeles this weekend. Working with Kyle has been inspirational. We greet him here at an incredibly potent point in his arc as an artist and collaborative visionary. His voice is strong and true and sings out phrases and ideas that deserve to be remembered, pondered, spoken, sung, writ large and flung into the world in motion.

Abraham is indeed in motion. And we are all fortunate to be moving alongside him, to be able to grasp this moment in which we can align ourselves with his ideas and inspirations and instigations and ongoing evolution. In particular this weekend’s performance of The Watershed is a creative achievement. Kyle says the piece has continued to change and evolve since its premiere in New York this past September. And now, here in Los Angeles, it has come to its fullest expression. He’s pleased and excited, and so are we.

And hopefully, so are you.

Tonight is about motion and emotion. About taking an idea and setting it on a course of expression. About bringing ourselves to a space of understanding and experience and setting ourselves on a (potentially new) course of thought. It’s a powerful thing to thoughtfully rally around issues that evoke emotions similar to the times when Max Roach was writing his seminal “Freedom Now” suite. Those issues and emotions are obviously still with us today. The art of performance unleashes a certain kind of articulation that allows us to simultaneously embody these emotions and also
to free them to weave new spells on our psyche, our culture and our dreams for a better world.

Thank you for being in motion with us tonight. Thank you for dreaming with us.

Thank you for helping us welcome Kyle Abraham and Abraham.In.Motion.