The Watershed, an all-new evening-length work for nine dancers, is a commanding and provocative cross-cultural exploration of freedom created by Bessie-award winner and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham. Featuring Abraham’s signature style of mellifluous fluidity juxtaposed with sharp accents, The Watershed follows the universal aspiration toward freedom and simultaneously references emancipation following the Civil War, the political tumult of 1960s, and civil rights challenges of our present day. The work features arresting scenic design by world-renowned visual artist Glenn Ligon and a score ranging from a contemporary cello suite to the soulful sounds of Otis Redding.
Performance images by Ian Douglas.
The presentation of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional support provided by AVK Arts Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Heritage Fund.
The Watershed and When the Wolves Came In were commissioned by and will premiere at New York Live Arts where Abraham is the center’s 2012-14 resident commissioned artist.