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A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Founded in 2006 by the choreographer Kyle Abraham, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is a contemporary dance company whose work draws its energy from Black history and culture. The company is closely involved in the African-American community and creates performances, educational programmes and workshops.

Produced in collaboration with artists working in a range of disciplines, the company’s work comprises a sensual, provocative vocabulary involving music, text, video and the visual arts. Although rooted in Kyle Abraham’s artistic vision, A.I.M’s sources of inspiration are very varied. Since it was created, the company has created 15 original dance shows, and in 2018 it began to commission new pieces and perform existing works by external choreographers in order to expand its repertoire and provide both performers and audiences with a broad range of dance pieces. The repertoire now includes pieces by Trisha Brown, Andrea Miller, Bebe Miller, Doug Varone and Keerati Jinakunwiphat – who began her career as a member of A.I.M. The company’s choreographic vocabulary, which ranges from hip-hop to classical ballet, gives it an especially broad appeal.
The award-winning African American choreographer Kyle Abraham has earned high critical acclaim and his work is presented all over the world. He develops his creations with his company, A.I.M, and in parallel receives numerous commissions, for example from the Royal Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2021 he created Optional Family for the Royal Ballet, where he will also be presenting a new piece in 2022. His third creation for the New York City Ballet, When We Fell (2021) was described by the The New York Times as one of the most beautiful dance films of the pandemic. His many collaborations have opened the doors of pop music (Beyonce, Sufjan Stevens), fashion and film (Colin Trevorrow). According to Vogue, “What Abraham brings (…) is an avant-garde aesthetic, a original and politically minded downtown sensibility that doesn’t distinguish between genres but freely draws on a vocabulary that is as much Merce and Martha as it is Eadweard Muybridge and Michael Jackson”.


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Édition 2022

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