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Requiem : Fire in the Air of the Earth

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

dance French Premiere

New York


Accomplished, elegant and explosive, every piece by Kyle Abraham, a leading figure in the New York contemporary dance scene, is an event. His vision of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor is no exception, as it shifts our perspective with its explicitly Afro-American angle, its combination of several choreographic languages, and the fertile dialogue it establishes between Mozart and Jerrilynn Patton alias DJ Jlin.


With great visual and narrative power, Kyle Abraham’s new piece explores the traditional themes of the requiem—ritual and rebirth—but in his own explosive way. The solemnity and transcendent power of Mozart’s Requiem, a masterpiece of western classical music, remain intact, but they are seen through the prism of Abraham’s political commitments and his approach to dance, which charges bodies with energy. Here, bodies undulate in supple electric movements, sometimes taut and vibrant, sometimes letting go. Along with Jerrilynn Patton, one of the foremost DJs on the electro scene, Abraham gradually appropriates the motifs of the original composition to create a new opus performed by ten amazingly expressive dancers. The piece, which is a fundamental stage in Abraham’s journey as a dancer and choreographer, is part of his exploration of Black culture and history—a story of terror and melancholy, of fury and renunciation.

SCHOOL PRESENTATION friday june 17th - 2.30 pm

Practical information

2022 edition

Duration 1 h


Recommended for ages 10 and up

Where ?
La Criée - National Theater of Marseille

30, quai de Rive Neuve, 7e

tel. 04 91 54 70 54

Métro 1 arrêt Vieux-Port

Bus - 82, 82s, 83 arrêt Théâtre La Criée

• Bus de nuit - 583 arrêt Théâtre La Criée

Vélo Station Place aux Huiles

Parking Indigo, Vieux-Port-La Criée 


Price 10€

Under 12 y/o 5€

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Photographies ©Peter Hönnemann ©Carlton Bright


Création 2021 | Chorégraphie Kyle Abraham en collaboration avec  A.I.M Musique Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem in D Minor ; Jlin, Untitled  Création lumière et son Dan Scully Costumes Giles Deacon
Soutien New Music USA avec l’aide des programmes de soutien et dotations de Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust (New-York) ; New York State Council on the Arts ; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs ; Howard Gilman Foundation (New-York) ; Helen F. Whitaker Fund (Pennsylvania) ; The Aaron Copland Fund for Music (New-York) Résidences Kaatsbaan Cultural Park (New-York) ; Lumberyard, Center for film and performing arts (New-York) grâce à The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Coproduction Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New-York) ; Stanford University (Californie) ; the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan ; Celebrity Series of Boston ; International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hambourg, DE)

La compagnie A.I.M : Direction artistique Kyle Abraham Direction générale Hillary Kooistra Direction des répétitions Matthew Baker Production Amber Lee Parker, Meredith Belis Lumière et vidéo Gabriel Esparza Conseil production et lumières Dan Stearns Développement Lauren Cronk, Kristine Liwag Budget Lucy Mallett Relations presse Lisa Labrado  Communication Catherine Kirk Conseil d’administration Kyle Abraham, Stephen Simcock, Cheryl Bergenfeld, Chris Calkins, Adrienne Edwards, Suzanne Hall, Mark A. Leavitt, Glenn Ligon, Bebe Neuwirth, Carrie Schneider, Gilda Squire, Julia Strickland La compagnie reçoit le soutien de American Dance Abroad ;  Nathan M. Clark Foundation; Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ; Ford Foundation ; Howard Gilman Foundation ; Harkness Foundation for Dance ; The DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund ; The Hyde and Watson Foundation ; The International Association of Blacks in Dance ; Joyce Theater Foundation ; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ; New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, avec le soutien de Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ; New Music USA ; New York Community Trust ; Princess Grace Foundation-USA ; Rockefeller Brothers Fund ; Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation ; Samuel H. Scripps Foundation La compagnie reçoit le soutien de The National Endowment for the Arts ; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature ; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council La compagnie reçoit le soutien de Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI) | Managing Organizational Vitality and Endurance, a program of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation This engagement is supported in part by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International, a program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


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