Kyle Abraham

Doris Duke Artist Award, 2016

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA

With training in music and visual art, contemporary and modern dancemaker Kyle Abraham creates a movement vocabulary that exudes the same energy of his Pittsburgh roots. In 2006, he founded Abraham.In.Motion (AIM), aiming to create evocative interdisciplinary works. In 2015, he premiered Absent Matter at The Joyce. Inspired by jazz, hip-hop, news footage, and live music, it was a response to racial injustice occurring today. Separate from his company, he collaborated on a pas de deux for himself and former New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan as part of her work Restless Creature. Awards include a City Center Fellowship, MacArthur Fellowship, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, USA Ford Fellowship, a BESSIE for Outstanding Performance for “The Radio Show,” and two Princess Grace Awards. He has received funding from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and National Dance Project, among others. He is currently building his third commissioned work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Company and a new work for AIM, Dearest Home.

  • Photo Credit: Peggy Jarrell Kaplan
    Kyle Abraham
  • Kyle Abraham- Overgrown (Dance Response Project, 2013):
    Overgrown (Dance Response Project, 2013)
  • Kyle Abraham- Ne Me Quitte Pas (2012):
    Ne Me Quitte Pas (2012)
  • Kyle Abraham- Retrograde (Dance Response Project, 2013):
    Retrograde (Dance Response Project, 2013)
  • Kyle Abraham- The Gettin' (2014):
    The Gettin' (2014)
  • Kyle Abraham- Digital Lion (Dance Response Project, 2013):
    Digital Lion (Dance Response Project, 2013)
  • Kyle Abraham- The Watershed (2014):
    The Watershed (2014)
  • Photo Credit: Carrie Schneider
    Dearest Home (work in progress)

What are your key goals for the award period?

The current goals for me in relation to my art making consist of creating a sustainable support system. With so much of my time and energy focused on generating income for others, it's been hard to find that. This award allows for space to create and space to reflect in ways that not only support artistic growth but longevity in the process.