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20May/14

UPTOWN NIGHTS: COUNTERCULTURE

kyle abraham uptown nights

KYLE ABRAHAM:AN LGBTQ NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC & A DANCE PARTY
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave. at West 135th St.
Friday, May 23, $20, 7:00
212-281-9240 ext 19/20
www.harlemstage.org

It’s been quite a few years for Kyle Abraham. Abraham, who formed his dance company, Abraham.In.Motion, in Pittsburgh in 2006, won the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2012, an honor bestowed in previous years on Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones. Later that year he was named the 2012–14 New York Live Arts resident commissioned artist, and his Alvin Ailey commission, Another Night, had its world premiere at City Center. In 2013 he was selected as a MacArthur Fellow and choreographed the pas de deux The Serpent and the Smoke for himself and New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan. Now Abraham is curating the May 23 edition of Harlem Stage’s “Uptown Nights” series, celebrating LGBTQ culture with Pittsburgh-based DJ Edgar Um, gay New York rapper Le1f, who runs the hip-hop Camp & Street label; gay rapper Will Sheridan (G.I.A.N.T., Ngoma), who came out several years after playing basketball at Villanova; Brooklyn choreographer, dancer, video artist, and Crystal Consciousness practitioner Wendell Cooper, who runs Complex Stability; and vogue dance champion Javier Ninja of the House of Ninja. The evening begins at 7:00 with a mixer, followed by live performances and a dance battle at 7:30, and a dance party at 9:30.

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