The award-winning contemporary dance company A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham returns to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State University, Long Beach this Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.
Presenting four West Coast premieres, this third appearance at this Southland venue introduces viewers to Abraham’s distinctive movement vocabulary as well as to a classic solo by choreographer Bebe Miller and a recent creation by dance maker Paul Singh.
Included in this program directed by the MacArthur Genius awardee are his own recent creations, “5 Minute Dance (You Drivin’?),” “MotorRover” and “If We Were a Love Song.” This last piece is a suite of dances set to six songs recorded by the venerable Nina Simone. The collection is described in promotional materials as an exploration of the time-honored subject of love. Given the dynamic physical virtuosity of the highly acclaimed performers, one can assume this series will cover the emotional subject matter in many of its dynamic variations.
The artist has been recognized with many prestigious accolades, including the aforementioned MacArthur Genius Award, as well as both the Doris Duke and Princess Grace Awards. He is the
Endowed Professor in Dance at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The company has toured internationally, and its director has also made dances for ballet companies across the globe.
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach 90815
Photo credit: Christopher Duggan