Choreographer Kyle Abraham & New York City Ballet's Taylor Stanley Join Forces for a Powerful Collaboration

Choreographer Kyle Abraham & New York City Ballet's Taylor Stanley Join Forces for a Powerful Collaboration

Published on July 30, 2020
Photo: Zach Stoltzfus

Choreographed: Kyle Abraham // Performance: Taylor Stanley

Director of Photography Zach Stoltzfus // Edited by Courtney Garboski for New York City Ballet

Music Gnossienne No. 3 by Erik Satie, Performed by Alessandro Simonetto Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

Co-Produced by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Ces noms que nous portons is a world premiere solo choreographed by Kyle Abraham for New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley. The film was shot on June 30th on the Josie Robertson Plaza, lit in celebration of Pride. Kyle and Taylor have written the following statement about their collaboration on Ces noms que nous portons, and encourage viewers to learn more about and consider supporting Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, and The Okra Project.

Kyle Abraham photo: Carrie Schneider; Taylor Stanley photo: Paul Kolnik

A message from Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley

When we first worked together on The Runaway for NYCB in 2018, an instant bond was created. There was a synergy of shared experiences and shared narratives. And although our pathways and audiences may differ, we share a united sense of a weighted experience that holds our history and our art form alike. 

This collaboration aims to celebrate our queerness and our color in a way that hopefully stresses its importance, its fragility, and its strength. We dance, and create dances for those who have yet to see themselves on a stage. We dance, and create dances for our community and beyond. We dance, and create dances to nourish our souls. We make dances to reflect, to ask, to heal. 
We want to honor the lives of those who we have lost due to the color of their skin or their identity. May they remain close to our hearts and at the forefront of our actions as we continue to create, reflect, and dance. For the both of us, we commemorate our history . . . in PRIDE.


Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley 

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