IMPRESSIONS OF KYLE ABRAHAM
"Live! The Realest M.C."
Live! The Realest M.C.
Presented by The Kitchen, December 8-10, 2011
Concept, Direction, and Choreography: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
Performers: Kyle Abraham, Rena Butler, Chalvar Monteiro, Elyse Morris, Rachelle Rafailedes, Hsiao-Jou Tang, and Maleek Malaki Washington
Filmmaker: Carrie Schneider
Lighting Design: Dan Scully
Costume Design: Kyle Abraham and Kristi Wood with additional support by Maribeth Maxa, Liz Prince and the staff of Perry Mansfield
©Tara Sheena for The Dance Enthusiast
Kyle Abraham, donned in a gold sequin racer back top and metallic gold pants, begins Live! The Realest M.C. with an electric solo: filling the space with subtle pops and locks, game for explosion at any second. Effortlessly balancing on his toenails, he is at once vulnerable and mighty.
The dancers are "fierce" and the lighting ,designed by Dan Scully, is expertly crafted. The lens of hip-hop culture—dominated by hyper -masculine figures and song lyrics that border misogyny—provides an intriguing choice through which to witness Abraham’s personal journey.His struggle with sexuality and identity guide not only his aesthetic choices, but the relationship between the bodies onstage: A homosexual self; a hypermasculine self; a flamboyant self; an emotionally damaged self. Are they allies? Enemies? Neither? Both? The struggle never found resolution.
Still Live! The Realest M.C. is completely entertaining in its present tense, and utterly thought provoking in its aftermath. Not much more I could ask for from performance on a frigid December evening in the concrete jungle.
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