Abraham is a breathtaking performer who is pioneering a unique choreography that combines dance with his training in music and the visual arts. He has collaborated with numerous artists, from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to Beyoncé. His work fuses the youthful energy of hip-hop and urban dance with a strong grounding in modern and contemporary dance.
At its core, Dearest Home is a work about love, longing, and loss. Comprised primarily of solos and duets generated through conversations, workshops, and new research into the concept of scientific empathy, Dearest Home weaves together movement and vulnerability with cross-cultural conversation and community action. In YBCA’s intimate Forum, the audience will have the choice to watch the performance with a composed score playing through headphones or with a silent score and the ambient sound of bodies moving through space.
Please note there will be no late seating for this performance.
Regular Admission: $20 – $40
Student, Senior, Teacher: $18 – $36
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.
Pay What You Can level: Regular admission
Individual level and above: $16 – $32
All Access and Curator’s Circle: Free
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Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director
2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, Kyle Abraham (Pittsburgh, PA) is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Previous awards include being named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and receiving a 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch for 2009.
In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama”.
Choreography: Kyle Abraham in collaboration with Abraham.In.Motion
Original Score: Jerome Begin
Set & Lighting Design: Dan Scully
Dancers: Matthew Baker, Tamisha Guy, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Marcella Lewis, Jeremy “Jae” Neal, Connie Shiau
Dearest Home was commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Hopkins Center for the Arts, and with a grant from The O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation. Dearest Home is a project of Creative Capital. Additional generous support for the creation and presentation of Dearest Home was provided by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts; and a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Special Project Grant. Dearest Home was developed during residencies at The Hopkins Center for the Arts, University of Arizona, University Musical Society, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
YBCA Programs in 16–17 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16–17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The Leslie and Merle Rabine 2016–17 Performance Season is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 16–17: Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Lead Image: Courtesy of the artist.