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Internationales Sommerfestival 2021
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham:

Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth

  • © Peter Hönnemann
  • Kyle Abraham
    © Tatiana Wills
  • Jlin
    © Jlin
Dance / Music / Wheelchair users / With hearing amplification
  • Fri, 20.08.2021 21:00 [World Premiere]
    Kampnagel – K6 Box Office
  • Sat, 21.08.2021 21:00
    Kampnagel – K6 Sold Out
  • Sun, 22.08.2021 16:00
    Kampnagel – K6
  • Sun, 22.08.2021 21:00
    Kampnagel – K6

With a formal coolness and vital perspective, Kyle Abraham creates contemporary dance and ballet worldwide - and is now creating a post-pandemic requiem for the big stage to a Mozart re-composition by Jlin, electronic music pioneer.

In his fluid choreographic language, Kyle Abraham draws from the repertoire of classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance and street dance. In addition to numerous commissions for major companies such as New York City Ballet, Abraham develops political and poetic works, addressing the issues of Black communities in the United States, with his own company, A.I.M. For REQUIEM: FIRE IN THE AIR OF THE EARTH, he now collaborates with Jlin for the first time: The dance-music producer from Indiana has built a uniquely experimental sound on the foundation of Chicago footwork, a style of house dance/street dance that originated in Chicago in the late 1990s with influences from drum corps, fife-and-drum blues, West African percussion and free-jazz drumming. She was already featured at the 2018 Summer Festival with her composition for Wayne McGregor's AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Now she recomposes Mozart's classic requiem for the dead into an electronic dance piece, from which the original appears as a ghost from the past.

In the wake of 2020 - marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests - Abraham and Jlin explore the central theme of one of the most canonical works of white Western classical music, death and the myths of reincarnation, from an explicitly Black perspective. In collaboration with fashion designer Giles Deacon, who is considered an innovator of the Paris couture scene with his expansive prints and pop references for his own label and numerous fashion houses, lighting and set designer Dan Scully and 10 dancers, the work will be rehearsed in Hamburg, and will then premiere on the big stage.

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"It feels light, but you feel that there are these abstract levels and at the same time the level where dance manifests itself as a representation of social events, where you're told stories, where you can also really follow the relationships of characters to each other and how they change. It's a lot of things at once, and yet it's a wonderfully surprising aesthetic unity." Wiebke Hüster on Deutschlandfunkkultur

  • Choreografie: Kyle Abraham in collaboration with A.I.M
  • Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem in D Moll; Jlin, unbenannte Auftrags-Partitur
  • Lighting & Scenic Design: Dan Scully
  • Kostüme: Giles Deacon

REQUIEM: FIRE IN THE AIR OF THE EARTH was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc..

REQUIEM: FIRE IN THE AIR OF THE EARTH was created in part during a “bubble” residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park and LUMBERYARD, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

REQUIEM: FIRE IN THE AIR OF THE EARTH was co-commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Stanford University; and the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; International Summer Festival Kampnagel.

THE HAMBURG RESIDENCY for the final creation period was made possible with the support by NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Co-Production Fund, Koproduktionsförderung Tanz, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by Mara & Holger Cassens-Stiftung.

THIS ENGAGEMENT has been supported by American Dance Abroad.

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