Master Class: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (Int/Adv)
May 19, 2017
Classes taught by A.I.M emphasize four specific core values: exploration, musicality, abandonment,and intuition. The opening warm-up sequence focuses on the fluidity of the spine, articulation, and core body strengthening and then builds up to challenging, creative and invigorating phrase work. Students experience a personalized postmodern movement vocabulary full of intricate gestures and fearless floor work.
Connie Shiau grew up in Tainan, Taiwan. She was accepted into the dance conservatory at SUNY Purchase college in 2008, after training at the high school program at Taipei National University of the Arts. She has had the privilege to work with Gallim Dance, Kevin Wynn Collective and Adam Burrach Dance. Shiau is a recipient of the 2014 Reverb Dance Festival Best Dancer Award. She was also given the title of Honorable Mention for the 2014 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Dancer. Shiau joined Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion in May, 2013 and has assisted Kyle Abraham in setting new repertory work on Princeton University and Point Park University.
The mission of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. A.I.M. is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.
Photo Credit: Carrie Schneider