Two powerful hip-hop infused performance pieces grapple with history, masculinity, and shifting identities. Inspired by letters that Marc Bamuthi Joseph penned to his unborn child, Word Becomes Flesh is a fluid choreopoem for five performers that uses spoken word, dance, and live music to document a young single father's perspective on pregnancy, critically, lyrically, and choreographically examining race, male privilege, and the fraught concept of fatherhood.
In Pavement, Abraham.In.Motion re-imagines Boyz n the Hood as a dance work set in Pittsburgh's historically black neighborhoods. The piece pays comedic homage to hip-hop's backward jeans and high-top fade era, while depicting the chronology of a culture burdened by discrimination, violence, and genocide, where a lottery ticket holds the only hope for a way out.
Kyle Abraham / Abraham.in.Motion: Pavement
The Living Word Project: Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh
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