The Watershed

THE WATERSHED, an evening-length work for nine dancers, is a commanding and provocative cross-cultural exploration of freedom. Featuring Abraham’s signature style of mellifluous fluidity juxtaposed with sharp accents,THE WATERSHED follows the universal aspiration toward freedom and simultaneously references the emancipation following the Civil War, the political tumult of 1960s and the civil rights challenges of our present day. The work features arresting scenic design by world-renowned visual artist Glenn Ligon and a score ranging from a contemporary cello suite to the soulful sounds of Otis Redding.

AIM-Headshots_TOP8-465 MATTHEW BAKER (Dancer and Rehearsal Director) hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he began his movement exploration as a gymnast and soccer player. He attended Western Michigan University where he received his BFA in dance. In 2014 Baker was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater. After graduation he made his way to New York City. He has been creating and performing with Keigwin + Company, under the artistic direction of Larry Keigwin since 2009 and with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion since 2012.
AIM-Headshots-0028-WINSTON_final WINSTON DYNAMITE BROWN (Dancer), a native of Kansas City, Missouri, started dancing at Smith Sisters Dance Studio. He continued his training at the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he received his BFA, and The Center Dance under the mentorship of Tyrone Aiken. Brown has participated in numerous intensive programs - Kansas City Ballet, Alonzo King’s pre-professional program, Ailey summer intensive as three time fellowship recipient and the Ballet and Modern programs at Jacobs Pillow as the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award. Brown has worked with the Wylliams/ Henry Danse Theatre, Deeply Rooted Productions, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Metropolitan Opera House, TU Dance, CorbinDances, IMDT (irish modern dance theater), Ben Munisteri dance projects , Taylor 2 & most recently Dance Heginbotham, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Pilobolus, Sean Curran Co., Opera Theater St. Louis and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Morion. Brown is excited to be back in New York as a freelance artist. “nothing to prove, only to share”
Tamisha_9494 TAMISHA GUY (Dancer), a native of Trinidad and Tobago, began her formal dance training at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance under the direction of Eliot Feld. Later she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and SUNY Purchase College as a double major in dance and arts management. Guy has completed summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal and Nathan Trice. She has performed works by William Forsythe, Pam Tanowitz, Loni Landon, Mark Morris and Martha Graham etc. Guy graduated with honors in 2013 from SUNY Purchase College. She is currently dancing for the Martha Graham Dance Company and Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.in.Motion.
AIM_CatherineKirk_Headshot01 CATHERINE ELLIS KIRK (Dancer) was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She studied dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She also holds a yoga certification through Mind Body DancerTM Teacher Training, directed by TaraMarie Perri. Catherine has completed summer programs with Movement Invention Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv, and Springboard Danse Montreal, and has had the opportunity to perform works by Fernando Melo, Ohad Naharin, Peter Chu, Andrea Miller, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley, and Helen Simoneau.She has had the pleasure of working with Danaka Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York, and is currently dancing for Chihiro Shimizu and Artists, UNA Projects, and Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion.
jordan JORDAN MORLEY (Dancer) is a skinny man with a wide imagination. He creates physical performance through dance, video and puppetry. His work has been shown at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York; STUFFED at Judson Church/Bailout Theater, New York; Dixon Place, New York; and Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn. He has danced for/in the Original cast of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Phantom Limb, Christopher Williams, Ron De Jesus, Wanda Gala, and Mira Kingsley. Currently he dances for Jessica Mitrani, Amber Sloan and Keely Garfield. Morley joined Abraham.In.Motion in 2013.
AIM-Headshots-9965-PENDA_final PENDA N’DIAYE (Dancer), a native of Denver, Colorado, began her dance training at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and later became an apprentice with the company. N’diaye continued her studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance in 2010. There, she worked with Solomons Jr., Robert Battle, Doug Varone, Ron K. Brown and Kyle Abraham among others. N’diaye has studied at the Alvin Ailey School, Deeply Rooted Productions, Springboard Danse Montreal and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Salzburg, Austria. N’diaye apprenticed with David Dorfman Dance and later joined DanceIquail! and Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. This is N’diaye’s first season with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion.
AIM-Headshots_TOP8-701 JEREMY “JAE” NEAL (Dancer) was born and raised in Michigan and received his training from Western Michigan University. There, he performed in professional works such as Strict Love by Doug Varone, Temporal Trance by Frank Chavez and Harrison McEldowney’s Dance Sport. Since relocating to New York Jeremy has had the privilege of working with SYREN Modern Dance, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Catapult Entertainment, Katherine Helen Fisher Dance, Nathan Trice and now Abraham.In.Motion. Neal would like to thank his family and friends for their consistent encouragement and support.
Connie-9586 CONNIE SHIAU (Dancer) 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.
GLENN LIGON (Set Design) lives and works in New York. Ligon received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1982 and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1985. His text-based, conceptual works have been featured in solo shows at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Power Plant, Toronto. A major retrospective of his work, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2011 and travelled nationally.
KAREN YOUNG’s (Costume Design) costumes for dance, performance and contemporary art have been seen in theaters and museums internationally. Recent projects include Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, Third Rail Projects highly acclaimed immersive show Then She Fell, and teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design. Design work for dance includes: the Martha Graham Dance Company, Brian Brooks, Armitage Gone! Dance, American Ballet Theater, Morphoses, Dusan Tynek, Pam Tanowitz and Keigwin & Company, among many others. Design for video art includes: David Michalek’s Slow Dancing, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 5 and Cremaster 1, Toni Dove’s Lucid Possession, and Eve Sussman’s 89 Seconds at Alcazar. karenyoungcostume.com
DAN SCULLY (Lighting Design) is a New York based lighting and projection designer, and has been designing for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion for over ten years, including the full-length evening works Pavement, Live! The Realest M.C., and the Bessie Award winning The Radio Show. Recent work includes Rocky (Broadway), Jedermann (Salzburger Festspeile), The Orchestra Rocks! (Carnegie Hall), and Another Night (Alvin Ailey). Regional: Trinity Rep., GEVA, Asolo Rep., Cleveland Playhouse, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Two River Theater Company. MFA-NYU/Tisch.
SAM CRAWFORD (Sound Design) completed degrees in English and Audio Technology at Indiana University in 2003. A move to New York City led him to Looking Glass Studios where he worked on film projects with Philip Glass and Björk. His recent sound designs and compositions have included works for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Venice Biennale, 2010), Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (Pavement, 2012), and David Dorfman Dance (Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 2012). He currently holds positions as both Sound Supervisor for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Music Director for David Dorfman Dance. He also plays lap steel and banjo in various groups, including Bowery Boy Blue (Brooklyn) and Corpus Christi (Rome).
Kyle featured in Out Magazine

When the Wolves Came In

WHEN THE WOLVES CAME IN, a stand-alone repertory-based program, explores the historical legacy of two totemic triumphs in the international history of civil rights: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th anniversary of the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. The works take their inspiration from Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, which celebrated the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and shed a powerful light on the growing civil rights movements in South Africa and the U.S. The potent themes inherent in these historical milestones are evident in Abraham’s choreography, evocative scenery by visual artist Glenn Ligon, the visceral power of Roach’s masterwork and original compositions of Grammy® Award-winning jazz musician Robert Glasper.

AIM-Headshots_TOP8-465 MATTHEW BAKER (Dancer and Rehearsal Director) hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he began his movement exploration as a gymnast and soccer player. He attended Western Michigan University where he received his BFA in dance. In 2014 Baker was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater. After graduation he made his way to New York City. He has been creating and performing with Keigwin + Company, under the artistic direction of Larry Keigwin since 2009 and with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion since 2012.
AIM-Headshots-0028-WINSTON_final WINSTON DYNAMITE BROWN (Dancer), a native of Kansas City, Missouri, started dancing at Smith Sisters Dance Studio. He continued his training at the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he received his BFA, and The Center Dance under the mentorship of Tyrone Aiken. Brown has participated in numerous intensive programs - Kansas City Ballet, Alonzo King’s pre-professional program, Ailey summer intensive as three time fellowship recipient and the Ballet and Modern programs at Jacobs Pillow as the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award. Brown has worked with the Wylliams/ Henry Danse Theatre, Deeply Rooted Productions, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Metropolitan Opera House, TU Dance, CorbinDances, IMDT (irish modern dance theater), Ben Munisteri dance projects , Taylor 2 & most recently Dance Heginbotham, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Pilobolus, Sean Curran Co., Opera Theater St. Louis and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Morion. Brown is excited to be back in New York as a freelance artist. “nothing to prove, only to share”
Tamisha_9494 TAMISHA GUY (Dancer), a native of Trinidad and Tobago, began her formal dance training at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance under the direction of Eliot Feld. Later she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and SUNY Purchase College as a double major in dance and arts management. Guy has completed summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal and Nathan Trice. She has performed works by William Forsythe, Pam Tanowitz, Loni Landon, Mark Morris and Martha Graham etc. Guy graduated with honors in 2013 from SUNY Purchase College. She is currently dancing for the Martha Graham Dance Company and Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.in.Motion.
AIM_CatherineKirk_Headshot01 CATHERINE ELLIS KIRK (Dancer) was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She studied dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She also holds a yoga certification through Mind Body DancerTM Teacher Training, directed by TaraMarie Perri. Catherine has completed summer programs with Movement Invention Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv, and Springboard Danse Montreal, and has had the opportunity to perform works by Fernando Melo, Ohad Naharin, Peter Chu, Andrea Miller, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley, and Helen Simoneau.She has had the pleasure of working with Danaka Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York, and is currently dancing for Chihiro Shimizu and Artists, UNA Projects, and Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion.
jordan JORDAN MORLEY (Dancer) is a skinny man with a wide imagination. He creates physical performance through dance, video and puppetry. His work has been shown at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York; STUFFED at Judson Church/Bailout Theater, New York; Dixon Place, New York; and Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn. He has danced for/in the Original cast of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Phantom Limb, Christopher Williams, Ron De Jesus, Wanda Gala, and Mira Kingsley. Currently he dances for Jessica Mitrani, Amber Sloan and Keely Garfield. Morley joined Abraham.In.Motion in 2013.
AIM-Headshots-9965-PENDA_final PENDA N’DIAYE (Dancer), a native of Denver, Colorado, began her dance training at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and later became an apprentice with the company. N’diaye continued her studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance in 2010. There, she worked with Solomons Jr., Robert Battle, Doug Varone, Ron K. Brown and Kyle Abraham among others. N’diaye has studied at the Alvin Ailey School, Deeply Rooted Productions, Springboard Danse Montreal and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Salzburg, Austria. N’diaye apprenticed with David Dorfman Dance and later joined DanceIquail! and Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. This is N’diaye’s first season with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion.
AIM-Headshots_TOP8-701 JEREMY “JAE” NEAL (Dancer) was born and raised in Michigan and received his training from Western Michigan University. There, he performed in professional works such as Strict Love by Doug Varone, Temporal Trance by Frank Chavez and Harrison McEldowney’s Dance Sport. Since relocating to New York Jeremy has had the privilege of working with SYREN Modern Dance, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Catapult Entertainment, Katherine Helen Fisher Dance, Nathan Trice and now Abraham.In.Motion. Neal would like to thank his family and friends for their consistent encouragement and support.
Connie-9586 CONNIE SHIAU (Dancer) 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.
GLENN LIGON (Set Design) lives and works in New York. Ligon received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1982 and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1985. His text-based, conceptual works have been featured in solo shows at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Power Plant, Toronto. A major retrospective of his work, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2011 and travelled nationally.
KAREN YOUNG’s (Costume Design) costumes for dance, performance and contemporary art have been seen in theaters and museums internationally. Recent projects include Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, Third Rail Projects highly acclaimed immersive show Then She Fell, and teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design. Design work for dance includes: the Martha Graham Dance Company, Brian Brooks, Armitage Gone! Dance, American Ballet Theater, Morphoses, Dusan Tynek, Pam Tanowitz and Keigwin & Company, among many others. Design for video art includes: David Michalek’s Slow Dancing, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 5 and Cremaster 1, Toni Dove’s Lucid Possession, and Eve Sussman’s 89 Seconds at Alcazar. karenyoungcostume.com
REID BARTELME (Costume Design) began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has also performed in works by Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Burr Johnson, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams and Kyle Abraham. He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer. Bartelme has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Jillian Peña, Jack Ferver and Liz Santoro. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Justin Peck,Marcelo Gomes, Andrea Miller and Kyle Abraham.
DAN SCULLY (Lighting Design) is a New York based lighting and projection designer, and has been designing for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion for over ten years, including the full-length evening works Pavement, Live! The Realest M.C., and the Bessie Award winning The Radio Show. Recent work includes Rocky (Broadway), Jedermann (Salzburger Festspeile), The Orchestra Rocks! (Carnegie Hall), and Another Night (Alvin Ailey). Regional: Trinity Rep., GEVA, Asolo Rep., Cleveland Playhouse, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Two River Theater Company. MFA-NYU/Tisch.
ROBERT GLASPER (Composer) grew up in Houston, Texas, playing piano in church at the age of 12 to accompany his mother who was a gospel, jazz and R&B singer. He went on to sharpen his prodigal chops at the Houston High School for the Performing Arts and New School University in NYC, allowing his developing affinity for pop, hip-hop and rock to inform his musical sensibilities. Glasper has released two acclaimed acoustic jazz trio albums on Blue Note Records before he captured his unique duality with 2009’s Double-Booked, which juxtaposed his acoustic trio and hip hop-infused Experiment band. RGX’s 2012 breakout Black Radio, won Best R&B Album at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards. RGX upped the ante with Black Radio 2 (2013).