The Watershed

Sep 23 Opening-night benefit: Following the show, join us for a post show reception with the cast and collaborators. Click here to buy>

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. 

Fri Sept 26 at 6:30pm Come Early Video Screening and Talk: Visual Artist and Videographer Carrie Schneider discusses her dance on camera collaboration with Kyle Abraham/AIM  

Fri Oct 3 Stay Late Discussion: Aesthetics of Jazz and the Performance of Protest, moderated by Carrie Mae Weems.

Sat, Sep 20, 1 – 4pm Shared Practice: Process-focused workshop with Kyle Abraham. $20, advance purchase recommended

The Watershed and When the Wolves Came In are commissioned and produced by New York Live Arts through its Resident Commissioned Artist Program, with lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Support for the presentation at New York Live Arts is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Watershed and When the Wolves Came In is supported, in part, by 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. The works were developed, in part, through a production residency at On the Boards with support from the National Dance Project, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.