Does success begat success? It sure feels that way for A.I.M (founded as Abraham.In.Motion). Under the artistic direction of Kyle Abraham, the company reaches backward and forward and around itself to suggest that success is a magnet. During its one-week residency at The Joyce Theater, A.I.M adds choreographers beyond Abraham to the lineup while showing three works, two of which are premieres.
The success starts at the top, with Abraham, whose pile of laurels includes a Bessie, a Princess Grace Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship — among others. He’s also a professor at UCLA and, this fall, will head uptown to make a piece for New York City Ballet. He doesn’t seem content to rest on these laurels, though. Instead, he and his sharp, eager dancers/collaborators have found new ground to break.
To call Abraham’s rippling style . . .
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Claude CJ Johnson, Tamisha Guy and Jeremy Jae Neal of A.I.M. performing "Drive" by Kyle Abraham. Photo © Ian Douglas