March 31, 2012. 8:00 p.m.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) presents The Radio Show by acclaimed contemporary dance choreographer Kyle Abraham and performed by his company Abraham.In.Motion.
Kyle Abraham delves into identity and personal history in The Radio Show. Creating an abstract narrative around the loss of communication, he investigates the effects of the abrupt discontinuation of a radio station on a community and the lingering effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and aphasia on a family. Abraham mixes recordings of classical soul and hip-hop with contemporary classical compositions by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto to create an eclectic score that evokes fond memories and a passion for what is lost.
The Radio Show is broken up into various shorter works that blend Abraham’s fondest memories of driving with his family and listening to Pittsburgh’s radio stations Hot 106.7 FM WAMO and its sister station AM 860. In 2009, WAMO, the only urban radio station in Pittsburgh, went off-air. Black stations had been covering the turmoil surrounding the death of a teenage boy, which caused Abraham to think about how the community would have a voice without these urban stations.
“Radio was so prevalent during times of strife in the past. Where is its place today? Is radio fading away? Are we still listening?” said Abraham. In The Radio Show Abraham reinterpreted these questions into the context of his father’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease ten years ago and his father’s more recent aphasia-afflicted conditions. These losses of a voice find a common thread thematically in the work.
Tickets are $25, $15, $10. $5 tickets are available on www.cultureshockmiami.com for students ages 13-22. A discount of $5 off orchestra level seats for students, seniors and active military service members is also available. For ticket information the public should call 786.573.5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189