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Only the Shadow Knows (Honey) / Riot

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Jason Moran and Kyle Abraham

This piece aims to highlight the pace at which abolition occurs. It lasts longer than a moment, more than a lifetime, spanning generations of seekers. The choreographer Kyle Abraham puts the moving body in front of  us, because it is the most important part of actualizing our vision of abolition. The body changes shape, struggling to set a tempo for a “movement.” Frederick Douglass does this by also frequently posing in front of a camera. These images become chapters. By documenting his existence, he becomes the most photographed man of his time, verifying his body and mind. The dance verifies the body in the moment, responding to the sound. When we feel we are static, much energy is stirring for the next gesture, to give the smoke a shadow.  

Pianist/Composer: Jason Moran
Choreographer: Kyle Abraham
Dancer: Claude “CJ” Johnson

Camera: Ashli Bickford
Additional Film Editing: Dan Scully

Filmed at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Archival Footage of Newark Riots of 1967

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