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Alabama Dance Festival Schedule

January 6    January 9    January 10    January 13    January 16    January 17    January 18

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 9 - 18 features a variety of performances, classes, workshops, and other events for dance enthusiasts of all ages.  Click the date links above to browse the calendar of events and find out what is happening each day. Links to purchase tickets or register for classes are provided below for those events, and several events are free! The guest company, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion will conduct residency activities and performances in three pivotal communities in the civil rights movement - Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham - to stimulate community conversations about the civil rights movement through Kyle's all-new collection of dance works, When the Wolves Came In. Events in Montgomery and Selma are included in the schedule below.


Tuesday, January 6

Kyle Abraham
Lecture Demonstration
Followed by a Community Forum moderated by Maritza Mosquera
6:00 pm, Lelia M. Barlow Theater, Tullibody Performing Arts Center
Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
Free Admission

Kyle Abraham talks about his newest work, When the Wolves Came In, interspersed with live demonstrations and video of selected excerpts. This collection of works 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. Immediately after the lecture demonstrations, everyone can take part in a powerful yet relaxed conversation about the many issues brought up by the work. Facilitated by Maritza Mosquera, participants will explore our present concerns, joys, and visions for self and community through flexible instigations, direct questions and sharing of personal stories.

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Friday, January 9

We Are Like Rivers, We Are Rivers: Movement, Action and Art Through Metaphor and Simile
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, Children’s Dance Foundation

"We Are Like Rivers, We Are Rivers" is s FREE one-day workshop for classroom teachers and teaching artists on movement-based arts integration, presented in partnership with the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

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Saturday, January 10

Dance Across Birmingham
9:00 am – 4:15 pm, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, North Meeting Rooms

A day of FREE community dance classes in a variety of styles – hip hop, African dance, bellydance, Salsa, dance fitness, praise dance and more! Reserve your place in class by registering online by Thursday, January 8, 11:59 pm! On-site registration opens on January 10, 9:00 am in the lobby of the North Meeting Rooms.

Birmingham Dance Showcase
12:30 pm, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Mainstage Theatre

A FREE performance featuring a variety of Birmingham dance companies presented as a part of Dance Across Birmingham.

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Tuesday, January 13

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
When the Wolves Came In
Followed by a Community Forum moderated by Maritza Mosquera
6:00 pm, Selma High School Auditorium
Selma, AL

 

Arts Revive and the Selma City Schools present Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion in Kyle Abraham's newest work, When the Wolves Came In. This collection of several new works explore 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. Immediately after the performance, everyone, including choreographer, cast and collaborators, can take part in a powerful yet relaxed conversation about the many issues brought up by the work. Facilitated by Maritza Mosquera, participants will explore our present concerns, joys, and visions for self and community through flexible instigations, direct questions and sharing of personal stories. Buy tickets!

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Friday, January 16

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion School Performance
10:00-11:00 am, Samford University Wright Center, Free Admission

Inspire your students for Black History month with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion! A.I.M’s Lecture Demonstrations are hands on, active, informative and most of all fun. Company members demonstrate the explorative creative process of Kyle Abraham’s current repertory by sharing intricacies and foundation of his movement vocabulary and it’s end result. The program will feature excerpts from Abraham’s newest work, When the Wolves Came In, which draws inspiration from jazz legend Max Roach’s seminal album, We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. Through movement, Abraham delves into questions of personal choice and collective rights in the struggle for freedom. Teachers are invited to attend the free workshop "We Are Like Rivers, We Are Rivers" on January 9 to learn practical tools that will prepare students for watching this performance. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Auditions
Scholarship Auditions: Summer Intensives & College Programs

3:00 - 7:00 pm, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Opportunities for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 11 through college. Class schedules and descriptions are available here or register now.

New Works Concert
8:00 pm, Samford University Wright Center

Enjoy an evening of exciting new works by regional choreographers selected through an adjudication process. Buy tickets!

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Saturday, January 17

Alabama Dance Festival Professional and Pre-Professional Master Classes

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, taught by a nationally renowned faculty at various locations in Birmingham. Previous dance training required. Class schedules and descriptions are available here or register now.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
When the Wolves Came In
Followed by a Community Forum moderated by Maritza Mosquera
7:00 pm, Samford University Wright Center

Samford University and the Alabama Dance Festival present Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion in Kyle Abraham's newest work, When the Wolves Came In. This collection of several new works explore 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. Immediately after the performance, everyone, including choreographer, cast and collaborators, can take part in a powerful yet relaxed conversation about the many issues brought up by the work. Facilitated by Maritza Mosquera, participants will explore our present concerns, joys, and visions for self and community through flexible instigations, direct questions and sharing of personal stories. Buy tickets!

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Sunday, January 18

 Alabama Dance Festival Professional and Pre-Professional Master Classes

9:00 am – 12:30 pm, taught by a nationally renowned faculty at various locations in Birmingham. Previous dance training required. Class schedules and descriptions are available here or register now.

  

Alabama Dance Showcase
2:30 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, Alabama School of Fine Arts

This performance features dance companies and ensembles selected from participants across the Southeast. Buy tickets!

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Kyle Abraham presents a lecture demonstration on January 6, 6:00 pm, at the Lelia M. Barlow Theater on the campus of Alabama State University in Montgomery, followed by a Community Forum.

The workshop "We Are Like Rivers, We Are RIvers" offers K-12 classroom teachers a free professional development opportunity on January 9, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Children's Dance Foundation.

Dance Across Birmingham offers free community classes for all ages on January 10 at the BJCC. 

The free Birmingham Dance Showcase on January 10, 12:30 pm at the BJCC Theatre, features a multicultural mix of local dance companies and artists.

 

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion performs at Selma High School on January 13, 6:00 pm, as a part of the city's 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma to Montgomery March.

 

 


Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion presents a free school performance on January 16, 10:00 am at Samford Unviversity Wright Center.

 

The New Works Concert on January 16, 8:00 pm at Samford University Wright Center, spotlights the work of choreographers across the South. 

Master classes for pre-professional and professional dancers are offered on January 17-18 at various locations.



When the Wolves Came In is a mixed repertory program that includes The Gettin', inspired from jazz legend Max Roach’s seminal album, We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Immediately after the performance, everyone is invited to take part in a powerful yet relaxed conversation about the many issues brought up by the work.


The Alabama Dance Festival Showcase is the final performance on January 18, 2:30 pm, at the Alabama School of Fine Arts' Dorothy Jemison Day Theater.