them to pay tribute to loss: loss of voice (his father’s physical loss of voice due to Alzheimer’s disease) and the loss of community voice (when Pittsburgh urban radio station WAMO went off the air). “It is inevitable that the work of any choreographer will come from a place where their journey began,” Abraham says. A reviewer of The Radio Show called the choreography “rippling, poetically arranged with moments of perfect stillness that arrive amid splashes of expression.” It’s an expression he hopes to pass on to gay youth. “Gay youth today are growing up in such a more open time,” Abraham says. “With TV shows like Glee and openly gay actors, like Neil Patrick Harris and TR Knight being so successful in mainstream media, I’m interested to see the influences on the next generation. There are still so many strides to be made, so I just hope that the next generation continues to recognize injustice and makes work with a purpose and with passion.” He dances what he knows. “I think it’s best to always show my best side — and I own my identity as a black gay man. My choreography is created through the lens of those labels and, hopefully, it defies the stereotypes therein.” See Kyle Abraham perform at PrideFest on Sunday, June 13. For more information, visit pittsburghpride.org and abrahaminmotion.org.
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