Stanford, CA, November 16, 2021—Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth, a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor by choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer, composer, and EDM artist Jlin, will receive its North American premiere at Stanford Live on December 4, 2021. Requiem is one of several major dance commissions this season that includes Dimitris Papaioannou’s Transverse Orientation that will have its North American premiere in May 2022. Stanford Live will also host Abraham and his company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham for a week-long residency leading up to the premiere.
In collaboration with costume designer Giles Deacon, lighting and set designer Dan Scully, and ten dancers from A.I.M, Abraham and Jlin transform one of Mozart’s most mysterious compositions into an electronic opus that memorializes ritual, mourning, and rebirth.
The concept for Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth emerged from a period of personal grief for Abraham and his deep engagement with death and the afterlife that resulted. In 2018, the concept took shape in the dance studio as a new work exploring death, folklore, and reincarnation. Though the new production was postponed due to the pandemic, it premieres amid a cultural moment of grief that speaks to the same probing questions of the afterlife influencing the early idea of Abraham’s Requiem.
In his fluid choreographic language, Abraham draws from the repertoire of classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and street dance while Jlin––performing live from an orchestra pit––takes Mozart’s classic requiem and turns it into an electronic dance piece, building her sound on a style of house dance and street dance that originated in Chicago in the 1990s. The fusion of choreography styles and music pushes Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth into something both contemporary and mythical.
Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth
A new work by Kyle Abraham and Jlin | A.I.M
Saturday, Dec 4, 7:30 pm
Tickets start at $32
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