Dancer brings show to Selma High School

Published 11:39 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion gave the audience a performance to remember Tuesday night at Selma High School.

The company performed pieces that reflected on the Emancipation Proclamation and the abolishment of Apartheid in South Africa, relating them to 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

“Just the opportunity to see the fluid movement of those dancers, they’re just amazing,” said Martha Lockett, ArtsRevive executive director. “I hope the folks that were here take away the pure joy that art can give you.”

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Lockett said she is excited to have had such a talented group of dancers in Selma.

“We’re thrilled to try to be able to make that available here,” Lockett said. “We’re real pleased that the opportunity presented itself.”

After the performance, the audience was able to ask Abraham and his dancers questions about the performance and what it means to them. They also held a community forum to get the community talking about the problems in Selma and the ways to overcome them.

“I hope [the members of the audience] leave with a sense that we are a community, and we solve our problems first by learning to talk to each other,” Lockett said.

Abraham said he was excited to have the opportunity to come to Selma, and especially have the chance to walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge and feel the history beneath him.

“It’s been a lot of mixed emotions being here in Selma and presenting the work,” Abraham said. “It was a work that was created and conceived several years ago.”

In coming to Selma, Abraham said he hopes he can get a conversation started.

“I hope that people that come here are engaging in conversation. I hope that the conversation has blossomed, and I hope it opens up new ways to dive into conversation so it’s not the same talk.”

Lockett agreed and said she also hopes people get involved in talking and working together to solve community issues.

“We’re so pleased with the community members who came out to see this,” Lockett said. “And hopefully the next time something like this comes to Selma, more people will take the opportunity to see it.”