The choreographer Kyle Abraham is a Misty Copeland fan. One of his favorite fan memories is of a Prince concert where Ms. Copeland appeared as a surprise guest artist. This was before she was a superstar — before 2015, when she made the cover of Time magazine and became the first black woman promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater. So maybe not everyone in the audience knew who she was. But Mr. Abraham did. “I started screaming,” he recently recalled. “You would have thought I was 12 years old.” Unlike most Misty Copeland fans, though, Mr. Abraham, 42, gets to work with her. In 2012, he invited her to be a guest with his contemporary dance company, A.I.M. (Then it was called Abraham.In.Motion.) Busy schedules didn’t align that time, but he got another chance this year, when New York City Center commissioned him to make a solo for Ms. Copeland, 37. It premieres Tuesday (and repeats Wednesday) on the first of five programs in the theater’s popular, bargain-priced Fall for Dance festival. Those programs are sold out, as is the opening night of A.I.M’s week at the Joyce Theater (Oct. 15-20), when Ms. Copeland will reprise the solo,… Read full this story
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