Choreographer Kyle Abraham and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley join forces for a powerful new collaboration. Created at the close of a Pride Month unlike any other, Ces noms que nous portons (These names we carry) is a collaboration between queer artists of color, and the work celebrates those identities while honoring their history.
Filmed at the Lincoln Center fountain amidst the Pride light installation, this riveting new solo is choreographed by Abraham and movingly rendered by Stanley. At once evocative and tender, this beautiful site-specific performance is not to be missed.
Co-Produced by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
A message from Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley
When we first worked together on “The Runaway“ for NYCB in 2018, an instant bond was created. There was a synergy of shared experiences and shared narratives. And although our pathways and audiences may differ, we share a united sense of a weighted experience that holds our history and our art form alike. This collaboration aims to celebrate our queerness and our color in a way that hopefully stresses its importance, its fragility, and its strength. We dance, and create dances for those who have yet to see themselves on a stage. We dance, and create dances for our community and beyond.
We dance, and create dances to nourish our souls. We make dances to reflect, to ask, to heal. We want to honor the lives of those who we have lost due to the color of their skin or their identity. May they remain close to our hearts and at the forefront of our actions as we continue to create, reflect, and dance. For the both of us, we commemorate our history….in PRIDE.
Love, Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley
Choreographed by Kyle Abraham
Performed by Taylor Stanley
Director of Photography Zach Stoltzfus
Edited by Courtney Garboski
Gnossienne No. 3 by Erik Satie
Performed by Alessandro Simonetto
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
Thanks to Our Supporters
Jody and John Arnhold
Arnhold Dance Innovation Fund
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Tamer Initiative for Diversity in the Arts
Audrey and Martin Gruss Discovery Fund