King by Kyle Marshall (USA)
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Performed and Choreographed by Kyle Marshall, King uses Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop as a soundscore. The speech encompassed the Memphis Sanitation Strike, economic inequality, black power and prophesied his death the following day. The solo considers the effort and willing struggle of one body to create a better future. King was commissioned by Harlem Stage in April 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination.
Choreographer and dancer Kyle Marshall is a 2018 Juried Bessie Award winner and a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellow. His company, Kyle Marshall Choreography has performed at venues including: BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub at the Public, Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, and NYC Summerstage. Commissions have included: "Dance on the Lawn" Montclair's Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. He has been a recipient of residencies from the 92nd st Y, MANA Contemporary, CPR and Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Kyle graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance.