5 dancers leap through the air in an industrial setting.

Kyle Marshall Choreography


Program: Onyx, Alice
Running Time: 62 minutes, no intermission
Kyle Marshall Choreography Website

At their ADF debut, Kyle Marshall Choreography is presenting ADF-commissioned Onyx and Alice. Onyx digs into the origins of rock and roll revealing the Black and Brown people whose sounds, performances, and personalities created this revolutionary genre. Through the setting of improvisational scores, character embodiment, and flowing phrase work, Onyx reflects on the fame, influence, appropriation, and erasure that riddles the legacy of so many Black and Brown artists. Through this embodiment of history, Onyx serves to recognize and celebrate these groundbreaking musicians while widening our perspective of the Black American cultural experience. Performed by Bree Breeden, Alice depicts a spiritual journey to love and self-acceptance guided by the transcendent music of Alice Coltrane. This solo is dedicated to all who are on the verge of transformation. It is in darkness that we see the light.

“A choreographic voice like no one else’s.” – The New York Times

Thursday, July 6 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Friday, July 7 at 7:30pm

Photo Credit: Grace Landefeld

Parking: Parking is available for free in the Campus Drive Lot, located near the intersection of Campus Dr & Anderson St.

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Onyx (world premiere April 2023, Virginia Commonwealth University) is co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Creative Residencies Program made possible by the Mellon Foundation and American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works. Additional support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ArtsCONNECT Grant. Initial research was supported by a 2021 Caroline A. Hearst Choreography Fellowship from Princeton University. Gratitude goes to the Monira Foundation at MANA Contemporary and The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU for generous residency time to build the work.