Live! The Realest MC

Inspired by Pinocchio’s plight to be a “real boy,” this new ensemble dance work investigates gender roles in the black community and the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop celebrity. Live! The Realest MC, an evolution of previous solo work, Inventing Pookie Jenkins, references our own humanity in this digital age, creating an abstracted emotional and humorously dark narrative that places the iconic childhood character in an industrial dystopia.

Choreographed by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Film by Carrie Schneider

Performers include:

Kyle Abraham
Rena Butler
Chlalvar Monteiro
Elyse Morris
Rachelle Rafailedes
Hsiao-Jou Tang
Maleek Malaki Washington

Lighting Design by Dan Scully

Costume Design by Kyle Abraham and Kristi Wood with additional costume support by Maribeth Maxa, Liz Prince and the staff of Perry Mansfield

Visual Artwork by Carrie Schneider


This project is supported by The MAP Fund, which is generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This work was created, in part, during a Creative Development Residency at the Bates Dance Festival and was created by Kyle Abraham to benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS, with generous support from Major Choreographic Sponsor Rockefeller Brothers Fund and from Choreographic Sponsors David DeMuro & Chris Longobucco.

This work was developed, in part, through a Danspace Project residency at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and through a 651 ARTS, Artist Development Initiative residency at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. Live! The Realest MC is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Miami Dade College in partnership with On The Boards, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, 651 ARTS and NPN. For more information:

Live! The Realest MC premiered at The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in November 2011

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