Ces noms que nous portons

  • Choreographer: Kyle Abraham
  • Music: Gnossienne No. 3 by Erik Satie
  • World Premiere: Film Co-Produced by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, July 23, 2020
  • PBT Performance Date: June 20, 2021 at Pittsburgh's Juneteenth celebration

Program Notes

Ces noms que nous portons was originally made possible, in part, by Jody and John Arnhold and the Arnhold Dance Innovation Fund

Ces noms que nous portons, a solo choreographed by Kyle Abraham for New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley, was originally created for film and co-produced by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The film was shot on June 30, 2020 on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center as it was lit in celebration of Pride, and premiered on July 23, 2020.

At the time of the film’s premiere Abraham and Stanley shared the following message:
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.

Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley