April 28-May 1. MCA. 200 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago.
"When the Wolves Came In" references two triumphs in the history of civil rights and raises questions about how much progress we have actually made toward racial equality. In developing the project, Abraham took inspiration from jazz composer/drummer Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album "We Insist! Freedom Now Suite," which celebrated the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and shed light on the growing civil rights movements in South Africa and the United States.
In this powerful program, we meet tough questions about race and social progress in a field of complex beauty. Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham (Abraham.In.Motion) returns to the MCA, pairing his fluid choreography with the evocative design of acclaimed visual artist Glenn Ligon as well as the music of contemporary classical composer Nico Muhlyand Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper.