By Ellen Dunkel
The media have taken a hit in the past decade or so. Newspapers have closed, partly because so many people generally get their information online. CDs and books have suffered in the face of downloads. And TV and radio are more concerned than ever about ratings, advertisers, and shows that will appeal to the widest audience.
In Kyle Abraham’s dance The Radio Show for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, he addresses the loss of urban radio stations, and how they were an integral part of the African-American community. Friday night’s performance at the Annenberg Center, part of Live Arts/Fringe, was Abraham’s Philadelphia debut.
Abraham drew the audience in before the show even began, with a selection of songs by Al Green, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Dionne Warwick, and many others. Meanwhile, he walked through the audience, finding people to sit with for a brief chat.