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MK Abadoo co-leads the iCubed Racial Equity, Arts and Culture core (Image courtesy of

MKArts, the dance company founded by MK Abadoo, started working in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, this month as the piece titled “Hoptown” begins to take shape. Dancers offered background on the piece and involved attendees in preview performances of the piece during the week of March 13th, 2022 at the Hopkinsville Community College auditorium.

The residency was the first of several visits to Hopkinsville planned over the next year in preparation for the premiere of the piece on May 20, 2023.

As described by Abadoo, “Hoptown” is an immersive dance performance that envelops witnesses in the sistering methodologies of black girls and women thriving each other over generations. It is inspired by the near parallel lives of two women from Abadoo’s ancestral hometown of Hopkinsville “Hoptown,” Kentucky: her mother, Regina Bowden, and Black feminist writer, bell hooks.

Read more information on the Hopkinsville residency as reported in the Hoptown Chronicle.

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