Whisper, listen, whisper, listen. Whispers say we’re free.
Rumors flyin’, must be lyin’. Can it really be?
Can’t conceive it, can’t believe it. But that’s what they say.
Slave no longer, slave no longer, this is Freedom Day.
These lyrics come from “Freedom Day,” a track from Max Roach’s 1960 album We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite and a major influence on choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, who premiered his new work “The Watershed” at New York Live Arts last week, part of the culmination of his tenure as that theater’s Resident Commissioned Artist. In a director’s note, Abraham references Max Roach’s response when asked about “Freedom Day”: “Freedom itself was so hard to grasp … we don’t really understand what it is to be free.”