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Balletic refrains, inspired by Boyz n the Hood.
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Wednesday November 02, 2016
Performances no longer available.
Nov 2—Nov 5, 2016

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion

Part of Tandem Paris-New York


A black man and a white man meet on a basketball court. The white man lowers the black man’s body gently to the ground, wraps him in a tender headlock, and places his hands behind his back. This devastating gesture becomes the grounding refrain of dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham’s Pavement, inspired by the 1991 hip-hop drama Boyz n the Hood, W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, and the historically black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Against a diverse sonic backdrop—clips of the film’s dialogue mixed with the music of Handel and Sam Cooke—Abraham’s dancers bound and rebound with hip-hop attack and balletic flow, while handshakes become fistfights and pas de deux and bodies stack up against each other and the ground.


Harlem Stage was the lead commissioner of Pavement through its WaterWorks program. WaterWorks is supported by Time Warner, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sold-out performance? Don’t despair. Standby tickets may become available and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office just before the start of the show. For updates on availability, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 and follow @BAM_Brooklyn on Twitter.  
Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by:
The Harkness Foundation for Dance
“...a work of great subtlety and beauty...Pavement is a hard, unforgiving thing, but for some people it’s also home. ”
— The New Yorker
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