Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:30pm

“It’s smart and self-aware, and luscious too: the complete package.”
- The New York Times

All Photos by Carrie Schneider

John Singleton’s film, Boyz N The Hood had a profound effect on 14 year-old Kyle Abraham.  Now, reimagined as a dance work and set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods (Homewood and the Hill District), Pavement aims to create a strong emotional chronology of a culture conflicted and a history plagued by discrimination, and a constant quest for a lottery ticket weighted in freedom.  As two rivaling neighborhoods, their histories run parallel. Both experienced a cultural shift in the 1950s when jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington performed at local theaters. Over half a century later, those same theaters are now dilapidated, and the streets that once flourished on family run businesses and a booming jazz scene, now show the sad effects of gang violence and crack cocaine.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s work intertwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation.


To purchase tickets to see Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Pavement at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, follow our purchase tickets link to the right. Single tickets for this performance will go on sale September 9, 2014.

  • Advance Sales/Day of Show General: $30/$35
  • Advance Sales/Day of Show Discount: $25/$30
  • Advance Sales/Day of Show Children 17 & under & UHH/HCC Students: $15/$20

This project received support from the Hawaii Station Foundation on Culture and the Arts; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.