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.
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.