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Monday, October 31, 2016

In Context: Pavement

Renowned dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham makes his BAM debut with a work inspired by, among other things, the 1991 hip-hop classic Boyz N the Hood, W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, and Abraham’s childhood growing up in the Pittsburgh Hill District. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #KyleAbraham.

Program Notes

Pavement (PDF)


The Souls of Black Folk (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
The full text of W.E.B DuBois’ seminal 1903 masterwork, cited by Abraham as a major inspiration for Pavement

How Boyz n the Hood Beat the Odds to Get Made—and Why It Matters Today (Vanity Fair)
Vanity Fair talks with director John Singleton, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., and more about the making of the groundbreaking film Boyz n the Hood.

“Black Lives Have Always Mattered”: John Singleton on Boyz n the Hood at 25 (Filmmaker Magazine)
John Singleton talks about his masterpiece last July, on the occasion of the film’s 25th anniversary.


Kyle Abraham and Carrie Schneider Dance Response Project: Retrograde
Kyle Abraham’s signature movement style is front and center in this collaboration with filmmaker Carrie Schneider.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #KyleAbraham.


  1. Saw Pavement last night and the troupe and performance were FANTASTIC!! They were much better and the performance was much better than many, many of the dance troupes and performances that I've seen at the BAM Harvey or Opera House. Pavement should really have been performed at the Harvey. I arrived in a low mood and as soon as the performance began, everything lifted. I'd love to see them return to BAM again. Please.

  2. I loved Plexus. It was so energetic and beautiful and a great antidote to the election.

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