What’s hot in contemporary dance, you ask? The answer is easy: Kyle Abraham, whose company Abraham.In.Motion is the talk of the town! Abraham and his dancers will inaugurate a new program of dance presentations in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center with a performance of Pavement. Based on John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz N the Hood and the writings of W.E.B.DuBois, Pavement uses dance to probe violence, paying comedic homage to the backward jeans and high top fade era in Hip-Hop while reflecting on the growth and loss of Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. Abraham’s choreography is mesmerizing and articulate in an unclassifiable way, and his promise among today’s emerging choreographers has not gone unnoticed: he’s one of the recipients of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (the so-called “genius grants”), the only choreographer so honored.

Performances will take place on Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Program in Dance and McCarter Theatre Center. Tickets are available through the McCarter box office by calling 609.258.2787 or at mccarter.org.

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Kyle Abraham, professional dancer and choreographer, began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show along with a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, a BUILD grant and an individual artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and 2009 was honored as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch. Abraham was heralded by OUT Magazine as one of the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center, Montreal, Germany, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan and The Andy Warhol Museum in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As a performer, Abraham has worked with acclaimed modern dance companies including David Dorfman Dance, Burnt Sugar Dance Conduction Continuum, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Dance Alloy, The Kevin Wynn Collection and Attack Theatre. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States.

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Tue Oct 21, 2014 · 7:30 pm

Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center

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