Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion — Pavement

17 & 18 Nov

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

SADLER’S WELLS DEBUT 

Dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham combines contemporary and ballet dance forms with social-dance vernacular in his trademark, interdisciplinary style, which he refers to as "post-modern gumbo". He has created work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan, as well as for his own company Abraham.In.Motion, who are now performing at Sadler’s Wells for the first time.

Inspired by the 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood, the writings of American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and Abraham’s own childhood, Pavement takes seven dancers through a culture plagued by discrimination and genocide in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighbourhoods, set to an eclectic mix of Bach, Benjamin Britten, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway, as well as audio clips from the John Singleton film.

"It sits in your throat, burning. And it stays with you"
WASHINGTON POST

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R