When

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 8:00pm

Tickets & Registration

Bleacher Seating | No Late Seating

$35 General Admission

$30 Season Subscribers

$25 CAC Members

CAC Members & Season Subscribers enjoy special early seating access beginning at 7pm!

 FREE popcorn for all patrons!

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Support

The Boettcher Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc.; South Arts
The Contemporary Arts Center is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

The Contemporary Arts Center is proud to present Pavement, the latest work from MacArthur “Genius Grant” and Bessie Award winning Choreographer Kyle Abraham, transforming the CAC Warehouse into the abstract metaphor of a basketball court suspended in time and place as the setting for Abraham’s choreographic exploration of an entirely different brand of human sport. 

Artist Statement

In 1991, I was fourteen and entering the ninth grade at Schenley High School in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. That same year, John Singleton’s film, Boyz N The Hood was released. For me, the film depicted an idealize “Gangsta Boheme” laying aim to the state of the Black American male at the end of the 20th century. Twenty years later and more than ten years into the 21st century, I am focused on investigating the state of Black America and a history therein.

Reimagined as a dance work and now set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods, Homewood and the Hill District, Pavement aims to create a strong emotional chronology of a culture conflicted with a history plagued by discrimination, genocide, 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 and Billy Strayhorn spent most of his teenage years. Over a century later, those same theaters are now dilapidated. And the streets that once strived on family run businesses and a thriving jazz scene now show the sad effects of gang violence and crack cocaine.

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion