The Georgia Straight/preview: ‘Kyle Abraham’s dance fuses history, hip-hop, and much more at Chutzpah Festival’

‘He’s a unique voice on the American stage, conjuring pieces that layer history, styles, and music from different eras. One of his best-known works, Pavement, reimagined the seminal flick Boyz n the Hood in his native Pittsburgh, circa 1991, interweaving street scenes from his hometown and the 1960s blues of Mississippi Fred McDowell. In Absent Matter, he took inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, meshing jazz with hip-hop samples and featuring large projections of riots and burials. Like so many of Abraham’s works, the piece managed to reflect on several sociopolitical pasts while looking to the future, melding the movement and music in the same way.’

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