The renowned choreographer got his start in the dancing world as a student of the Civic Light Opera Academy and he went on to study the discipline at Creative and Performing Arts High School. Abraham studied dance at State University of New York at Purchase and earned his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Before starting his own company, Abraham.In.Motion. in 2006, Abraham performed in a myriad of modern dance companies including David Dorfman Dance in 2007.
A year later he was awarded a Jerome Foundation travel and study grant and in 2010 he was lauded with a Princess Grace and Bessie Award for his piece “The Radio Show.” Some of his other creations include “The Realest MC” and “A Ramp to Paradise, OP 1, Live!”
Abraham said “Pavement” is the best work he’s ever made.
“It’s really good and I feel real successful with how real I am able to make it. All of my work is honest and some of the other work had lots of movement. ‘Pavement’ has aggressive, celebratory movement and it takes you on a wave of emotion,” he said.
The piece is set to an eclectic score of music including opera, rhythm and blues, country and soul complete with essays from W.E.B. DuBois’ “The Soul of Black Folk” and excerpts from “Boyz n the Hood”. All this is mixed with sounds of the city to help bring the piece to life.
“I hope people walk away changed. This is a work about community so hopefully they’ll walk away with questions or wanting to celebrate the rich history in their communities and address things like drugs and gang violence. I am interested in new audiences and I want families to come and ask each other about their family history. The show is for everyone there is something for everyone,” Abraham said.
Abraham will take “Pavement” on a European tour in the fall before it returns to the states to be performed at several venues including the American Dance Festival.
Tickets for the Pittsburgh performance may be purchased online at http://www.trustarts.org or by calling 412-456-6666.