This month of dance is full, but this weekend, Nov. 1-3, dance comes from Pittsburg to Harlem and from Brazil to Brooklyn in only three days. In Harlem at Harlem Stage, Kyle Abraham brings the premiere of “Pavement,” and in Brooklyn at BAM, Brazil’s Grupo Corpo returns with two premieres, “Im” and “Sem Mim.”

Indeed a young maverick in the world of dance, Kyle Abraham of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion brings his newest work, “Pavement” directly to Harlem’s gatehouse at Harlem Stage. Says Abraham, “The good thing about this work being presented at Harlem Stage is that it’s a work about community, and Harlem Stage sits more deeply embedded in an actual community than any other venue in NYC. I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Harlem Stage beginning in 2004, and since then, my work has been presented there several times and received funding on numerous occasions for varied projects.”

For “Pavement,” Abraham draws his inspiration from John Singleton’s 1991 film “Boyz ‘N the Hood” and W.E.B. Du Bois’ classic essay “The Souls of Black Folk,” and layers that with an operatic score comprised mostly by Handel’s “Carestini” (the story of a castrato) and the gun-laden sounds of an urban landscape. Abraham insists, “This is a work deeply connected to community and the state of community and a place where history connects with community. Addressing things like gang violence and genocide are new territory for me, as is working with so many men. I’ve never worked so closely with more than two male dancers in my company before. But this is a work that called for that energy and that discovery in a process. It’s been one of the best experiences, if not the best experience, I’ve ever had making a dance work.”

The cast of 12 dancers/collaborators includes Abraham, Matthew Baker, Charlotte Brathwaite, Chalvar Monteiro, Jeremy Neal, Dan Scully, Maleek Washington, Alexandra Wells, Eric Williams, Sam Crawford, Maritza Mosquera and Rena Butler. About Butler, Abraham offers, “I wanted a cast that was diverse in its movement sensibilities but that I felt could connect with the subject matter. The sole woman figure, or in the case of Rena, the soul woman figure [he laughs], came about from looking closer at the film at who the catalysts were for me. More to that, most gang scenes in the film included one woman among a group of men–one scene in particular highlights this with two rival groups and their one stand-alone ride-or-die sista.”

Audiences can expect Abraham’s visceral mingling of modern dance sensibilities with street cool, funk and truth when the dancers tell the many stories of the “hood” through dance. Individually, the dancers are exemplary technicians in their iterations of Abraham’s vision. This is a must-see event! For more information, visit or call 212-281-9240.

Known as Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe, Grupo Corpo and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras returns to BAM with the premieres of “Im” (which means magnet in Portuguese), and “Sem Mim” (without me). For Pederneiras, it is the “principles of interdependence and complementarity that govern human relationships” that serve as the creative point of departure for “Im,” which is set to a score by the Brazilian trio +2. For “Sem Mim,” with an original score by Carlos Nunez, a traditional Galician bagpipe player, and Jose Miguel Wisnik, Pederneiras’ inspiration is “the 13th-century Galician-Portuguese song cycle ‘Sea of Vigo,’ by Martin Codax, whose lyrics reveal the voices of maidens weeping in the absence of their lovers from the coastal town of Vigo in western Spain.” Both works promise to showcase the “dancers’ virtuosity and Pederneiras’ masterly fusion of ballet, modern, ballroom and Afro-Brazilian dance idioms.”

For more information, visit or call 718-636-4100.

Still Running

  • Nov. 3 to 9: “BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance’s 2012 BlakTinx Performance Series” continues with Mexico’s Robert Robles Dance Company with the premiere of “De Ja Vu” and Toni Renee Johnson’s Maverick Dance Experience in “Reference Point.” For more information, visit or call 718-842-5223.
  • Through Nov 4: Performance artist and independent curator Whitney V. Hunter’s “Site Project,” an exhibition and performance that explores identity in the African Diaspora in association with LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater and Humanities gallery. For more information, visit or call 718- 488-1624.

Also this Month:

  • Nov. 3 and 4: Roberto Villanueva, founder/artistic director of BalaSole Dance Company, presents “Voces,” a new program of 10 dancer/choreographers, continuing his edict to present works through his multi-ethnic organization that would open its doors to underrepresented dance artists from various backgrounds. For more information, visit
  • Nov. 4: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company in “Dia de los Muertos,” as part of the Latin American Cultural Week at the Schimmel Center for the Arts in Manhattan. For more information, visit
  • Nov. 9: Also part of the Latin American Cultural Week’s presentations, “Glamour Tango,” an all-female show that pays tribute to the women of tango. For more information, visit
  • Nov. 10: The concert following the seventh annual Wofave African Dance and Drum Festival, sponsored by Umoja Dance Company and Newark Symphony Hall, and hosted by Dr. Chuck Davis, will feature performances by Harambee Dance Company, Wula Drum & Dance Company, Restoration Youth Arts Academy and the Newark Dance Ensemble. For more information, visit\or call 973-280-2294.
  • Nov. 11: Sidra Bell Dance NY revisits older works and presents some new works as part of the 92nd Street Y’s “Sundays at Three” series. For more information, visit or call 212-415-5500.
  • Nov. 28 to Dec. 30: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual month-long season. Premieres and new productions include Kyle Abraham’s “Another Night,” Jii Kylian’s “Petite Mort,” Garth Fagan’s “From Before,” Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16,” Paul Taylor’s “Arden Court,” Rennie Harris’ “Home,” Ronald K. Brown’s “Grace,” artistic director Robert Battle’s “Strange Humors” and many Ailey classics including “Revelations.” A special farewell evening to longtime company member of more than three decades Renee Robinson is slated for Dec. 9. For more information, visit or call 212-581-1212.

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