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Abraham.In.Motion, literally a dance genius

Kyle Abraham melds music, motion and history to link his inner experiences with the struggle of African Americans in America. On Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., he and his dance company, Abraham.In.Motion, will bring that unique combination to UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium.

The event is part of UNCC’s University Performing Arts Series. Tickets range from $20 to $15; UNCG students tickets are $5.

Abraham, one of the nation’s most lauded young dancers and choreographers, will be performing in “Pavement.” The composition tells the story of the people, and especially the young men, who grew up in one of Pittsburgh’s African-American communities.

It spans ideas from W.E.B. Du Bois to Boyz N The Hood. The soundtrack draws from baroque compositions, blues songs and hip-hop. That ability to integrate seemingly disparate ideas and performance style has helped earn Abraham a reputation as one of the nation’s best emerging dance artists.

In 2009 he was among Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and last year he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a prestigious honor known as the “genius grant.”

See what The New Yorker called “a work of great subtlety and beauty.”

You may purchase tickets now by going to upas.uncg.edu or calling 272-0160.