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A Fine Finish

Dance: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

If “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (reviewed elsewhere in this issue) focuses on the African-American march toward civil rights, Kyle Abraham’s dance epic,
“Pavement,” at Jacob’s Pillow last week, tells a darker story of black life in America.

Inspired by Abraham’s childhood in a very distressed Pittsburgh and by the film “Boyz n the Hood,” which chronicled the influence of gangs on young blacks, “Pavement” is about love, loyalty and loss.

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