That the inner city is a hidden war zone is painfully clear in Kyle Abraham’s “Pavement,” a beautiful and severely honest work performed by his dance company, Abraham.In.Motion. But despite its name and subject matter, “Pavement” is not all hard edges. It delivers a sharp sense of reality with extraordinary softness, in dancing that is lush and seductive.
As a result, you fall in love with the seven dancers, Abraham included. You’re drawn in by their bodies, carried along by the fluid mix of urban dance styles and distilled aggression, depression and hustling. Abraham brings us close. With poetic economy — a child’s voice asking about the nightly gunfire; a brief, hot fight; a few gestures of affection or pleading — he conveys what that concrete battlefield feels like in this piece, performed over the weekend at Dance Place. And to local dancegoers’ continued good fortune, Dance Place has plans for another presentation of Abraham’s work next year, the third in a row, after last year’s transcendent “The Radio Show,” on the intertwining of music and his father’s illness.