*Legendary choreographer Kyle Abraham dreamed a great dream of one day taking the story of gangs in South Los Angeles and re-imagining it on stage as dance.

(Gangsters dancing? What an interesting thought). Kind of “West Side Story” -ish.

The 35-year old somehow made it happen with his newest work, “Pavement,” a dance version of “Boyz in the Hood.”

But his inspiration was not only founded on the hood classic. He also brought in ideas offered by W.E.B. Du Bois in “The Souls of Black Folk,” a collection of influential essays about the black struggle.

The New Yorker says “In spite of the complexity of such a high-minded idea, Abraham has created a work of great subtlety and beauty.”

Read more about Abraham’s rendition of the struggle here.