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David Roussève/ REALITY at ArtPower UCSD

  • UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium 9500 Gilman Drive San Diego, CA, 92161 United States (map)

http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/david-rousseve-reality-halfway-dawn/

Choreographed, written, and directed by David Roussève, Halfway to Dawn is an evening-length work weaving dance, music, sound, video, and text to uncover the deeper ”truths” of African American, gay jazz composer Billy Strayhorn’s life (1915–67) while also creating a dialogue on urgent social issues of our own time. The work is danced to a score of Strayhorn and Duke Ellington songs, from raise-the-roof jazz anthems to emotion-laden ballads. Halfway to Dawn intersects fact, conjecture, comment, abstraction, and fantasy to create an abstract portrait of Ellington’s most important, though largely unknown, collaborator.

Founded in 1988, David Roussève/REALITY creates expressionistic dance/theater works that combine the accessibility, grit, and passion of African American traditional and pop cultures with the challenging compositional structures of avant-garde dance and theater in order to explore socially-charged, immensely relevant, and often spiritual themes.

COST: $9-$43

Earlier Event: November 4
United We Move
Later Event: November 10
World Premiere of "IMMERSE"