David Roussève: Halfway to Dawn

David Roussève: Halfway to Dawn

“Shattering dance/theater.” —The New York Times

“One of this country's most inspired and inspiring dancemakers.” San Francisco Chronicle

World Premiere

Alpert Award-winning choreographer David Roussève mixes luscious movement for nine exquisite performers with bold video imagery to invoke the life and spirit of composer and arranger Billy “Sweet Pea” Strayhorn, who wrote such famous hits as Take the A Train, Chelsea Bridge and Lush Life for Duke Ellington’s orchestra, but was a relatively unknown African-American gay man living in Harlem in the '40s to the '60s.The arranger and writer or co-writer of some of Ellington’s greatest works was also an activist who was out as gay, and active in civil rights causes (and a committed friend of Dr. Martin Luther King).

The core of Halfway to Dawn is Strayhorn’s music as interpreted through a dynamic dance vocabulary melding jazz, modern/postmodern, and social dance forms. A surreal sonic design by d. Sabela grimes mixes a contemporary soundscore that is juxtaposed with vintage recordings of Strayhorn’s songs, while video design by Cari Ann Shim Sham gives the production a rich visual dynamic.

Halfway to Dawn is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Contemporary Arts Center, Kelly Strayhorn Theater and NPN/VAN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

This presentation of Halfway to Dawn was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in part with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Associated Images: 

THU 10/4
8:30 pm
FRI 10/5
8:30 pm
SAT 10/6
8:30 pm
SUN 10/7
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff