David Rousse Ian Douglas


David Roussève/Reality

April 13
7:30 p.m.
Dance, Theater

African American jazz composer Billy Strayhorn, who often collaborated with Duke Ellington and created an oeuvre that’s shaped the history of American music, inspired David Roussève’s new work, Halfway to Dawn. With a movement style integrating jazz, modern, and social dance, Roussève and his company give choreographic form to Strayhorn’s music, as well as to his life in 1940s-’60s Harlem as a gay man and civil rights activist. An abstract work that incorporates video-projected text and art, Halfway to Dawn lifts Strayhorn’s life into public consciousness through a theatrical dance performance that engages the heart. The performance is followed by a post-show Q&A.