by David Roussève/REALITY
“’Halfway to Dawn’—a favorite phrase of Strayhorn’s—is an important work of art, quite moving at times, wonderfully danced and a must-see for anyone interested in black history, American jazz, homophobia and two important cultural icons of the twentieth century–one of them world-renowned, the other almost a mystery to the public.”
- Times Quotidian 10/15/18
The core of "Halfway" is Strayhorn’s music as interpreted through a dynamic dance vocabulary melding jazz, modern/postmodern, and social dance that is new to Roussève’s choreography. A score including recordings from the ‘40s-‘50s of Strayhorn songs allows the famously private artist to emerge and “speak for himself” through his music. The songs are immersed within a larger sound design that - like the video element - references historical material, but ultimately creates a contemporary, abstract, and wholly original digital tapestry.
Lighting Design by Chris Kuhl
Video Art by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Sound Design by d. Sabela grimes
Costumes by Leah Piehl
Dramaturgy by L. MSP Burns
“…a fascinating performance art dance piece about Billy Strayhorn… With scenic projections and startling choreography this piece throws you into Strayhorn’s world.”
- Culture Critique 10/9/18
"Halfway to Dawn" premiered in October 2018 at REDCAT in Los Angeles and had its East Coast premiere as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival December 5-8, 2018.
Come see "Halfway to Dawn" in a city near you!
Future touring includes:
~ February 1-2, 2019 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
~ March 2, 2019 with NC State LIVE in Raleigh, NC
~ March 30, 2019 at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA
~ April 5-7, 2019 at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in New Orleans, LA
~ April 13, 2019 at Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN
~ July 3-7, 2019 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2019 in Becket, MA
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.
Halfway to Dawn is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT in partnership with ARTPower at UC San Diego, Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org.
Halfway to Dawn was created with the generous support of UCLA Chancellor’s office research funds.
Halfway to Dawn was created in part during a development residency at the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow Dance, technical residencies at NC State LIVE, REDCAT and Kaufman Hall UCLA and a video art residency at NYU Tisch Dance.
Fiscal sponsorship provided by Foundation for Independent Artists, Inc. a non-profit organization administered by Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc.). Pentacle is a non-profit management support organization for the performing arts. www.pentacle.org
For booking information, contact Sophie Myrtil-McCourty, Lotus Arts Management. Tel: 347-721-8724; email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.lotusartsmgmt.com
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