• David Roussève/REALITY: "Halfway to Dawn"

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    Name: David Roussève/REALITY: "Halfway to Dawn"
    Date: March 30, 2019
    Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:
    David Roussève’s latest work is an evening-length blend of dance, music, video, text, theatre, and visual design that seeks to redefine biography and find the truth of the life of composer Billy Strayhorn. As Duke Ellington’s main arranger and writing collaborator, Strayhorn (1915-1967) wrote or co-wrote Ellington signatures like "A Train," "Satin Doll," "Something to Live For," and "Rain Check." Being gay, out, and living in Harlem in the 1940s to 1960s, however, he never received full credit for his work. He chose instead to lead a remarkably private life, whether by choice or, as suggested by biographer David Hadju, because he knew that the larger public would not be as accepting of his sexual identity as was the Ellington extended family. Hajdu writes, “It really was truth or consequences, and Billy went with truth.” Choreographer, writer, director, and filmmaker Roussève is a Guggenheim Fellow and is a professor of choreography with UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. He founded the dance-theatre company REALITY in 1988, which has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America.
    Moss Arts Center 190 Alumni Mall Blacksburg, VA 24060
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30 PM
    Contact Information:
    Susan Bland 5402315300 mossartscenter@vt.edu
    Category A $55 | Category B $40 | Category C $25 $10 students with ID and youth 18 and under, 20%-30% subscription discounts available
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