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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
Photo by Ian Douglas
Northrop Presents

David Roussève/REALITY

2018-19 Northrop Season
Apr 2019
About the Event

Halfway to Dawn

Written, choreographed and directed by David Roussève and performed by his diverse nine-member company, REALITY, Halfway to Dawn is a vibrant multi-media dance/theater work. The core is African-American composer Billy Strayhorn’s music, interpreted through a dynamic dance vocabulary that melds jazz, modern/postmodern and social dance. To a lush soundtrack of famous Strayhorn recordings from the 1940s-50s, a complex portrait of this remarkably private artist emerges, touching on themes of fame, privacy, gay identity and the artist’s role as activist.

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
The 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.

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"

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David Roussève/REALITY dancers in Halfway to Dawn
David Roussève/REALITY "Halfway to Dawn"
Related Events
David Roussève/REALITY Performance Preview

Sat, Apr 13, 6:15 pm
Best Buy Theater
FREE and open to the public

Gain insight into the performance at an in-depth conversation about the company and the evening’s program with choreographer David Roussève and Northrop Dance Series Artistic Director Christine Tschida. 


 

Lobby Musicians

Sat, Apr 13
Memorial Hall

Hear these student musicians perform before and after the Q&A and during intermission. 

Georgeanne Owiredu, UMN student, violinist
Michael Neppel, guitarist
Learn more

 


 

Post-Performance Q&A with David Roussève/REALITY

Sat, Apr 13, Immediately following the performance
Carlson Family Stage
Open to the public

Stay in the theater after the performance for a 30-minute question-and-answer session with David Roussève and members of REALITY.

 


 

Round Table Discussion with Choreographer David Roussève

Tue, Apr 9, 10:00 am
McKnight Foundation
FREE and open to the public

AREAN DANCES and Northrop present FLOORWORK, a series of discussions on all things dance, is open to all as a space for conversation and sharing of ideas, knowledge and resources. Share your thoughts and experiences of choreographic tools, strategies, and practices and hear about David Roussève's process in the creation of Halfway to Dawn.

Photo by Ian Douglas
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