REALITY have demonstrated they know how to find that sweet spot where multiple media enhance without distracting from the dance. A stunning example was Roussève's semiautobiographical, award-winning Stardust, which explored a young black man's sexual awakening. Roussève returns with his newest, Halfway to Dawn. The eagerly anticipated full-length piece is inspired by the life of Billy Strayhorn, the black gay composer/arranger closely associated with many of Duke Ellington's hits, including "Take the A Train" and the jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Further fueling high expectations is the involvement of Stardust collaborator video artist Cari Ann Shim Sham and a soundscore developed by d. Sabela grimes drawn from vintage recordings of Strayhorn's songs.
Contemporary choreographers like to blend dance with video, audio or art installations, but few are able to keep things in balance and not have the dance overwhelmed by the other theatrical elements. David Roussève and his troupe