David Roussève/REALITY: Halfway to Dawn


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30pm


Northrop Auditorium
73 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

About the Show

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.

Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance. Childcare will be provided for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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or call Project Success at (612) 874-7710

This show is open to high school students.

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, Northrop Auditorium, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • Art has the ability to transport us through time, and imagine the world as it was before we entered it. How might this story, told through music, video and dance, help us to understand the 1940s and 1950s? Especially through the point of view of Billy Strayhorn, an African American jazz artist?
  • Art often communicates through symbol and metaphor. This dance features multiple images of a clown, both in person and through video and projection. What might this symbolize in the context of the larger story they are telling?

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