Composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn lived his life as an openly gay man during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, an oppressive and homophobic era. ‘Halfway To Dawn’, a music and dance performance, recognizes the life of Strayhorn, who mostly shied away from the jazz spotlight and remains an under appreciated and acknowledged composer.
‘Halfway To Dawn’ will world premiere in Los Angeles from October 4th to the 7th at the REDCAT theatre. The tour will then travel the country and conclude in Minneapolis April 13th, 2019. Tickets are $12-$30.
Written, directed and choreographed by David Rousseve, the production combines dance and video imagery. Text describing Strayhorn’s life and historical footage give the production context while projected abstract video art expresses the emotional layers of Strayhorn’s journey.