Tickets & Events

David Roussève/REALITY :: Halfway to Dawn

KST Presents

February 1 - 2, 2019 | 8:00pm

Friday – Saturday, February 1 – 2, 2018
8:00pm / Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave

One of this country’s most inspired and inspiring dancemakers. —San Francisco Chronicle

KST Commission
Halfway to Dawn redefines “biography” as the intersection of fact, conjecture, abstraction and fantasy—and reveals the complicated emotional truths that shaped the life of the legendary out gay jazz composer (and KST namesake) Billy Strayhorn. Journey from Westinghouse to the grandest bandstands across the globe, as award-winning choreographer David Roussève combines his sumptuous movement for nine performers with video projections that conjure the life and spirit of legendary Pittsburgher, and KST namesake, Billy Strayhorn.

Strayhorn’s music is interpreted through a dynamic dance vocabulary that blends jazz, modern/postmodern, and social dance forms, and supplemented by a surreal sonic design by d. Sabela grimes that juxtaposes vintage recordings of Strayhorn’s songs with contemporary sounds.

Halfway to Dawn is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, REDCAT, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Contemporary Arts Center New Orlean, and NPN.

The presentation of Halfway to Dawn is made possible in part by the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program; 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; and by the National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund. For more information, visit