PRESS RELEASE: Highly-acclaimed dance theatre work redefines coming of age story of abused, urban, gay, African American teen

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PRESS RELEASE: Highly-acclaimed dance theatre work redefines coming of age story of abused, urban, gay, African American teen

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Contemporary Dance Theater presents David Roussève / REALITY, a critically-acclaimed multicultural and multidisciplinary dance theatre company, March 21 & 22, 2014 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

In movement and video projection, Stardust redefines the coming-of-age story through the lens of today’s fast-paced culture driven by, modern day technology and through the experience of an abused, gay, urban, African American teen. 

REALITY is known for their poignant and powerful work, which brings to light universally-resonating issues of race, culture, class, and society.

  EVENT: David Roussève / REALITY presented by Contemporary Dance Theater
  VENUE: Aronoff Center for the Arts’ Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  DATES: Friday, March 21, 2014 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:30pm


FREE meet-the-artists reception following Friday’s performance (suggested donation $5)
Dancers’ masterclass on Sat., March 22, 10:30am-12:00pm (cdt-dance.org/masterclass)

  TICKETS: $22-32 from (513) 621-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiarts.org
  MORE INFO: Visit cdt-dance.org/14rousseve



February 14, 2014

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Southwest Ohio’s presenter of contemporary dance, Contemporary Dance Theater presents the multicultural and multidisciplinary David Roussève / REALITY, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, March 21-22, 2014

David Roussève / REALITY’s dance theatre company is known for its sharp and well-crafted work, heralded recently by the LA Times as “startling…poignant, witty, earnest—a revelation of the soul.”

With high praise, The Washington Post‘s Sarah Kaufman also writes, “One day, some breakthrough string-theory of the heart is sure to explain why beauty and damnation can be perceived at the same moment, why grief and joy can hit you at once. Until then, David Roussève’s dance-theater…offers a succinct and lyrical look at how the highs and lows of life collide.”

In David Roussève / REALITY’s Stardust, a coming of age story is told through the lens of today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society and the experience of a gay, urban black teen who is being abused by his foster parent. The teen is searching for the meaning of love and compassion in a life that seems bereft of both.

While the audience never sees the young man in Stardust, his unanswered texts give us insight into his journey from despair to the most unexpected transformations.

Stage and Cinema says that Stardust is “…something of a miracle…Stardust effectively amalgamates so many elements of multi-disciplinary performing arts—theater, story, dance, multi­media—that it should be a template for any dance company that desires to move, touch, and inspire their audience.”

Stardust is the first REALITY work in which choreographer, director, and writer David Roussève will not perform the lead role. Roussève writes: “Removing myself has been exhilarating: I can focus on developing a more dynamic movement language—long a goal—unlimited in my own body. While it is paramount that my work retain its emotional resonance, my giving the protagonist ‘voice’ only through short written text allows for a more fluid choreographic structure…”

Two performances will take place: Friday, March 21, 2014 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts Jarson-Kaplan Theater. In addition, Contemporary Dance Theater welcomes audiences to meet Mr. Roussève and his talented company following Friday evening’s performance at a free Q&A reception (suggested donation $5).

Contemporary Dance Theater is pleased to offer meaningful and unique opportunities for the public to interact with their guest artists. Students of dance are invited to the rare opportunity to take class with the company on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 10:30am-12:00pm at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios in College Hill. David Roussève / REALITY will also be connecting with local organizations and groups to delve deeper into his work and its powerful themes.

More information is available from cdt-dance.org. Tickets, $22-32, are available from the Cincinnati Arts Association at 650 Walnut St., (513) 621-ARTS (2787), or cincinnatiarts.org. Patrons can save money with one of several versatile season subscription options, cdt-dance.org/subscribe.

The presentation of David Roussève / REALITY will be followed by the awe-inspiring hip-hop youth troupe Rennie Harris RHAW (from Philadelphia, May 2 & 3) and our region’s Area Choreographers Festival (June 13 & 14), created in collaboration with Llanfair Retirement Community in a concert about life stories.

The Contemporary Dance Theater Guest Artist Series is sponsored by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and is supported by the thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Support also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Contemporary Dance Theater is also supported by The Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts. Media sponsorship provided by CityBeat.

Stardust was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Peak Performances at Montclair State University. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network Performance Residency Program. Major contributions include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Stardust was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Met Life Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the University of CA Institute for Research in the Arts, and the UCLA Faculty Research Grants program.


Additional high resolution images are available for download at http://flickr.com/photos/contemporarydancetheater/sets.

Mr. Roussève and/or company members may be available for interview and/or media appearances. Please inquire at pr@cdt-dance.org.

A press kit from David Roussève / REALITY and this press release are available on cdt-dance.org/press.

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