David Roussève / REALITY

David Roussève / REALITY
FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 8:30pm
SATURDAY, March 22, 2014 8:30pm
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio

“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.” — SARAH KAUFMAN, THE WASHINGTON POST
Contemporary Dance Theater presents David Roussève / REALITY in a performance of their highly-acclaimed movement and multimedia work, Stardust.

Stardust explores the ever-evolving nature of intimacy in our technology-driven, furiously paced world.

Redefining the coming of age story in our electronic era, David Roussève / REALITY’s Stardust follows an unseen African American gay urban teenager’s relentless search for love and compassion in a life that seems bereft of both. This character—who is abused by his foster parent—never appears physically on stage, but we know him by the emotion-laden and unanswered text messages he sends, by music that comforts and challenges him, and by dance movements that are the analog of his states of mind and heart.

Through movement and video, the audience is taken through his journey from despair to unexpected transformations.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: While the stage action is not graphic, this performance is not recommended for children due to explicit language, references to abuse, sexual references, and other content of serious nature.

RE-SCHEDULED DUE TO A SUDDEN LOSS: Join us for a Conversation with David Roussève: Creating Social Commentary with African American Dance

Join choreographer, director, filmmaker, and performer Roussève in an intimate pre-show discussion about his body of work and whether dance can change the world: Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the Green Room at the Aronoff Center from 7-7:30pm (please arrive at 6:45pm).

RSVP and more information here.

Meet-the-Artists Reception

Part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s mission is to bring dance closer to the public. Meet David Roussève / REALITY at a Q&A reception following Friday evening’s performance at the Aronoff Center. Free, suggested donation: $5.

Open Masterclass

Dancers are invited to the rare opportunity of taking class with David Roussève / REALITY members at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios in College Hill on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 10:30am-12:00pm. $15 in advance payable here, or $19-20 at-the-door.

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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. 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.