DAVID ROUSSÈVE/REALITY Stardust
From January 31, 2014 until February 1, 2014
This event series has ended
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Choreographed, written and directed by David Roussève, Stardust follows an African American gay urban teenager’s dreams, misgivings and challenges.
Never seen onstage, the protagonist is present only by the emotion-laden tweets and text messages he sends, which are projected onto multiple surfaces by Roussève’s long-time collaborator Cari Ann Shim Sham.
Stardust juxtaposes fluidity and freneticism, in both its movement and musical score. Lush, jazz-inflected dancing is leavened by frenetic, angular representations of the teenager’s anxious states of mind, in movement performed by a mixed-age company of dancers.
The soundscape pairs the intimate romanticism of Nat King Cole standards with rough-edged, hip-hop inflected original music by d. Sabela Grimes. Designer Christopher Kuhl’s lighting will support both the emotional textures and surreal quality of the work.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center co-commissioned Stardust, which will receive its world premiere at the Center. As part of his engagement at the Clarice Smith Center, Roussève will be in residency in several visits during fall 2013, working with local ministries on issues of homosexuality and acceptance in the African American community.
- See more at: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events/2014/david-rousseve-reality-stardust#sthash.wRUtO5SZ.dpuf