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David Roussève

October 22-25. 2009 • [Thu-Sun] • 8:00 PM
Admission: $22 ($15 for members)

photo by Jorge Vismara

"One day, some breakthrough string-theory of the heart is sure to explain why beauty and damnation can be perceived at the same moment. Until then, David Roussève's dance-theater work Saudade offers a succinct and lyrical look at how the highs and lows of life collide."
- The Washington Post

Mythical images of the deep southern bayou are juxtaposed with social realism in David Roussève/REALITY's Saudade. Roussève constructs a new physical language with seven performers combining postmodern movement and traditional world dances. The sound score for Saudade is traditional and contemporary recordings of fado music, also known as "Portuguese Blues," interspersed with spoken narratives and character monologues.

Joining Roussève in performance are Esther M. Baker-Tarpaga, Nehara Kalev, Marianne M. Kim, Taisha Paggett, Sri Susilowati, Olivier Tarpaga, and Anjali Tata.

Saudade includes a set by Peter Melville, lighting by David Ferri, and video by Ashley Hunt.

Saudade is made possible, in part, with funds from the 2009-2010 Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Saudade was commissioned by Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at The University of Maryland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and UCLA Live. Developmental residencies were provided by The Department of World Arts and Cultures/ UCLA and Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage. Generous support for Saudade has been provided by The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund; Creative Capital Foundation; UCLA Faculty Research Grant Program (COR); The Office of UCLA Dean Christopher Waterman; The UCLA Chancellor's Office; County of Los Angeles Fellowship Program; The Center for Cultural Innovation; The Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation and The Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

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