LGBT Center of Raleigh

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    From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter: A discussion with David Rousseve

    Around the Triangle
    Event date:
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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    Lara Oliver 
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    From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter: A discussion with David Rousseve (UCLA) and Mandy Carter (Co-founder of Southerners On New Ground - SONG) on the life and work of Billy Strayhorn and community activism

    Please join the LGBT Center of Raleigh and NC State LIVE for a catered discussion panel at VAE Raleigh on the intersection of race, gender and sexuality and the importance of cross-generation communication. This discussion is part of the ambitious partnership NC State LIVE has with critically acclaimed dance company David Rousseve/REALITY focusing on the life and work of Billy Strayhorn.

    Though instrumental to the creation of one of the most important bodies of work in American music, Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) remains decidedly less known than his larger-than-life collaborator. As Duke Ellington's main arranger and writing partner he wrote or co-wrote Ellington signatures like "Take the A Train," "Satin Doll," and others. But gay, out, and living in Harlem in the 1940s-60s, Strayhorn died largely unknown for his work; having instead led a private life, whether by personal choice or because he was fearful that the public would not accept his sexual identity.

    Halfway to Dawn seeks to uncover the truths of Billy Strayhorn's life - with full throttle dancing to Strayhorn's remarkably intelligent, "blow the roof off" music. From a series of emotion laden ballads to ebullient jazz anthems, Strayhorn's music and the choreography exploring its rhythmic foundations and bittersweet emotional subtexts provide the spine and very raison d'etre for Halfway to Dawn.

    This will be a catered discussion panel open to all ages beginning at 6:30 PM on February 28th at the VAE Raleigh downtown location.

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