David Rousseve and REALITY: Dance Theater Group in Bittersweet Saudade
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One of this country’s “most inspired and inspiring dance makers” San Francisco Chronicle, L.A.’s own David Roussève and his outstanding company return to UCLA with another piece of shattering dance theater. Named after the Portuguese expression “saudade,” which is used to convey the longing, wistfulness and nostalgia inherent in the Portuguese blues music, Fado, this evening length work is an ode to the idea of “bittersweet.”
Buoyed by mystical images of flight, the night sky and the deep southern bayou, and grounded in folklore, historical fact and personal experience, Saudade is a mosaic of character monologues told from a uniquely southern, African American perspective—the stories of oppressed people finding a reason to go on in a harsh everyday reality. Atmospheric lighting, video projections and contemporary and traditional Fado recordings serve as the subtext for this ambitious and evocative work.