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Freud Playhouse at UCLA
245 Charles E Young Drive East Los Angeles, CA 90095
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David Rousseve and REALITY: "Saudade"
12 ratings
4.2 average rating
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4 reviews
15 stars
attended Apr 04 2009

To each his/her own but I did not like it. I guess I was expecting a straight forward dance performance and not an abstract piece. The show is about a man questioning the meaning of life. The audience follows the lead actor in different stages of...continued

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8 reviews
20 stars
attended Apr 05 2009

First off the stage manager SUPPOSEDLY rang a zylophone to signal the show was to begin, YEA RIGHT I sat right there. Then I see the doors close, to find out I can not go in to hear the explanation of what i'm about to see. And let's just say YOU...continued

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6 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 05 2009

Saudade is a dance-theater piece, which includes multiple dance forms and monologues. It is not a conventional dance performance nor a linear narrative.
This piece is deeply smart, complex, contemplative, and emotive. After seeing it, i wanted...continued

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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.