From BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music: “A lively tribute to an extraordinary jazz virtuoso”

From BAM-Brooklyn Academy of Music



Halfway to Dawn

Dec 5—8
BAM Harvey Theater
Tickets start at $25

This jubilant dance-theater celebration is inspired by the openly gay jazz composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn, perhaps best known as Duke Ellington’s main collaborator.

Billy Strayhorn Credit Jazz Times

David Roussève’s choreography sets nine dancers to various movement styles with video elements and a score that features Strayhorn’s music, channeling the spirit of the virtuoso through past, present, and fantasy.


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The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a performing arts venue in Brooklyn, New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. It presented its first performance in 1861 and began operations in its present location in 1908.

Today, BAM has a reputation as a leader in presenting “cutting edge” performance and has grown into an urban arts center which focuses on both international arts presentation and local community needs. Its purpose is to provide an environment in which its audiences – annually, more than 775,000 people – can experience a broad array of aesthetic and cultural programs. From 1999 to 2014, BAM was headed by Karen Brooks Hopkins, President, and Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer. Katy Clark is now president, succeeding Hopkins who retired in spring 2015.

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