Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams

November 10, 1992, November 12 – 14, 1992

Alternate Title Urban Scenes / Creole Dreams
Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description David Rousseve, on a somewhat reflective note, explores the themes of loss and racism through a combination of athletic African American pop-dance and careful abstract modern dance movements. His work mixes text and dance styles, often selecting gestures to communicate emotional realities.

As a storyteller, Rousseve evokes deep passion, which flows from his family and culture (African American/Creole) into our minds and hearts. For the last four years, David and his company Reality have been creating an extended work, Pull Your Head to the Moon...Tales of Creole Women. Bam's 1992 Next Wave Festival has commissioned the eighth and final section, Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams, which will be given its New York Premiere November 10 thorugh 14 in the BAM Majestic Theater.

The complete work juxtaposes the life tales of an elderly Black/Creole woman, Thelma Arceneaux (Rousseve's grandmother) with stories, movement, and images of contemporary African America. The loss of Arceneaux's cousin and husband are compared to present losses to AIDS.
Identifier 1992f.00534