Leanne is one of nine dancers in the cast of David's newest piece, "Halfway to Dawn."
"Halfway to Dawn" illuminates the remarkable life of jazz composer, Billy Strayhorn. Gay, out, and living in Harlem in the 40’s-60’s, Strayhorn was Duke Ellington’s main (though largely unknown) collaborator, writing hits such as “A-Train” and “Lush Life”. Blending dance, music, text, and video art, Halfway to Dawn redefines ‘biography’ as the intersection of fact, conjecture, comment, abstraction and fantasy, as it seeks to uncover the complicated emotional ‘truths’ of Strayhorn’s life while creating a dialogue on urgent social ‘truths’ of our own.
Halfway to Dawn premiered October 4-7, 2018 at REDCAT in Los Angeles and will tour the states throughout the 2018-2019 season.