David Roussève / REALITY
Whispers of Angels
Conceived, choreographed, written and directed by David Rousseve with original music by jazz/house/funk artist Me'Shell NdegeOcello, visual design by Debbie Lee Cohen, and lighting design by 1995 Tony Award nominee Beverly Emmons, The Whispers of Angels blends the energy and drive of contemporary urban house music with the sensuality of southern Black folklore to explore the universal issues of loss, unrequited love, and the hope that transcends race, time, and, ultimately, death. Performed by REALITY, Tony Award nominee B.J. Crosby (Smoky Joe’s Café) and a 25 member chorus of performers and non performers that reflects the diverse communities represented in the work, The Whispers of Angels was presented as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) 1995 NEXT WAVE Festival.
Through storytelling, dance, visual design, and house and gospel music, Whispers is concerned with the search for hope in a time of AIDS, as seen thru the last reminisces and fears of a young, African American gay man who is dying before his time. As illuminated through this main character's memories from his birth to the last moments of his life, the work deals with the pain of unrequited love (as seen thru the relationship of a boy and his father), the overwhelming search for compassion (as seen thru the eyes of a man dying alone), and the hope and pride given by a deep history remembered (as represented in the "whispering voices" of the man's ancestors, who guide him safely through his transition from life).