David Roussève, Professor
Office: Kaufman 104
A choreographer, writer, director, dancer, and actor, David joined WAC/D in 1996 and served as Chair 2003-4. As Artistic Director of the dance/theater company David Roussève/REALITY he has created thirteen full-length works that have toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America; including three critically and popularly successful commissions for BAM’s Next Wave Festival. For his choreography of Love Songs Roussève was awarded a “Bessie” Award.
Roussève received a Guggenheim Fellowship to create 2009’s Saudade. The piece toured to major spaces throughout the U.S. (including REALITY’s debut at Jacob’s Pillow) and received the 2009 LA Horton Awards, for Best Choreography and Best Company Performance. Roussève’s other awards include the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Dance, two Irvine Fellowships, seven consecutive NEA Fellowships, “First Place: Choreography” at the IMZ Int’l Dance Film Festival, and another Horton Award for his evening-length solo The Year Chat, which LA Weekly called “One of the Ten Best Performance Events of 2001.”
David’s commissions for other companies include the 2013 piece Dumbo (a reimagining of the original, set in a public school) for Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels. He has also created works for Ririe-Woodbury; Cleo Parker Robinson; Ballet Hispanico (in collaboration with salsa great Eddie Palmieri); Atlanta Ballet (with a live performance by the 100-member Morehouse College Glee Club); and Houston Ballet (with a live playing of Copland’s Appalachian Spring). In 2006 Roussève spent 7 weeks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan creating Ecstasy of the Pomegranate for Ilkhom Theater company.
In 2012 David premiered his third dance film, “Two Seconds After Laughter” which he directed, wrote, co-produced, and co-choreographed. Filmed in Java by Stardust collaborator Cari Ann Shim Sham* and with the support of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Two Seconds… has screened in India, Mexico, Australia, Egypt, Canada, Italy, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, and across the US. The film was awarded Best Experimental Short at the New Orleans Film Festival, Best Film at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Best Film at the Delta Int’l Film Festival. It was a finalist for the Jury Award at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and at Italy’s Souq Film Festival. David’s writing has been published in collections by Bantam Books and Routledge Press and he was twice a screenwriting Fellow in the prestigious Sundance Feature Film Development Lab.
David has also served on the faculties of Princeton University, Bates Dance Festival, Columbia College, Randolph-Macon, and UC Berkeley Extension. From 2004-07 David was the first artist to sit on the Board of Directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.