photo: Valerie Oliveiro

David Roussève / REALITY

 

about

current works

past works

video

reviews / features

calendar

booking /contact

links

home

 

List of Works Choreographed
(1987-Present)

2018

“Halfway to Dawn: The Strayhorn Project”
Choreographed, Written, Directed by David Rousseve
Music by Billy Strayhorn
Video by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Sound Design by d. Sabela Grimes
Lighting Design Chris Kuhl
Dramaturgy by Lucy Burns

2016

“Enough?”
Choreographed, Written by David Roussève
Commissioned and Performed by RAWDance
Video: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Music: Aretha Franklin

2014

Stardust
(evening-length)
Choreographed, Written, Directed by David Roussève
Video: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Music: D. Sabela Grimes

2012

Two Seconds After Laughter
Dance for Camera (16 minutes)
Directed, Co-Choreographed, Written by David Roussève
Cinematography and Edit: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Co-Choreographer, lead performer: Sri Susilowati
Music: Yohanes Subowo

2009

Saudade
(evening-length)
Commissioned by UCLA Live, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Choreography, Text, Direction by David Roussève
Set Design: Peter Melville
Lighting Design: David Ferri
Video: Ashley Hunt
Sound Design: David Karagianis
Music: Various, Portuguese Fado
Costume: Leah Piehl

2006                       

Ecstasy of the Pomegranate
(evening-length)
Commissioned by and for Ilkhom Theater Company, Tashkent Uzbekistan
Choreography: David Roussève
Director: Mark Weil           
Composer: Artem Kim
Set Design: Bobur Ismailov, Vasily Jurev
Digital imagery/animation: Nikolay Leonov, Boris Gafurov                       

2005                       

Bittersweet
Dance For the Camera (15 minutes).
Directed, choreographed, and written by David Roussève
Videography  and editing: Roberta Shaw
Produced by David Roussève and Roberta Shaw
Music: Nina Simone
View video excerpt

Jumping the Broom
Commissioned by and for Giselle Mason’s No Boundaries Project
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Music: Nat King Cole

Walking on Clouds
Commissioned by and for Cleveland Contemporary and Dancing Wheels companies
Choreography, text, direction, music lyrics by David Rousseve
Music: The Kinks, Louis Armstrong, Otis Redding, Billy Strayhorn
View video excerpt

2002

Twenty Four Hours in Birmingham
Commissioned by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver).
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Music: Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, the Temptations, Tina Turner

2001

The Ten Year Chat
(evening-length)
Solo with video.
Choreographed, written, directed by David Roussève
Music: Pop Collage
View video excerpt

1999

Simple Gifts
Commissioned by and for the Houston Ballet
Choreography and text  by David Roussève
Music: Aaron Copland
View video excerpt

1999

Somethin’ from Nothin’
Commissioned by and for Ballet Hispanico. 
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Original score: Eddie Palmieri
View video excerpt

1998

Love Songs
(evening-length)
Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Columbia College (Chicago), On the Boards (Seattle), Arizona State University, for David Roussève/REALITY
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Performed by David Roussève/REALITY
Music:  Wagner, Brahams, Pucinni, Saint-Saëns
Lighting: Beverly Emmons
Sets: Debbie Lee Cohen
View video excerpt

1997

Bittersweet Chocolates
Commissioned by and for Ririe Woodbury Dance Company (Salt Lake City)
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Music:  Wagner

1996

When Dreams Explode
Commissioned by and for Ballet Hispanico, NYC
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Music:  Selena

1996

Love Stories
Commissioned by and for the Dance Alloy (Pittsburgh)
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns

1996

Yello'-Tailed Dogs
Commissioned by and for The Atlanta Ballet
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Music: Traditional spirituals performed live by the Morehouse College Glee Club, Etta James, rap music with vocals written and recorded by David Roussève
View video excerpt

1995

The Whispers of Angels
(evening length)
Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Walker Art Center, Performing Arts Chicago, UC Berkeley, and Pennsylvania State University
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Performed by REALITY and 25 members of local communities                       
Music: Me'Shell NdegeOcello (original), Nina Simone
Music vocals also written and performed by: David Roussève
Set: Debbie Lee Cohen
Lighting: Beverly Emmons
View video excerpts

1994

Pop Dreams
(evening length)
Lincoln Center's "Serious Fun" Festival, LaMama ETC.
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Performed by REALITY
Music: Pop Collage
Set design:  Debbie Lee Cohen

1993

Dry Each Other's Tears in the Stillness of the Night
Commissioned by and for the Cleo Parker  Robinson Dance Theater, Denver Co.
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Music: Public Enemy, Jackie Wilson

The Neighbors From Hell/Pig in the Blanket
Commissioned by and for Xenon Dance Co. (Minneapolis)
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Music: Nat King Cole

Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams
(evening length)
Commissioned by The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, The Walker Art Center, Performing Arts Chicago, Columbia College of Chicago
Choreography , text, and direction by David Roussève
Performed by REALITY, one guest actor/singer, a gospel choir, and chorus of 25 community members
Music: Ysaye Barnwell
Set design: Debbie Lee Cohen
View video excerpt

1992

Crossings
Commissioned by and for The Dance Alloy (Pittsburgh)
Choreography, text and direction by David Roussève
Performed by Dance Alloy and local gospel choir
Music: Ysaye Barnwell

Tellin' You my Dreams from a Cloud Sailin'by
(evening length)
Performed in two spaces on one evening with a Creole meal at intermission
Commissioned byPerformance Space 122 and Danspace Projects
Choreography, text and direction by David Roussève
Performed by by REALITY and Lavender Light: the Gay and Lesbian Black and People of all Color Gospel Choir

1991

Had Me Somebody But I Lost Her Very Young
(evening-length)
Commissioned by New York's Dancing in the Streets and Los Angeles' First Impressions 
Choreography and Text by David Rousseve
Performed by REALITY and six LA-based dancers  
Created site-specific for Los Angeles' Bradbury Building

Caged Birds Singin' in the Pale MoonlightPhoenix Rep. Co., University of Maryland Baltimore County
Choreography and text by David Roussève

Colored Children Flyin' By
(evening length)
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Performed by REALITY
Music: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, Queen Latifah

1990

Mama Goes to the Moon
Commissioned by Mollie Davies and LaMama
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Score written and performed live by: Edwina Lee Tyler
Film/Projections: Mollie Davies

Pull Your Head to the Moon...Tales of Creole Women
(evening length)
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Music: Leontyne Price, Aretha Franklin, James Brown

Pighead in the Dining Room:  Creoles, Civil Rights and Blood Sausage
(evening-length solo)
Premiered at Henry Street Settlement
Choreography, text, and performance by  David Roussève
Video created by David Roussève and Brian Moran

1987

Silent Dreams
Choreography by David Roussève, Benoit LaChambre , andMary Ting
Performed by David Roussève, Benoit LaChambre, and Mary Ting
Visual Design: Mary Ting

Journey to the Nonexistent Enchanted Air Gardens
(solo)
Premiered at The Toronto Dance Theater
Choreography, text, direction, and performance by David Roussève
Music:  Maria Callas, Marvin Gaye

 

CHOREOGRAPHY (Television/Film)

2005

Bittersweet
Dance For the Camera (15 minutes).
Directed, choreographed, written by David Roussève
Videography  and editing: Roberta Shaw
Produced by David Roussève and Roberta Shaw
Music: Nina Simone
View video excerpt

Dancing Without Boundaries
Documentary for Cleveland Public Television that included interview and excerpts of work by David Roussève

2000

BrotherMen
Feature length documentary on five AfricanAmerican male artists
Directed by Demitria Royals
(national airing on PBS)

1997

Positive: Life with HIV
(PBS, national)
A series of four one-hour programs that provided  a forum on and about those affected and/or infected by HIV, featuring original and excerpted choreography by David Roussève

1995

MTV
(Brazil)
Focus on REALITY/interview with Roussève

PBS/NYC, City Arts: 'Whispers of Angels'

WABC/NYC, Views: 'Whispers of Angels'

MTV
(U.S.A.)
MTV NEWS (Segment on collaboration with Me'Shell NdegeOcello)

1994

French Public Television: 
Festival Biennale de Danse/REALITY

German Public Television:
Festival Biennale de Danse/REALITY.

1993

BBC
(Manchester, England)
Showcase on David Roussève

German Public Television
(national broadcast): Documentary  on REALITY at the Hamburg Theater Festival

1992

Pull Your Head to the Moon...  Stories of Creole Women
Commissioned by Alive TV (PBS)
Conceived, choreographed and written by David Roussève
Director/editor: Ayoka Chenzira
Performed by REALITY
Produced by Elise Bernhardt and Joe Melillo

PBS/NYC, Eye on Dance. Interview with David Roussève with highlights of work

PBS/NYC, A Day Without Art
Excerpts from REALITY works

1991

ABC (National) "Story of A People
Portraits of African American Artists"