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David Roussève: Director, Writer, Co-Choreographer, Co-Producer

David Roussève–a director/choreographer/writer/performer for both stage and screen–is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow. 

As filmmaker, in 2011 Roussève directed, wrote and co-choreographed the dance film Two Seconds After Laughter; filmed in Java with the participation of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta. Two Seconds will have its world premiere at the 2012 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. In 2005 he directed, wrote, and choreographed the dance film Bittersweet, which was also shown at Dance on Camera where it had a sold-out screening at Lincoln Center and was mentioned by the NY Times as a strong contender for the Best of Festival Award.  In 1992 Rousseve wrote, choreographed, and performed lead in the short film Pull Your Head to the Moon… tales of Creole Women, created in collaboration with director Ayoka Chenzira.  Pull… was commissioned by and aired nationally on the PBS series Alive TV and received the Best Screen Choreography Award at the prestigious IMZ International Dance Film Festival.  Other film credits include the documentary Brothermen (by director Demetria Royals and aired nationally on PBS), and the choreography for Positive: Life With HIV (five hour-long segments aired on PBS).   Roussève recently completed the screenplay for a feature film version of his award-winning dance/theater work Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams.  The screenplay was created through the Sundance Institute’s prestigious Feature Film Development Labs, where Roussève was twice a fellow.

In 1989 Roussève created REALITY, a multi-racial dance/theater company that grew to become one of the most important voices in contemporary American dance. REALITY has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and South America, and was commissioned three times by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival where REALITY was a critical and popular success.  In 2009 the company premiered Saudade: a full-evening dance/theater work juxtaposing Portuguese fado music, world dance, postmodern dance, stories of southern African Americans, and projected video imagery.  Saudade toured to major spaces throughout the U.S. and received two L.A. Horton Dance Awards including Best Choreography, 2009.

Roussève’s has created commissioned works for Houston Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, Ririe Woodbury, Ballet Hispanico (with Salsa great Eddie Palmieri), Pittsburgh’s Dance Alloy (with Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Barnwell), and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater. In 2006 he premiered a full-length work created in collaboration with Ilkhom Theater company of Tashkent, Uzbekistan (where Roussève spent two months in 2006). Ecstasy of the Pomegranate is based in part on the visual art of Usto Mimin and  chronicles the now-gone Uzbek tradition of ‘bocha’ (often called ‘dancing’ or ‘geisha’) boys.

As a writer Roussève wrote the book for the Billy Strayhorn/Luther Henderson musical Rose Colored Glasses (commissioned by LA’s Center Theater Group in 2004) and his writing has been published in Bantam Press’ Rants and Raves from Today’s Top Performance Artists, and Routledge Press’ Envisioning Dance on Film.

Awards include a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award, three L.A. Horton Awarda, a Creative Capitol Fellowship, two Irvine Fellowships in Dance, a California Arts Council Fellowship, the CalArts/Alpert Award in Dance, seven consecutive fellowships from the NEA, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. 

David is Full Professor of Choreography and former Chair in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

 

Cari Ann Shim Sham*: Cinematographer, Editor, co-Producer 

Cari Ann Shim Sham* is a filmmaker, editor, dancer and musician. With 30+ films in her pocket, she walks the line between the film festival circuit and the dance film world.

Always working on a film, she loves to teach and advocate for education.  In 2009, Cari Ann authored a ten lesson video and photography toolkit for the worldwide participation of students in the multi-platform participatory media project & feature doc, One Day on Earth, which she is currently working on as an editor. www.onedayonearth.org  

Her writing on Dance Film is published in the International Journal of Screndance and she was a guest speaker at the Dance Camera West 10th Anniversary conference in 2010 and also programs a dance film showcase for the Topanga Film Festival.

Her film SAND is a featured film in the 2011 Docuweeks August program at Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, a qualifier for the Academy Awards as well as a finalist in the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, Official Selection at Austin Film Festival and Best Director from First Glance Film Festival, Best Mini Documentary from St. Louis International Film Festival and Best Short Documentary from the Oxford Film Festival.   

She’s taught workshops in Dance Film in Malaysia, Java, Indonesia and UC Riverside and teaches Dance for Camera and Social Media at UCLA in the World Arts & Cultures Department, her alma mater.  www.cariannshimsham.com

 

Sri Susilowati: Co-Choreographer, Lead Performer, Inspiration for the Film’s Narrative

Two Seconds After Laughter is based on the life of Sri Susilowati, a choreographer from Indonesia who has choreographed extensively in the U.S. and Indonesia. Sri founded and directed Sri Dance Company, a dance group that creates and performs contemporary works on the subjects of community, gender, and ethnicity through dance and multi-media. Sri also founded the group, Harsanari (Old Javanese for “Dancing Joy”) based in San Francisco.

Sri has performed as a solo dancer and with her group throughout the United States, Europe, and South America including at the Kennedy Center, the Symphony Space, TanzTangente, Pier 59, the Palace of Fine Arts, Brisas del Titicaca, Highways Performance Space, the Ivar Theater, the Barnsdall Theatre, the Deaf West Theatre, the Electric Lodge, Jacob’s Pillow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Dance Center of Columbia College, Freud Playhouse, and a variety of universities and other local venues. The Dance Documentation Project filmed her workshops and performances for the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum. Sri’s other projects include producing the annual Dancing in the Margins Festival, a project consisting of community workshops and an opportunity for world dance choreographers to develop and present their contemporary work in a professional setting.

She has been the recipient of many fellowships and distinctions including City of Los Angeles Artist-in-Residence (AIR) grants from 2005 to 2009 and a 2006 COLA grant, the Puffin Foundation grant, the James Irvine Foundation 2006 Dance: Creation to Performance grant, the Global Citizenship Initiative grant, the Alma Hawkins Choreographic Award, the Lester Horton Dance Award, the Rainbow Award from the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, and National American College Dance Festival finalist. Sri received her BFA from Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta and MFA from UCLA. Her current and recent artistic projects have included producing and directing the Dancing in the Margins Festival, creating new work for CounterPulse, touring with David Rousseve/Reality in his new work, Saudade. Sri currently teaches at Santa Monica College.

 

 

Two Seconds After Laughter

Description

Bios

Screenings and awards

Credits

Tech information for screenings

Images

Trailer

Press pack (PDF download)

 

Two Seconds After Laughter

Description

Bios

Screenings and awards

Credits

Tech information for screenings

Images

Trailer

Press pack (PDF download)