David Rousseve
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David Rousseve

David Roussève is an American choreographer, writer, director and filmmaker. He founded his company, David Roussève/REALITY in 1988[1] and has since choreographed, written and directed 14 evening-length works[2] for the group. His latest work for REALITY, Halfway to Dawn[3] premiered in October 2018 at REDCAT in Los Angeles before touring nationally and internationally.[4]

Roussève has commissioned work for a plethora of renowned companies including Ballet Hispanico, Dancing Wheels Company, Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, Dance Alloy, Ilkhom Theatre Company of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, among others.[5] In 2017, he choreographed "Lost in the Stars" (Kurt Weil) for SITI Company and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.[6] Roussève's work "Enough?" a 2016 commission for San Francisco's RAWDance, was performed at LA's Ford Theater by Lula Washington Dance Theater in 2018.[7]

Roussève graduated magna cum laude[8] from Princeton in 1981[9] as a Guggenheim Fellow for Creative Arts.[10] Awards he has received include a Bessie[11] seven consecutive National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, three LA Horton awards, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Dance, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, a Creative Capital Fellowship and two Irvine Fellowships in Dance.[6]

In 1996, Roussève joined the faculty of UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Choreography.[6] He has also served as Associate Dean (2014-2015),[12] Acting Dean (2015) and Interim Dean (2015-2017) for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.[13]


  1. ^ "David Roussève | Double Exposure". rawdance-doublex.org.
  2. ^ "David Roussève/REALITY, West Hollywood, United States". Google Arts & Culture.
  3. ^ "A Life Lived "Halfway To Dawn": David Roussève Celebrates Jazz Legend Billy Strayhorn". October 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Choreographer David Roussève shines a light on Duke Ellington's unsung arranger Billy Strayhorn at a REDCAT premiere". Los Angeles Times. October 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Award-winning choreographer David Roussève blends jazz, dance, and design in his newest work". www.vtnews.vt.edu.
  6. ^ a b c "David Roussève". www.wacd.ucla.edu.
  7. ^ "Dance Preview: LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE (Ford Amphitheatre)". www.stageandcinema.com.
  8. ^ "The Power of Being Present | Arts NC State". arts.ncsu.edu.
  9. ^ "Princetonians: Dance Movement". Princeton Alumni Weekly. October 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Stardust to Strayhorn: Twenty Years of David Roussève". October 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Award Archive".
  12. ^ "David Roussève new associate dean, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture". UCLA.
  13. ^ "David Roussève named interim dean of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture". UCLA.

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