(2018) Halfway to Dawn (evening-length)

Commissioned by ArtPower at UC San Diego, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh), Krannert Center (U of IL), NC State LIVE (Raleigh), REDCAT
Choreographed, Written, Directed by: David Roussève
Performed by: David Roussève/REALITY
Music: Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington
Video Art: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Sound Design: d. Sabela Grimes
Lighting: Chris Kuhl
Dramaturg: Lucy Burns

 

(2018, 2016) Enough?

Commissioned by and for RAWDance
Written and Choreographed by: David Roussève
Video Art: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Performed by RAWDance

 

(2018, 2005) Jumping the Broom

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

 

(2017) Lost in the Stars (evening-length)

(Dramatization of Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country)
Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Music by: Kurt Weill
Directed by: Anne Bogart
Choreographed by: David Roussève
Music conducted by: Jeffrey Kahane
Music Performed by: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

 

(2014) Stardust (evening-length dance/theater)

Commissioned by Krannert Center (Univ. of IL Urbana-Champange); Peak Performances (Montclair State Univ.); Clarice Smith Center (Univ. of Maryland).
Choreographed, Written, Directed by David Roussève.
Performed by David Roussève/REALITY
Video Art: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Sound: d. Sabela Grimes
Dramaturgy: Lucy Burns
Lighting: Chris Kuhl

 

(2013) Daring to be Dumbo (evening-length dance/theater)

Commissioned by and for Dancing Wheels Company (Cleveland)
Choreographed and Written by David Roussève
Music: Live playing of score from Dumbo Film

 

(2012) Two Seconds After Laughter (dance film)

Filmed in Java in residency at Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta
Directed, written, co-choreographed by David Roussève
Cinematography, editing by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Produced by David Roussève and Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Co-Choreographed by Sri Susilowati (on whose life film is based)
Music by Yohanes Suboowo
Sound by T.K. Broderick
Principal Performers: Sri Susilowati, Daruni, Erlina Pantja, Nunik Widiasih, Heni     Winahyuningsih

 

(2010) For J.M. 

Choreographed and Performed by David Roussève
Music: Billy Strayhorn

 

(2010) Bittersweet Chocolates (update of work originally choreographed in 1996)

Commissioned and performed by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Salt Lake City
Choreographed, Written by David Roussève
Music: Wagner

 

(2009) Saudade (evening-length)

Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center, UCLA/Live, Clarice Smith Performing Arts
Choreography, text, direction by: David Roussève
Performed by David Roussève/REALITY
Set Design: Peter Melville
Video: Ashley Hunt
Lighting: David Ferri
Sound Design: David Karagianis
Music:  A collage of Traditional Portuguese fado.

 

(2008) Socrates Wannabe Waterhead Boy (solo)

Created as County of Los Angeles Fellowship Project
Written, Directed, Choreographed, and Performed by David Roussève
Set Design:  Peter Melville
Sound Design: David Karagianis
Music: Collage including B.B. King, Kanye West, Sam Cooke

 

(2006) Ecstasy of the Pomegranate (evening-length)

Commissioned by and for Ilkhom Theater Company, Tashkent Uzbekistan
Choreography: David RoussèveDirector: Mark Weil
Composer: Artem Kim
Set Design: Bobur Ismailov, Vasily Jurev
Digital imagery/animation: Nikolay Leonov, Boris Gafurov

 

(2005) Bittersweet (Dance Film) 

Directed, Choreographed, written by David Roussève
Videography and editing: Roberta Shaw
Produced by David Roussève and Roberta Shaw
Music:  Nina Simone

 

(2005) 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

 

(2004) Rose Colored Glasses (in-progress)

Written by David Roussève (adapted from original book by Billy Strayhorn/Luther Henderson)
Directed, Choreographed by David Roussève
Score by Billy Henderson and Luther Henderson

 

(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)

Choreographed, written, directed, and performed by David Roussève
Music:  Pop Collage
Lighting: David Ferri

 

(1999) Simple Gifts

Commissioned by and for the Houston Ballet.
Choreography and text  by David Roussève
Music:  Aaron Copland

 

(1999) Somethin’ from Nothin’

Commissioned by and for Ballet Hispanico
Choreography and text by David Roussève
Original score: Eddie Palmieri

 

(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

 

(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

 

(1995) The Whispers of Angels (evening length)

Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Walker  Art Center, Performing Arts Chicago, U.C.Berkeley, 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

 

(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)
Choreography, text, direction by David Roussève
Music: Public Enemy, Jackie Wilson

 

(1993) 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

 

(1992) 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

 

(1992) Pull Your Head to the Moon...  Stories of Creole Women (Dance Film)

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

 

(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

 

(1991) 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
Lighting Design: David Ferri
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, a gospel singer, and six LA-based dancers
Created site-specific for Los Angeles' Bradbury  Building.

 

(1990) Caged Birds Singin' in the Pale Moonlight/Women Grow Apart            

Phoenix Rep. Co., University of Maryland Baltimore County
Choreography and text by David Roussève

 

(1990) 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
Lighting Design: David Ferri

 

(1990) Mana Goes to the Moon (full length)

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

 

(1989) 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

 

(1988) Pig head 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, and Mary Ting
Performed by David Roussève, Benoit LaChambre, and Mary Ting
Visual Design: Mary Ting

 

(1985) 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