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David Rousseve named Associate Dean

An accomplished choreographer, writer, director, dancer, and actor, David joined the faculty of the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in 1996 and served as the Department Chair from 2003-6. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Theater, Dance and African Studies. David has served on the faculty at Princeton University, Columbia College, and Randolph Macon College, among others.

David is Artistic Director of David Roussève/REALITY, a dance/theater company that has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. For REALITY, he has written, directed, and choreographed 13 full-length works since 1988, including three commissions for the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Roussève’s latest work, Stardust, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a transcendent coming-of-age tale of universality, aspiration and identity.” Stardust premiered at the Radar LA Festival at REDCAT Theater in September 2013, and has toured nationally to critical acclaim.

Roussève has created 11 commissions for other companies including Ballet Hispanico, Dancing Wheels, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Dance Alloy, and Ilkhom Theater Company of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has created three short films including 2012’s Two Seconds After Laughter for which he served as director, writer, and co-choreographer. The film has won or been a finalist for 13 festival awards including five for best short.

In addition to a Guggenheim Fellowship, Roussève’s awards include a “Bessie” (N.Y. Dance and Performance Award), three LA Horton Awards, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Dance, seven consecutive Fellowships from the NEA, and First Place Screen Choreography award at the IMZ International Dance Film Festival. As a writer, David was twice a Fellow in the Sundance Feature Film Development program Screenwriter’s Lab. His writing has been published in Bantam Press’ Rants and Raves from Today’s Top Performance Artists, and Rutledge Press’ Envisioning dance on Film.

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