Artist Projects


David Rousseve

Saudade is a dance-theater work combining storytelling, video imagery and Portuguese Fado music. Written, directed and choreographed by David Rousseve, the piece uses African American history as a lens through which to explore “bittersweetness” as a single moment when the greatest of joy and agony are experienced simultaneously. As a way of embodying conversations on global cooperation and American isolationism, Saudade is performed by “postmodernists” as well as practitioners of world dance forms including Indonesian, Bharata Natyam and West African.

Project Updates

  • 2009: Saudade Premieres at the University of Maryland

  • 2008: Rousseve assists an open rehearsal of Saudade at UCLA