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With deepest sympathies for Mr. Roussève and his family, we have rescheduled his community conversation. The Wednesday, March 19 event has been canceled and re-scheduled to an intimate pre-show chat with Mr. Roussève on Saturday, March 22 from 7-7:30pm in the Green Room at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

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An acclaimed artist, David Roussève is a Princeton University graduate (Politics, Theater and Dance, and Africa Studies) who has received numerous accolades and awards for his work in the arts. His hard-hitting (yet deeply human), multi-cultural, multi-discplinary dance theatre troupe, David Roussève / REALITY is coming to Cincinnati from Los Angeles via Contemporary Dance Theater.

As a pre-cursor to their performance of Stardust (a modern coming-of-age story of an unseen, urban, gay, black teen), we invite you to join Urban Impressario’s Derek Peebles and Contemporary Dance Theater’s Jefferson James, in a conversation with David Roussève about Stardust and his body of work.

We will focus on the ways Mr. Roussève’s work strives to use African American traditional, spiritual, and pop/hip hop cultures within an avant garde context, while also commenting on the social world around us. We will view video of his work and discuss how dance theatre can create social dialogue while being both avant garde and grounded in African American culture.


Wednesday, March 19’s event has been cancelled.

Creating Social Commentary with African American Dance:

A Conversation with David Roussève

Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:00-7:30pm
Recommended arrival by 6:45pm
Aronoff Center, Green Room (ask ushers & staff),
650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Please RSVP to cdt-dance.org/conversationrsvp (above) today!


David Roussève / REALITY
at the Aronoff Center for the Arts

Friday & Saturday, March 21 & 22, 2014

Free meet-the-artists Q&A reception following Friday’s performance ($5 donation suggested)
Intimate Conversation with Mr. Roussève before Saturday’s performance, 7-7:30pm Green Room (please arrive by 6:45pm)
In-theater Q&A following Saturday’s performance
Masterclass for Dancers Saturday morning, March 21

More information at cdt-dance.org/14rousseve

PARENTAL ADVISORY FOR THE MARCH 21 & 22 PERFORMANCE: While the stage action is not graphic, the actual performances of Stardust are not recommended for children due to explicit language, references to abuse, sexual references, and other content of serious nature.

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The Contemporary Dance Theater Guest Artist Series is sponsored by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and is supported by the thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Support also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Contemporary Dance Theater is also supported by The Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts. Media sponsorship provided by CityBeat.

Stardust was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Peak Performances at Montclair State University. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network Performance Residency Program. Major contributions include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Stardust was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Met Life Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the University of CA Institute for Research in the Arts, and the UCLA Faculty Research Grants program.