Work

Sally Rousse served as ASI Artist-In-Residence from June 11— July 13, 2014.  Rousse was ‘on display’ in the historic Turnblad Mansion, where museum visitors were welcomed to adventure into the world of a dance artist, experiencing present time life of a practicing dancer/choreographer – warming up, taking class, choreographing, rehearsing, sewing shoes, scheduling, having costume fittings, communicating, building a barre.

Rogue ballet dancer Sally Rousse and theater innovator Noah Bremer partner with the American Swedish Institute to explore the nooks and crannies of the Turnblad Mansion in KOM HIT! (Come Here!) — a world premiere dance-theater piece inspired by Sweden’s literary father, August Strindberg, and his obsession with gender imbalance, class inequality and a morose disquietude of the heart. The audience is completely immersed in this modern reimagining of Strindberg’s world as they follow characters from room to room throughout the Turnblad Mansion.

A duet for dancer and cellist. Oddly percussive virtuosity by the cellist is echoed in the dancer. “People refer to this dance as the one where I am like a wolf, a vicious loner, angsty, deer-like. I let loose the rawness of the pointe shoe, it’s lethal, dangerous qualities, playing with off-balance, velocity, slipperiness, sound, improvisation, Butoh-inspired face and mouth, and then I tap into the exquisite lush waltz sections with all the heart a beast can muster.” 

Inspired by unusual brains, autism, the insights of Temple Grandin and the artistry of Nadia, an autistic child who loved horses, trickpony brings together the wide-ranging talents of Chelsea Bacon and Sally Rousse. An aerial romp through the brain. 

A lifelong infatuation with twindom  produced this quintet, featuring bouts of synchronized dancing, simian movement and partnering. The mood is somber, focused, and quirky.

Drawing from a wide palette of movement and an appetite for extreme theatrical moods, Paramount to My Footage dives into historical fiction and the worlds of celebrity and privacy, grappling with what it is to be known and to know others—over time and distance, through love, fame, death, and rivalry. In creating the piece, Sally Rousse looked to “the inner cartoon balloon commentaries” that run through her head to reinvent her story, appropriate that of others, and turn an optimistic eye to the future.

What a blast we had making this film. Actually, there are 4-5 little films. Shot mainly at and around the Burnham house by Katinka Gallanos.

Inspired by unusual brains, autism, the insights of Temple Grandin and the artistry of Nadia, an autistic child who loved horses, trickpony brings together the wide-ranging talents of Chelsea Bacon and Sally Rousse. An aerial romp through the brain. 

This dance was created specifically for Sally by Mad King Thomas. It appeared in Love Me, Love My Questionable Art, the City Pages' Best Dance Performance of 2009. The piece investigated the nature of inspiration, appreciation and performance.

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THIS MACHINE, in association with Bad and Nasty’s “Not My President's Day" 

Diverse performers, artists, thinkers, and makers of all kinds from Minneapolis, around the country and the world come together to redefine our public space from one of singular and stagnant violence and isolation to one of connection, complexity and motion in repsonse to the recent election.

 

THIS MACHINE: Not My President's Day involved public, site-specific performances that will began in various sites in the Twin Cities, moved onto public transit lines, and culminated at The Red Stag Supperclub (thank you, Kim Bartmann!) for an evening of performance, conversation, and shared food and drink. Priority was given to women, POC, immigrants, LGBTQ and the disabled. Performers included Canrage: The Executioner, DOSH, Angelique Lele, Gabriel Roderick, The Florists, Mary Moore Easter, Betty Tisel and hte Uprisingers, DJ Zebruh, Young Dance, Shohei Iwahama, and Farrwell, among many others who heeded the call to take up space together for integrity, empowerment, and humanity. Through art, embodiment, and activation of public space, we will resist, we will commune, we will build THIS MACHINE.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1802821339984710/