Sally Rousse

Artist-In-Residence at the American Swedish Institute

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.

Protective Coloring for Pointe and Cello

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. 

Paramount to My Footage

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.

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