He possibly arrived and settled in Cape Town some time after 1807, setting up a shop at 38 Hout Street (sometimes listed as 33 Loop Street). He soon became an informed member of the cultural elite in Cape Town, apparently knowing everyone and everything. He was a friend of C.E. Boniface and went on to become a strong supporter of Dutch aspirations and Dutch theatre. In his case he appears to have created something of a theatrical dynasty, with the names C.A. Rouvière, L.A. Rouvière and J.P. Rouvière featuring as dancers and performers in Dutch productions circa 1825.
He (and his family?) seemingly left the Cape in August 1826, because of his wife's ill-health, and settled in the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet.
His contribution to South African theatre and performance
His shop also served as a ticket office for theatre productions, inter alia those of Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.
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