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David Dawson
May 7, 2018
Portrait of the choreographer David Dawson by Patrick Wamsganz

Born in London, David Dawson began his training at the Rona Hart School of Dance and The Royal Ballet School. In 1991 he won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and the same year he was offered a contract by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He joined the English National Ballet in 1994 as a soloist, and a year later moved to Amsterdam to perform with Dutch National Ballet. Subsequently, he joined Ballet Frankfurt in 2000, where he worked with William Forsythe and performed for two more years before deciding to devote his time to creating his own new works.

David Dawson is one of the leading dance makers working in classical ballet today. His personal choreographic style transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works are atmospheric, emotionally physical, abstract/narrative pieces that have been praised by critis and audiences worldwide. He has created numerous ballets internationally, including his full-length creations of Tristan + Isolde, Swan Lake and Giselle. Amongts other significant works are A Million Kisses to my Skin, Empire Noir, The Human Seasons, Day4, The Third Light

Dawson’s awards include a Benois de la Danse Award (The Grey Area), a Choo San Goh Award (The Gentle Chapters) and a Golden Mask Award (Reverence).

Douglas Lee
May 7, 2018
Portrait of the choreographer Douglas Lee