David Dawson (1972, London, United Kingdom) was resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet from 2004 to 2006. Since 2015, he has held the position of ‘artistic associate’ with the company.
David Dawson (1972, London, United Kingdom) is one of the leading dance makers working in classical ballet today. His choreography transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works have been praised by critics and audiences worldwide. He was resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet from 2004 to 2006. Since January 1st 2015 he has held the position of Artistic Associate with the company.
In 2000, Dawson created his first large-scale work while he was still a dancer with Dutch National Ballet: A Million Kisses to My Skin. He received a Benois de la Danse award for The Grey Area (2002), which was also created for Dutch National Ballet. In 2005, at the invitation of the Mariinsky Ballet, he created Reverence. He was the first British choreographer to create a work for this company, and he received the Golden Mask Award for the ballet. He won another prestigious award for The Gentle Chapters created for Dutch National Ballet: the Choo San Goh Award in 2006.
For Dutch National Ballet, he created both 00:00 and Morning Ground in 2004, timelapse/(Mnemosyne) in 2011, Day4 in 2012, and Overture in 2013, for which he was nominated for a ‘Zwaan’ award for the best dance production. In 2015 he created Empire Noir, and Citizen Nowhere in 2017.
Dawson was resident choreographer with Semperoper Ballett and the Royal Ballet of Flanders between 2007 until 2012. He created The Four Seasons, On the Nature of Daylight, and full-length ballets Giselle, and Tristan + Isolde for the Semperoper Ballett. He created A Sweet Spell of Oblivion and The Third Light for Royal Ballet of Flanders. He returned to London in 2008 to create his re-imagining of Faun(e) for the English National Ballet, and again in 2013 to create The Human Seasons for The Royal Ballet. In 2016 he created his full-length Swan Lake for Scottish Ballet, and in 2018 he created Anima Animus for San Francisco Ballet.
His ballets have been performed in more than 25 countries and are included in the repertoire of a great many leading companies, including Boston Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Munich Staatsballett, Aalto Ballet Theater Essen, Ballet du Capitole Toulouse, Hungarian National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Ballet National de Marseilles, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Finnish National Ballet and Wiener Staatsballett.
In 2013, Dawson was invited to be a member of the jury for the Benois de la Danse in Moscow, and the Dance Open International Ballet Festival in St Petersburg.
Since 2015 he holds the position of Associate Artist with the Dutch National Ballet. His creations have been introduced to the repertoires of many ballet companies.
Dawson has been invited as a Jury member of the Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow and Dance Open International Ballet Festival in St Petersburg. Since 2019 Dawson has been given the honoured position of Artistic Patron to Junior Ballet Antwerp.
2019, Nomination The Isadora Duncan Award for Achievement in choreography, Anima Animus
2014, Nomination UK Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreographer, The human seasons
2013, Nominated for Golden ‘Zwaan’ for Best New Production, Overture
2010, Benois de la Danse for Best Choreographer, Faun(e)
2010, Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Nominee (United Kingdom) for Best Classical Choreographer, Faun(e)
2006, Golden Mask Award (Russia), Best Choreographer, Reverence
2006, Choo San Goh Choreography Award (China), The Gentle Chapters
2005, Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Nominee (United Kingdom) for Best Classical Choreographer, The Grey Area
2003, Benois de la Danse Choreography Award (Russia), Best Choreographer, The Grey Area
2003, Nominated for Golden ‘Zwaan’ for Best New Production, 00:00
1992, Nominated as Best Newcomer of the season, by Dance & Dancers magazine
1991, Winner of the Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland)
1991, Winner of the Alicia Markova Award
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