David Dawson

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British choreographer, David Dawson is one of the most respected names amongst the younger generation of dance-makers working in the classical ballet idiom 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 critics and audiences worldwide. His works have entered the repertoires of many ballet companies, and have also been performed in more than 25 countries. He received the Prix Benois de la Danse Award in 2002, the Choo San Goh Award in 2004, and Russia's highest theater prize, the Golden Mask Award in 2005 - all three as Best Choreographer. Born in London, he attended the Rona Hart School of Dance, Arts Educational School and The Royal Ballet School, winning the prestigious Prix Professionel at the Prix de Lausanne competition on the year of his graduation. He then went on to dance with Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Ballett Frankfurt, performing all over the world leading roles in the entire classical repertoire, neo-classical and modern repertoire, in particular the works of George Balanchine and William Forsythe, and working with choreographers including Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, Hans van Manen, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Bruce, Wayne Eagling, Ted Brandsen, Mauro Bigonzetti and Itzik Gallili. Between 2004 and 2009 Dawson was named Resident Choreographer for the Dutch National Ballet and the Dresden Semperoper Ballet, and since 2010, he has been Choreographer in Residence with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Dawson has created numerous ballets internationally, his most significant works include his full-length Giselle, dancingmadlybackwards, The Third Light, Faun(e), The World According to Us, On the Nature of Daylight, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion, The Disappeared, The Gentle Chapters, Reverence, Morning Ground, 00:00, The Grey Area and A Million Kisses to my Skin. Dawson's latest choreography, timelapse/(Mnemosyne), saw its world premiere with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam during the Holland Festival in 2011. He is currently working on his newest creation, day4, which will have its world premiere on 15 February 2012 as part of Present/s, one the 50th Anniversary celebrations performances of the Dutch National Ballet.