British choreographer David Dawson is one of the most respected names 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. Dawson's works have been performed in more than 25 countried and entered repertoires of many ballet companies.
He was honoured with the Prix Benois de la Danse Award for choreography and nominated for the UK Critics' Circle National Dance Award as Best Classical Choreographer for The Grey Area. The process of choreographing this ballet was vividly illustrated in Tim Couchman's ﬁlm 'The Grey Area' in Creation. Dawson created Reverence for the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, for which he was awarded Russia's highest theatre prize for visual art, the Golden Mask Award, as Best Choreographer, and became the ﬁrst British choreographer to create a ballet for this legendary company. He received the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography for The Gentle Chapters and was nominated for the highest dance prize of The Netherlands, The Golden Swan Award, as Best Choreographer for 00:00. For his re-imagining of Faun(e), created for the English National Ballet's Ballets Russes Festival at the Sadler's Wells in London, Dawson has been nominated as Best Classical Choreographer for the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award and the Prix Benois de la Danse Choreography Award. David Dawson and his Faun(e) were featured in the BBC documentary 'For Art’s Sake: The Story of the Ballets Russes'.
Dawson has created numerous ballets internationally, including his full-length Giselle, which had its world premiere at the Semperoper. Amongst other signiﬁcant works are Morning Ground, Das Verschwundene|The Disappeared, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion, On the Nature of Daylight, and The World According to Us and his highly acclaimed timelapse/(Mnemosyne), The Third Light and dancingmadlybackwards.
Between 2004 and 2012 David Dawson was Resident Choreographer for the Dutch National Ballet, the Dresden Semperoper Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. His creations have been introduced to the repertoires of many ballet companies, like Boston Ballet, Ballet National de Marseilles, Het (Dutch) Nationale Ballet, Dresden SemperOper Ballett, English National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, West Australian Ballet, Aalto Ballet Theatre Essen, Slovenian National Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Vienna State Opera Ballet.
David Dawson's latest choreography, day4, set to a special commission from the British composer Greg Haines, had its world premiere as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Dutch National Ballet. Roslyn Sulcas reviewed in the New York Times: "And then there was the revelation of talent that you always hope for on a program like this. "day4", a piece for seven dancers (all marvelous) set to a score by Greg Haines, shows his compositional skill and invention. ... The work is dark, both literally and metaphorically, but also exquisitely, wrenchingly, beautiful; a world of its own that draws you ineluctably within."
This season David Dawson will continue his collaboration with artists Eno Henze, Yumiko Takeshima and Bert Dalhuysen. It will close with two world premieres for two companies he has a special connection with. On 15 June 2013 a new creation to a commissioned score by Szymon Brzoska will be premiered with the Dutch National Ballet during the Holland Festival, and on 10 July 2013 Dawson will present his Opus.11 in a special gala performace at the Semperoper in Germany. Created as 'a love letter' to two of his long-term collaborators, Yumiko Takeshima and Raphaël Coumes-Marquet, this piece is the continuation of Dawson's cooperation with composer Greg Haines.