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David Dawson



David Dawson in action.
David Dawson in rehearsal for The Human Seasons, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

British choreographer David Dawson trained at The Royal Ballet School and created his first work for The Royal Ballet, The Human Seasons, in 2013.

Dawson was born in London. He trained at the Rona Hart School of Dance, Arts Educational School and The Royal Ballet School and danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Ballett Frankfurt before focussing on choreography. Dawson has been Resident Choreographer for DNB, Semperoper Ballet and Royal Ballet of Flanders, and is currently an Associate Artist of DNB. His full-length ballets include Tristan + Isolde, Swan Lake and Giselle. Other significant works include A Million Kisses to My Skin, Empire Noir, Faun(e), day4, The Third Light, Morning Ground, The Disappeared, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion, Citizen Nowhere, On the Nature of Daylight, The World According to Us, Styx, dancingmadlybackwards, 5, Opus.11 and the acclaimed timelapse/(Mnemosyne). With Reverence he became the first British choreographer to create a ballet for Mariinsky Ballet. His works have been performed by such leading ballet companies as Berlin State Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet National de Marseille, English National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Toulouse, and Vienna State Opera Ballet.

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), and he has been nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award and the Golden Swan Award.

News and features

Watch: Discovering choreographer David Dawson’s ballets

7 March 2017
Watch: Discovering choreographer David Dawson’s ballets

Videos from international dance companies give an insight into what makes this pioneering British choreographer so exciting.

Ballet Essentials: The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern

2 March 2017
Ballet Essentials: <em>The Human Seasons</em> / <em>After the Rain</em> / <em>Flight Pattern</em>

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of compelling contemporary ballet.

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

24 February 2017
How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

Several world-class choreographers began their training with The Royal Ballet School – how do they grow the dance-makers of the future?