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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

English 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 and began dancing aged seven, training at the Rona Hart School of Dance, Arts Educational School and The Royal Ballet School. In 1991 he won the Prix de Lausanne and that year entered Birmingham Royal Ballet, moving to English National Ballet in 1994 and Dutch National Ballet in 1995. Dawson's first major creation for DNB was A Million Kisses to my Skin (2000). He subsequently joined Ballett Frankfurt, where he performed for two years before focusing on choreography. Dawson has been Resident Choreographer for Semperoper Ballet, DNB and Royal Ballet of Flanders. His works include a full-length Giselle, Opus.11, The World According to Us, On the Nature of Daylight and The Disappeared (Semperoper Ballet), Overture, day4, The Grey Area, The Gentle Chapters, 00:00, Morning Ground, and timelapse/(Mnemosyne) for DNB, and The Third Light and A Sweet Spell of Oblivion for Royal Ballet of Flanders. He has also created numerous ballets internationally, including Reverence for the Mariinsky Ballet and Faun(e) for ENB.

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). The creative process behind The Grey Area was documented in Tim Couchman’s film ‘The Grey Area’ in Creation, and Dawson and Faun(e) were featured in the BBC documentary For Art’s Sake – The Story of Ballets Russes.