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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.

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Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

Group Booking opens for Autumn 2013/14

Group Booking opens for Autumn 2013/14

25 June 2013

Group booking discounts for productions including Romeo and Juliet and Le nozze di Figaro.