British choreographer David Dawson is one of the leading dance makers working in classical ballet today. His choreographic style transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works have been praised by critics and audiences worldwide.
Dawson was honoured with the Prix Benois de la Danse Award for choreography and nominated for the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for The Grey Area. He created Reverence for the Mariinsky Ballet, for which he was awarded Russia’s highest theatre prize for visual art, the Golden Mask Award, while becoming the ﬁrst British choreographer to create a ballet for this legendary company. He received the Choo San Goh Award for The Gentle Chapters and was nominated for The Golden Swan Award, for Overture and 00:00. For his re-imagining of Faun(e), created for English National Ballet, Dawson was nominated for the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award and the Prix Benois de la Danse Choreography Award.
Dawson has created numerous ballets internationally, including his full-length creations of Tristan + Isolde, Swan Lake and Giselle. Amongst other signiﬁcant works are; Four Last Songs, Affairs of the Heart, Requiem, The Four Seasons, Anima Animus, Citizen Nowhere, On the Nature of Daylight, A Million Kisses to my Skin, Empire Noir, The Human Seasons, Day4, The Third Light, Morning Ground, Das Verschwundene | The Disappeared, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion, The World According to Us, Dancingmadlybackwards, 5, Opus.11, Styx, At the End of the Day, and his highly acclaimed timelapse/(Mnemosyne).
His creations have been introduced to the repertoires of many ballet companies including Boston Ballet, Ballet National de Marseilles, Dutch National Ballet, Semperoper Ballet, English National Ballet, Aalto Ballet Theatre Essen, Finnish National Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Royal New Zealand Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Slovenian National Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Staatsballett Karlsruhe, Royal Swedish Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Ballet du Capitole Toulouse, Tulsa Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Ballett im Revier and West Australian Ballet.
The Isadora Duncan Dance Award (The Izzies) Nominee for Achievement in Choreography for Anima Animus
UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Nominee as Best Classical Choreographer for The Human Seasons
Golden Swan Award Nominee for Most Impressive Dance Production in The Netherlands for the creation of Overture
Benois de la Danse Choreography Award Nominee as Best Choreographer for the creation of Faun(e)
UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Nominee as Best Classical Choreographer for the creation of Faun(e)
Golden Mask Award Winner as Best Choreographer for the creation of Reverence
Choo San Goh Choreography Award Winner for the creation of The Gentle Chapters
UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Nominee as Best Classical Choreographer for The Grey Area
Benois de la Danse Choreography Award Winner for Best Choreographer for the creation of The Grey Area
Golden Swan Award Nominee for Best New Production in The Netherlands for the creation of 00:00
Best Newcomer of the Season Nominee by Dance & Dancers magazine
Prix de Lausanne Winner
Alicia Markova Award Winner