David Dawson

Raphaël Coumes-Marquet


Raphael Coumes-Marquet

Photo Raphaël Coumes-Marquet

Besançon/ France

École de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris


Dresden SemperOper Ballet, Ballet Master/Project coordinator Semper Zwei (2015-2019), Principal dancer (2006-2015)
Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam, principal (1998-2006)
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Soloist
Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper

Principal roles in most major classical repertoire such as “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”… Danced repertoire from choreographers such as J. McMillan, J. Cranko, G. Balanchine, M. Petipa, R. Van Dantzig, G. Tetley, C. Carlson, M. Graham, U. Scholtz. Worked with Choreographers such as D. Dawson, J. Neumeier, W. Forsythe, J. Kylian, M. Ek, H. Van Manen.

Soloist roles:
Les Sylphides (M. Fokine); Apollo, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, La Valse, Diamonds (G. Balanchine); Four Last Songs (R. van Dantzig); The Magic Flute (W. Eagling); Duende (N. Duato); Return to a Strange Land, Petite Mort (J. Kylián); Trois Gnoissiennes, Black Cake, Four Schumann Pieces, Three Pieces for Het (H. van Manen); Do Not Go Gentle (K. Pastor); Slow, Heavy and Blue (C. Carlson); Four Sections (T. Brandsen); In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Vile Parody of Address, Artifact, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Approximate Sonata, The Second Detail, Enemy in the Figure (W. Forsythe); Symphony No.2 (U. Scholz); Continum (Ch. Wheeldon); Voluntaries (G. Tetley); Empty House (J. Inger); Reverence (D. Dawson)

Created work with David Dawson as dancer: Psychic Whack, A Million Kisses to my Skin, The Grey Area, 00:00, Morning Ground, The Gentle Chapters, Das Verschwundene | The Disappeared, The World According To Us, On the Nature of Daylight, Albrecht ‘Giselle’, Faun(e),  Tristan and Isolde.
Created work with David Dawson as rehearsal director: The Four Seasons, The Four Last Songs, Metamorphosis, Seven Portraits of Solitude, Voices, Affairs of the Heart, Legacy Variations.

Created work with J.C Maillot, T. Brandsen, K. Pastor, W. Forsythe, H. Picket, K. Armitage, L. Hoche, R. Zanella.

Danced in international ballet galas in USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, England, France, Norway, Russia and Lithuania.
Principal guest artist with English National Ballet in London, Barcelona, Moscow and Houston with Faun(e) (D. Dawson)
Principal guest artist with National Ballet of Croatia with The Lady and the Camellias (2011)
Principal guest artist with Ballett im Revier in Gelsenkirchen with Erster Gang, season 2013 – 2014 und Giselle (D.Dawson).


The Grey Area in Creation (D. Dawson); documentary; Dutch National Ballet Amsterdam (2004)
Sleeping Beauty (P. Wright); Dutch National Ballet Amsterdam; Opus Art (2004)
Giselle (D. Dawson); Semper Oper Dresden; Fritten Film (2008)
Kurzfilmprojekt, Verhörraum (J.Mäsel)

Choreographed yearly for “Semper Opernball Dresden” 2009-2015
Choreographed for ZDF Sylvester Konzert 2010-2012. “Zanz à la carte”in Festspielhaus Hellerau Dresden 2013, Ballet im Revier 2014, Semper Oper Ballet 2016. “Tod im Tutu” Semper Oper Ballet 2017. “Alice” Semper Oper Ballet 2019.

Teaching and staging
A Million Kisses to my Skin” (D. Dawson) for the West Australian Ballet, the Finnish National Opera Ballet and National Ballet of Japan. “Giselle” (D. Dawson) Ballet im Revier/Alto Ballet Essen. “Tristan and Isolde” “The Four Seasons” “Metamorphosis” (D. Dawson) for Dutch National Ballet Amsterdam. “The Grey Area” “Faun(e)” Staatstheater Saarbrucken. “Opus 11” (D. Dawson) Charlotte Ballet (USA). “On the Nature of Daylight” Ballet du Rhin.
Teaching at Ayumi Ballet company in Tokyo, Stage de danse de Liège, Summer school “art of” in Berlin. Aalto Ballet, Ballet im Revier, Monte-Carlo Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Ballet du Capitol