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New Choreographer in Residence David Dawson-- Royal Ballet of Flanders


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#1 mmded

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 04:09 AM

David Dawson has been appointed choreographer in residence at the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

http://www.koninklij...be/Site/rbf.htm

#2 bart

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 09:08 AM

Thanks, mmded. Dancers outside of Europe may not be as familiar with this name as those who know his work as a dancer and a choreographer in the UK and on the continent.

Any thoughts from those who know Dawson's work?

I came across the following link to YouTube at the bottom of Dawson's Wikipedia article. It shows segments of his re-choreography of the Nijinsky Afternoon of a Faun for the English National Ballet. (Skip to last minute or so of the video.)



Here is he rehearsing dancers of the Dutch National Ballet in one of his works, Reverence.


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Posted 01 September 2010 - 09:41 AM

David Dawson created The Third Light for the Royal Ballet of Flanders last year for their 40th anniversary. It was reviewed by Marc Haegeman for Danceview Times. The piece was also featured on the cover of the March 2010 edition of Dance Europe .

http://www.danceview...ary-season.html

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 09:58 AM

Many thanks, mmded, for the reminder of Marc Haegemann's review. Not only did he describe the ballet as "among the most rewarding new ballets acquired by Flanders in the last dozen years", Dawson's appointment also could begin to address his critique that "the current season wasn’t in any way different from the preceding ones, in that it didn’t give us any real indication where the company is heading to and in what way it is going to survive the next 10 years".

Royal Ballet of Flanders has very fine dancers, if the audience in Gent gave little energy back to the stage in the few performances I've seen there.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:48 AM

[quote name='bart' date='01 September 2010 - 01:08 PM' timestamp='1283360927' post='274592']
Thanks, mmded. Dancers outside of Europe may not be as familiar with this name as those who know his work as a dancer and a choreographer in the UK and on the continent.


Clips from a live Semperoper Ballett performance of Dawson's Giselle are on YouTube and the company website. Does anyone know if a tape of the entire performance is available? I've sent emails to the company media reps but never heard back.

Thanks


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