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Craig Davidson

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Australian born choreographer Craig Davidson trained at the New Zealand School of Dance. Throughout his career he performed as a Soloist with the Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Tanz Luzerner Theater and the Semperoper Ballett. He was awarded a Critic’s Choice Award by Dance Europe for ‘Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer’ for his performance in Impressing the Czar by William Forsythe with Royal Ballet of Flanders. Craig has performed soloist roles in numerous classical and contemporary productions and has worked with highly acclaimed choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Matz Ek, Wayne McGregor, Jacapo Godani and Alexander Ekman.

Craig created his first ballet in 2006 at Royal Ballet of Flanders. He choreographed ‘Momentary’ (2009) for the farewell gala for Dinna Bjorn of Finnish National Ballet and ‘In-Between’ (2012) for the Royal Ballet of Flanders choreographic workshop and it was subsequently added to the company repertoire and later re staged for Ballett Dortmund in 2016. ‘In-Between’ was also awarded a prize at the International Choreographic Contest in Berlin in 2015.

His first commissioned work was 'Ambiguous Content’ for West Australian Ballet (2016) and since then he has created and restaged work for the Atlanta Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Ballet Idaho and Ballett Dortmund Junior Company.

Craig has participated in DanceLines at the Royal Opera House in London (2013) and the New York Choreographic Institute (2014 & 2017). His work has been seen internationally in Belgium, Germany, Indonesia and Korea and performed by principal dancers from the Royal Ballet London, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Semperoper Ballett and Ballett Zürich.

In 2017, Craig established Creative Arts Davidson and artist collective and created ‘Lightness of Being’ for the collectives first project with dancers Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet) and Fabien Voranger (Semperoper Ballett). Since then the collective has worked with arts venues such as the Kunsthalle museum in Zürich.

Season 2019/2020 sees Davidson creating new works for Ballet Idaho and Junior Ballet Antwerp, ‘Remembrance/Hereafter’ returning to the stage of Atlanta Ballet and ‘Lightness of Being’ having its stage premiere with Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet) & Gareth Haw (Semperoper Ballett) at Een Hart for Dans International Ballet Gala Brugge, Belgium and ‘Reminiscence’ performed by Courtney Richardson (Semperoper Ballett) & Istvàn Simon at the International Ballet Gala Santo Domingo.