Craig Davidson

Australian-born choreographer Craig Davidson received his dance education with the New Zealand School of Dance. Upon graduating in 2002, he was approached by Dinna Bjorn to join the Finnish National Ballet. Soon after, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, from 2003 to 2013. During his time there, under the directorship of Kathryn Bennetts, he was promoted to Soloist, awarded a Critics Choice Award by Dance Europe for ‘Most Outstanding Performance by A Male Dancer’ for his performance in “Impressing the Czar” by William Forsythe, and choreographed his first ballet—in 2006—for the annual choreographic workshop. In 2013, he joined Tanz Luzerner Theater in Switzerland and moved to Germany the following season to become a Soloist with the Semperoper Ballett under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin.

Throughout his career as a dancer, he has performed soloist roles in numerous productions of classical and contemporary repertoire, such as Blue Bird in “The Sleeping Beauty” (Marcia Haydee), the Nutcracker Prince in “The Nutcracker” (Aaron S. Watkin), “Theme and Variations” (Balanchine), Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” (Stijn Celis) and Telemach in “The Return of Ulysses” (Christian Spuck), as well as roles in many other productions and creations. He has worked with highly acclaimed choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Matz Ek, David Dawson, Wayne McGregor, Jacapo Godani, Nicolo Fonte, Jorma Elo and Alexander Ekman.

He has also participated in various international ballet galas and festivals and has performed in theaters such as the Bolshoi Theatre, Palais Garnier, Lincoln Center, Théâtre du Châtelet and Sadler’s Wells.

Craig created a large body of work during his ten years as a dancer with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. One of his pieces, Momentary (2009), was created and performed at the farewell gala for Dinna Bjorn of the Finnish National Ballet. Another, In-Between (2012), was subsequently added to the company repertoire of the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Dortmund, and was awarded a prize at the International Choreographic Contest in Berlin in 2015 with dancers from the Semperoper Ballett.

He participated in “DanceLines”, a choreographic development initiative led by Kim Bandstrup, at the Royal Opera House in London in 2013 and the New York Choreographic Institute in 2014 & 2017, where he created works with the dancers from New York City Ballet.

His first commissioned work, Ambiguous Content, was produced for West Australian Ballet in 2016 as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. During the next three years, Craig created numerous works for the dancers of the Semperoper Ballett, and his creations have been seen internationally in Belgium, Germany, Indonesia and South Korea, and have been performed by principal dancers from the Semperoper Ballett, Ballett Zürich and Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris. Reminiscence (2016) and Concerto for Two (2017), were performed at the 30th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival, Kazan Opera, Russia,

In 2017, he became the Director of Creative Arts Davidson and created a duet, Lightness of Being, for Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet) and Fabien Voranger (formerly of the Semperoper Ballett) for the organisation’s first project and since then the collective has also worked with arts venues such as the Kunsthalle Museum in Zürich.

In June 2017, Craig gave his farewell performance with the Semperoper Ballett, and the 2017/18 season has already presented him with the opportunity to create three world premieres, Remembrance/Hereafter, for the Atlanta Ballet, Victim | ‘Murder on the Orient Express, for the Junior Ballet Dortmund and Moments Within, with dancers from the Semperoper Ballett and Ballet de la Ópera National Bordeaux. Sonata (2016) was performed by Elena Vostrotina and Jan Casier from Ballett Zürich at Les Hivernales de la Danse, an international ballet gala in Liège, Belgium.

The 2018/2019 season sees him creating new work for the Queensland Ballet and, Ambiguous Content (2016), will have a US premiere with Ballet Idaho. Creative Arts Davidson will be working on a new collaboration with the Albertinum Museum in Dresden.

Reviews

Reminiscence, is a quality debut, an abstract work with a persuasive concept underlying the dance and shading the interpretation with gentle longing. The choreography is full of fluid, off-balance movements perfectly suited.– Seeingdance.com

Davidson's wonderfully musical, flowing movements, classical lines and canons with contrasting solos and pas de deux, some sharp and bright, others more languid and reflective, folding and unwinding.– Dance Australia

If this well constructed ballet is a debut – and I believe it is – we shall certainly be seeing more from Davidson.– Dance Europe

Works

Moments Within

Dancers from the Semperoper Ballett &
Ballet de la Ópera National Bordeaux 2018

Remembrance/Hereafter

Atlanta Ballet 2019

Victim | ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

NRW Junior Ballett Dortmund 2018

Lightness Of Beeing

Melissa Hamilton and Fabien Voranger
Creative Arts Davidson 2018

Concerto For Two

Dancers from the Semperoper Ballett
30th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival
Kazan Opera, Russia 2017

Reminiscence

Sangeun Lee & Christian Bauch from the Semperoper Ballet
World International Ballet Gala, Seoul Korea 2016

Katja Wünsche & Jan Casier from Ballett Zürich
65th Anniversary Gala, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp 2017

Dorothée Gilbert (Étoile Ballet de l’Ópera de Paris) & István Simon
30th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival, Kazan Opera, Russia 2017

Elena Vostrotina & Jan Casier from Ballett Zürich
Kunsthalle Museum, Zürich 2018

Ambiguous Content

West Australian Ballet
Perth International Arts Festival 2016

Sonata

Dancers from the Semperoper Ballet
35th Red Cross International Ballet Benefit Gala, Italy 2015

Elena Vostrotina & Jan Casier from Ballett Zürich
Les Hivernales de la Danse Ballet Gala, Belgium 2018

In-Between

Royal Ballet of Flanders 2012-2015
Dancers from the Semperoper Ballett 2015
Ballet Dortmund 2016-2019

Choreographic Workshops

Io Non Ho Paura
Eight for Eight
Trittico
Largo
Momentary
Counterbalance