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 and 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.

His works have been seen around the world and and have been described as explosive and fresh. He has created works on companies such as Ballett Zürich (Switzerland), Ballett Dortmund(Germany), Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Idaho (U.S.A),  Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet (Australia) and Junior Ballet Antwerp (Belgium). His works have also been re-staged for the Slovakian National Ballet, Balletschule Theater Basel and Arles Youth Ballet Company.

Additionally 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. Craig has also taught various international workshops and has guest taught companies such as Basel Ballet, Bern Ballet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Luzerner Theatre, Ballet X Schwerin completed a Certificate in Arts Management with the New York University.

The 2022/23 season sees Davidson creating world premieres for Tulsa Ballet and Arles Youth Ballet Company, as well as performances of “Entropy” with the Slovakian National Ballet and Lightness of Being” performed by Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet) and Gareth Haw (Semperoper Ballet) at the International Ballet Gala – Valencia Danza Somos Arte.

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

2022

All Things Considered
Tulsa Ballet

With | In | Sight
West Australian Balet


2021

Entropy
Junior Ballett Zürich
Slovakian National Ballet 2022

Once Familiar
Ballet Idaho – Created via Zoom

Re-Salire
Giulia Tonelli (Ballett Zürich)


2020

Ghost(Light)
Ballet Idaho

Autumn
Junior Ballet Antwerp

Existentia
Dancers of Ballett Zürich – Origen Festival Cultural


2019

Remembrance/Hereafter
Atlanta Ballet


2018

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

Victim | ‘Murder on the Orient Express
NRW Junior Ballett Dortmund

Lightness of Being
Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet) and Fabien Voranger (Semperoper Ballett)
Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet) and Gareth Haw (Semperoper Ballett) 2020


2017

Convergence of Pathways
New York Choreographic Institute
Arles Youth Ballet Company 2020

Concerto for Two
Dancers from the Semperoper Ballett – 30th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival


2016

Ambiguous Content
West Australian Ballet
Ballettschule Theatre Basel 2021

Reminiscence
Sangeun Lee & Christian Bauch from the Semperoper Ballet – World International Ballet Gala, Seoul Korea
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 2017


2015

Sonata
Dancers from the Semperoper Ballet – 35th Red Cross International Ballet Benefit Gala, Italy
Elena Vostrotina & Jan Casier from Ballett Zürich – Les Hivernales de la Danse Ballet Gala, Belgium 2018


2014

A Piece of Winter
New York Choreographic Institute


2012

In-Between
Royal Ballet of Flanders
Dancers of the Semperoper Ballett 2015
Ballett Dortmund 2016

Choreographic Workshops

Io Non Ho Paura
Eight for Eight
Trittico
Largo
Momentary
Counterbalance