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Danielle Davidson

Interprète, Chorégraphe, Enseignant

Danielle is an experimental performance artist / mover-maker-collaborative-creator, working primarily in experimental contemporary dance-theater forms. She is a self-proclaimed misfit thinker with a regular movement/stillness practice involving: meditation, swimming, acrylic painting, body liberation activism, creative writing, neuro-phenomenology research, comedy improv, and yoga. Her works revolve around ideas of embodied consciousness and sci-fi; exploring immersions in altered embodied states. She makes/does things that are themselves awkward, digressive, disorganized (or at times radically over-organized), relational in odd ways, punky, difficult, experimental, and stand implicitly against normative ideals of quality and functionality. Danielle has created work independently and on commission, but has a preference for interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches.

Her works have been presented by Festival International de la Danse, Seattle International Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Keene State College, Endicott College, Dance Complex, The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Green Street Studios, Providence College, Brown University, AS220, Roger Williams University, WaterFire Providence, Festival Ballet Providence, and PVDFest.

In recent years, she’s made works alongside multidisciplinary artists: Jocie Adams, Shura Baryshnikov, Gisela Creus, Orlando Hernández, Andy Russ, Ilya Vidrin, and Riley Watts, and appeared in works by Diane Arvanites, Korhan Basaran, Alissa Cardone, Lorraine Chapman, Heidi Henderson, Kellie Ann Lynch, Tommy Neblett, Paul Singh, Sydney Skybetter, and B.J. Sullivan.

From 2015-2018 Danielle co-directed Doppelgänger Dance Collective with Shura Baryshnikov. DDC was an artist directed repertory collective which produced and commissioned new works by renowned artists, and performed internationally.

In 2018 with Orlando Hernández and Gisela Creus, she established HDC Dance Ensemble, a Providence-based performing arts collective, whose interdisciplinary works incorporate elements of voice, percussion, improvisation, and storytelling through physical theater/dance to create unique movement experiences, primarily in a blend of tap and contemporary dance theater. During the winter/spring season of 2020, HDC worked collaboratively with American Indie Rock Band ARC IRIS – together they created iTMRW; a 90-minute sci-fi-dance-theater production set to a live performance of the futuristic concept album by the Providence art-pop trio. HDC will continue its tour of New England with the band in 2021.

An Assistant Professor of Dance at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee from 2015-2020, Danielle has also facilitated workshops, classes and labs throughout Montreal, Toronto and New England in programming like Saturday Switch at AS220, Moving Target in Boston, The Deep Dance Series at The Dance Complex, and at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Providence College, and Brown University.

She is the Artistic Producer of the Providence Dance Festival at AS220 an annual event featuring 30 artists from New England in five varied programs, as well as classes, workshops, a Long Table Discussion and a great after party 🙂

She obtained her DEC from L’Ecole Supérieure de Ballet du Québec / Cégep du Vieux Montréal in 2001, and furthered her performing arts training by completing a three-year certificate program at George Brown College in Theatre/Acting. In addition, she participated in numerous intensives and residencies in Europe and the UK in Action-Theater, Forsythe Modalities, Clowning, Physical Theatre, Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Partnering, Composition, and Body Mind Centering.

Before embarking on an independent career, Danielle danced with Ballet Espressivo, Line 1 Productions/Debra Brown, AmpleMan Danse, Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz, and was a company member with Prometheus Dance.

She is the 2001 recipient of le 1er Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore and has received six grants from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and three grants from The New England Foundation for the Arts, and most recently a grant from Canada Council for the Arts.