Danielle Davidson is a performing artist, mover-maker,-collaborator, working primarily in experimental and contemporary dance forms. After six years in Boston/Providence, she has recently returned to Montreal. She has performed, taught, and been commissioned to create work throughout North America, and has been doing so since 1999. Danielle creates work independently, collaboratively, and on commission. Her current research and practice revolve around ideas of embodied consciousness; including the process of meditative moving, altered or deeply embodied states of consciousness during movement, and the notion of optimal movement efficiency during such states of consciousness. She is passionate about exploring modalities that may optimize or enhance the conditions thought to bring about Flow state.
She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, specializing in ballet and contemporary techniques, and teaches the core contemporary technique class for all BFA Dance program students in their Junior year. Danielle teaches open master classes throughout New England in programming like Saturday Switch at AS220, Moving Target in Boston, The Deep Dance Series at The Dance Complex, and many more. She has also taught masterclasses at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Providence College, and Jacqueline Walsh Performing Arts High School, to name a few.
Danielle is regularly commissioned to create work for theater, dance and opera companies, as well as for university and college dance programs. Her choreography has been presented by Le Festival International de la Danse at La Place des Arts in Montreal, The Seattle International Dance Festival in WA, The Gibney Dance Center in NYC, Keene State College in NH, Endicott College, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in MA, Providence College, Brown University, AS220's Modern Movements Festival, Roger Williams University, WaterFire Providence, and Festival Ballet, in RI.
She is the artist liaison/administrative coordinator for AS220’s Providence Dance Festival (now in its fifth year) and has co-produced five evening-length dance concerts in Boston and Providence, with other local artists within the past four years.
In recent years she has danced for and collaborated with choreographers such as Diane Arvanites, Korhan Basaran, Alissa Cardone, Lorraine Chapman, Heidi Henderson, Kellie Ann Lynch, Tommy Neblett, Paul Singh, Sydney Skybetter, B.J. Sullivan, Ilya Vidrin and Riley Watts.
She is a founding member, co-maker, co-producer, and performer with HDC Dance Ensemble; a Providence-based performing arts collective, founded by Gisela Creus, Danielle Davidson, and Orlando Hernández. Their works incorporate elements of voice, percussion, improvisation, and storytelling through physical theater/dance to create unique interdisciplinary dance experiences, primarily in a blend of tap and experimental contemporary dance theater. They have been presented by DanceNOW Boston, The Provincetown Dance Festival, Fresh Dance Fridays, AS220's Modern Movements Festival, Roger Williams University, and Providence College. They currently have three duet works and two solos in repertory. For the fall of 2019 HDC was in residence as guest choreographers at Providence College, setting three new works on the student company and performing HDC repertory in the Fall Dance Concert. For the winter/spring season of 2020, HDC will be working on a commission from American Indie Rock Band ARC IRIS. HDC will be designing the movement, in collaboration with four local dancers, and performing in iTMRW; an 80-minute dance-theater piece set to a live performance of the futuristic concept album by the Providence art-pop trio. HDC will be touring New England throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2020 with the band.
Danielle was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada and began her dance training with Sharron Fleet and Jane Wooding at The FleetWood Dancentre in Collingwood, Ontario. She left home at age 14 to attend L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, in Montréal, and five years later obtained her DEC in Dance Performance (Classical Ballet - Contemporary) from L’Ecole Supérieure de Ballet du Québec / Cégep du Vieux Montréal. Upon graduation, she was invited to join Le Jeune Ballet, where she danced for three years as a soloist, and had the opportunity to tour Europe and North America, performing in new works by Thierry Malandain/Ballet Biarritz, Jean-Grand Maitre/Alberta Ballet, Helène Blackburn/Cas Public and repertory works by George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Jean Louis Morin/Martha Graham Company and Brian Macdonald, among others.
She 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 Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and the UK in Action-Theater, Forsythe Modalities, Clowning, Physical Theatre, Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Partnering, Composition, and Body Mind Centering, to name a few.
Before embarking on an independent career, Danielle was a company member with Ballet Espressivo (2004-2006 -Toronto, CA), Line 1 Productions/Debra Brown (2007-2011-Montréal, CA), AmpleMan Danse (2011-2013 -Montréal, CA), Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz (2013-2015-Montréal, CA), and most recently with Prometheus Dance (2015-2019 -Boston, USA).
From 2015- 2018, Davidson was the co-founding artistic director/performer with Shura Baryshnikov, of Doppelgänger Dance Collective, a dancer directed repertory collective which produced and commissioned new works by renowned artists, engaged live musicians, and performed internationally. DDC was also engaged to design movement for theater, dance, and opera productions such as with Bridge Repertory Theater and Ensemble Warhol. DDC self-produced and performed four evening-length dance and live music concerts in Providence and Boston: ''The First Four'' (2016), ''Myths, Legends & Questions'' (2017), ''Experiments in Improvisation'' (2018) and ''Jeanne & Elizabeth'' (2018).
Danielle Davidson is the 2001 recipient of le 1er Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore.
She has received six grants from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and two grants from The New England Foundation for the Arts for collaborative projects.
OTHER INTERESTS/HOBBIES INCLUDE meditation, swimming, creative writing, making music, painting, Buddhism, research around neurophenomenology as it pertains to movement, puppies and pictures of puppies, reading fiction - specifically: Magical Realism, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, ''Recovery'' and HAES/Body Liberation activism, Video Gaming: Zelda (OOT or BOTW preferably), films by directors such as Cronenberg, Fincher, Kubrick, Von Trier, Lynch, and Tarkovsky, Music: Punk, Grunge, 90's Alternative Rock, post-punk revival, art rock, Alternative Dance, Post-Rock, and walking in the rain.