As a performer, choreographer, and teacher, Angharad Davies is interested in affecting audiences beyond the traditional and post-modern dance forum(s). She believes that dance can be accessible — or at least compelling — to audiences that have never danced before. She’s not embarrassed to believe this.
To create her dances, she collaborates with professional and non-professional performers, and gleans material from a diverse set of tools including movement, improvisational scores, text, video, and music. She is pro-narrative, influenced by the fragmentation of collage and mash-ups, and captivated by the hard jump cuts of film, television, and comic books. While her choreographic experiments often produce poignant and humorous results, her ultimate goal is to be part of something new, something that mines the vibrant scope of human behavior and interaction in a way that makes herself and her audience feel.
Angharad’s choreography has been presented at Danspace Project & Joyce SoHo (NYC), Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, & Radialsystem (Berlin); Bryant Lake Bowl, Mixed Blood Theater, Patrick’s Cabaret, Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, The University of Minnesota, & the Walker Art Center (MPLS), Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), ODC (San Francisco) and Yale. Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation and the SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance.
Angharad has also choreographed several opera and theater productions, including Robert Aldridge’s Parables — an interfaith oratorio; Brecht/Weill’s The Three-Penny Opera; Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal; Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; and Ayhan Sönmez’s Woher-Wohin?.
An active performer, she has worked with directors and companies including Ivy Baldwin Dance, Drastic Action, Ze’eva Cohen, & Gibney Dance (NYC); Hanna Hegenscheidt (Berlin); Mariano Pensotti (Buenos Aires); Netzwerk AKS (Austria); JaeYoung Kim (South Korea); and Paula Mann, Megan Mayer, SuperGroup, Laurie Van Wieren & Chris Yon (MPLS).
As a teacher, Angharad has — led movement classes for survivors of domestic violence; created movement and performance workshops for students with cognitive and physical disabilities; led dance classes—in the German language—for Turkish and Arab immigrants in Berlin, Germany; mentored homeless and trans teens in New York City; taught at universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad; and worked with professional and non-professional performers around the world. Most recently, she was on faculty at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and the University of Minnesota.
She is currently based in New Haven, CT.