Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Danielle Davidson

ABOUT

Danielle Davidson is a performing artist / dancer, choreographer, producer and educator, currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. She has performed, taught and been commissioned to create work throughout Europe and 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 masterclasses 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 the fFIDA in Toronto, The Place in London, UK, 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, co-curator, and lead committee member 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. 

​Danielle is currently a company member with Lorraine Chapman The Company in Boston. In recent years she has danced for and collaborated with choreographers such as Diane Arvanites, Korhan Basaran, Alissa Cardone, Heidi Henderson, Kellie Ann Lynch, Tommy Neblett, Paul Singh, Sydney Skybetter, B.J. Sullivan, Ilya Vidrin and Riley Watts.

She is a founding member, choreographer, 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 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 in repertory, two solos. 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; a 75-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 and fall of 2020 with the band.

HISTORY

Danielle was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada and began her dance training under the tutelage of Sharron Fleet and Jane Wooding at The FleetWood Dancentre in Collingwood, Ontario. She left home at age 14 to attend the prestigious 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. 

Additional Links: 
HDC Dance Ensemble is 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 dance.
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I Have Worked With

  • September 2018

    HDC Dance Ensemble  is 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 contemporary dance theater. They have been presented by DanceNOW Boston, The Provincetown Dance Festival, Fresh Dance Fridays,  AS220's Modern Movements Festival, AS220's Providence Dance Festival, Roger Williams University, and Providence College. They currently have three duet works in repertory, two solos, and a trio. For the fall of 2019 HDC was in residence as guest choreographers at The Providence College Dance Company, setting three new works on the student company and performing HDC Rep 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 then performing in iTMRW; a 75-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 with the band.

     

    Co-founder, performer, maker and producer with HDC DANCE ENSEMBLE 

  • September 2016

    2015-2018

    Doppelgänger Dance Collective - Providence, RI, USA (International)

    Co-Founders/Artistic Directors/Dancers : Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson

    Works: 

    The Two Body Problem, Choreography: Sydney Skybetter (2015)

    Empty Seats, Choreography: B.J. Sullivan (2016)

    Oracles 1 & 2, Choreography: Paul Singh (2016)

    Pretend this title is invisible. Choreography: Heidi Henderson (2016)

    The Trail We Left Behind, Choreography: Kellie Ann Lynch Music: Cailtlin Scholl (2016)

    Echo + Narcissus, Short Film Directed by Andy Russ (2017)

    Underwear, Nowhere, Choreography: Alissa Cardone Music: Nate Tucker (2017)

    The Queen's Dream, Choreography: Heidi Henderson (2017)

    Men and Their Machines (Mark Warhol, opera, performance and choreography by DDC) (2018)

    Dark Room (Bridge Repertory Theater, play by George Brant, movement design DDC) (2018)

    Veil i . work by: Riley Watts in collaboration with Danielle Davidson) (2018)

     

    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).

  • September 2016

    Danielle has taught classes, led masterclasses, performed and produced at AS220. She is in residence there as HDC Dance Ensemble and has been in residence there as well as Doppelganger Dance Collective. ​

    She is the artist liaison, co-curator, and lead committee member 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. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Danielle
Job Title/Position: 
Dancer, Choreographer, Educator,
Physical Address: 
60 Evergreen street, Unit 3
Providence, RI 02906
Last Name: 
Davidson
Phone: 
4013683695

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Linguistics
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Philosophy
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Media - Marketing / Advertising
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Band
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Musical
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Year Founded: 
2002
Populations Served: 
General Public
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
40
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
TBD on a case by case basis
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$40,000
State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Theater
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$100
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000