Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Doppelgänger Dance Collective

Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC) is a dancer-directed repertory company focused on the creation and performance of original, contemporary choreographic work for duet performance.  Founded in 2015 by co-directors Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson, DDC offers choreographic commissions to a diverse group of dancemakers each season, asking for reconsideration of the traditional choreographer/dancer hierarchy as well as who controls the means of production.  With an undeniable energetic compatibility and compelling chemistry in performance, the pair conceived of a project to capture this duality, their immediate bodily complicity, while also making a persuasive argument for dancers’ curation as a valuable form of creativity.

As vessels to be filled by choreographic vision, Davidson and Baryshnikov seek to reflect the inquiry of the curated choreographer, offering a maturity, vulnerability, and curiosity in the rehearsal room and on stage.  Ultimately, DDC’s aesthetic is to be open and responsive to other aesthetics, offering their rich movement histories and collaborative creativity in the creation process.  Further, it is paramount that DDC commission emerging and established dancemakers who seek social and creative relevance in their work, and that DDC provide opportunity for the community to access these choreographers through educational offerings and open dialogue. 

Doppelgänger Dance Collective is committed to interdisciplinary collaborations with a wide range of artists including musicians, composers, theatre artists, film makers, and designers, among others, and the work is deeply enriched by the significant contributions of these other makers and technicians.  

Doppelgänger Dance Collective  is a New England Dance Fund recipient, a New England States Touring grant recipient, and has received five Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grants, since it's founding in 2015.

DDC have been invited to perform in New York City (NY), Providence (RI), Boston, Natick and Cambridge (MA), Canterbury (NH), Seattle (WA), Keene (NH)  and in London, UK. 

Visit: http://www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com/

TOURING Doppelgänger Dance Collective is NEST eligible. Fee support for Doppelgänger Dance Collective may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit www.nefa.org for more information. Visit Doppelgänger Dance Collective's Creative Ground profile for more information on booking DDC. 


Additional Links: 
Doppelgänger Dance Collective's website
Co-Founding Artistic Director/ Performer Shura Baryshnikov's website
Co-Founding Artistic Director/Performer Danielle Davidson's website
The First Four promotional video. Directed by: Marc Pilaro
Presented by Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. Photo gallery by: James Lastowski.
A collection of images from Season 1 and 2
Doppelgänger Dance Collective DDC, a performance project built by two dancers, fosters the creation and performance of original dance works accompanied by live music. www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com
Doppelgänger Dance Collective DDC, a performance project built by two dancers, fosters the creation and performance of original dance works accompanied by live music. www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com
THE FIRST FOUR concert excerpts Video direction and Production: Murray Scott Camera Operators: Robert Houllahan, Brinton MacFarland, Murray Scott Edited by: Tim Labonte Digital Imaging Technician: Brinton MacFarland © 2016 by Doppelgänger Dance Collective

I Have Worked With

  • November 2016

    The Dance Complex will produce and present Doppelgänger Dance Collective's The First Four Concert  on November 18 and 20, 2016. 

    Doppelgänger Dance Collective will also be featured by The Dance Complex in the Catalyst Series, a rotating bill of performances over three weekends in Jan. 2017. The Catalyst series offers artists rehearsal space to create a new work, appear in a few informal showings and perform in a rotating bill with the other Catalyst artists over a three weekend period in the winter. 

    The Dance Complex will also produce and present Doppelgänger Dance Collective's new evening length concert in the spring of 2017. Performances dates to be determined either April or May, 2017.

    These will all be ticketed events, open to the general public.

  • November 2016

    DDC along with a Kat Nasti Dance and Jessie Jeanne and Dancers will perform in a mixed bill at Chisenhale Dance Space in London, UK, November 11-12, 2016.  This inaugural program hopes to encourage international exchange between the two dance communities (Boston/Providence and London. )

    These will be tickets performances 

  • November 2016

    Doppelganger Dance Collective will be setting work on the freshman of the Roger Williams Dance Dept this fall, as guest choreographers. DDC will also be produced and presented in concert on Nov. 5th, by Roger Williams University Dance Theatre in Bristol, RI


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Co-Founding Artistic Director/Performer
Physical Address: 
29 Lindy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Theater - General
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
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 - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Fractured Atlas
Boston Dance Alliance
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts project grant Fall 2015
Creative Arts Council 2015 grant
Arts at Brown grant 2015
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts project grant Summer 2016
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts education grant Summer 2016
New England State Touring Grant 2017 grant recipient
New England Dance Fund recipient 2016
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
General lighting
The stage minimum 28' wide and 25' deep, with sprung floor and marley
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: