Siobhan Davies

(b. 1950)

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(b London, 18 Sept. 1950)

British dancer and choreographer. She studied art before enrolling at the London School of Contemporary Dance in 1967 and performed as a founder member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1969 while still a student. She became one of its leading dancers, also performing with Ballet for All in 1971, and in 1974 was appointed associate choreographer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her many works for the company included Relay (mus. C. Wood and B. Watson, 1972), The Calm (mus. G. Burgon, 1974), Sphinx (mus. Barrington Pheloung, 1977), and Something to Tell (mus. Britten, 1980). In 1981 she left to form her own group for which she choreographed, for example, Plain Song (mus. Satie), and in 1982 she was co-founder of Second Stride (with Spink and Alston). She created many works for that company—her rangy, fluid style revealing a basic debt to Cunningham but also displaying her own delicate nuances of characterization and humour, as shown in Silent Partners (1984). She also continued to make work for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, such as New Galileo (1984), and in 1988 re-formed her own company. Her works from this date have evinced a range of styles (from the intimately gestural to the sharply percussive), often in response to her choice of music, including White Man Sleeps (mus. Kevin Volans, 1988), Different Trains (mus. Reich, 1990), Art of Touch (mus. Matteo Fargion, 1995), and Trespass (mus. G. Barry, 1996). She has also choreographed works for Rambert Dance Company, including Winnsboro' Cotton Mill Blues (1992, revived for Siobhan Davies Dance Company, 1998), for English National Ballet, Dancing Ledge (1990), and, for Royal Ballet, A Stranger's Taste (1999). In recent years her choreography has been created for a variety of smaller spaces, e.g. Birdsong (mus. Andy Pink, 2004) and has focused on increasingly subtle detail of movement and expression. In 2006 her company moved into its own base in South London.

Subjects: Dance.

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