(b London, 1972)
British dancer and choreographer. He trained at the Royal Ballet School, graduating into Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1991, moving to English National Ballet as soloist in 1994, and joining Dutch National Ballet the following year, where he created roles in works by Eagling, Brandsen, Gallili, and d'Amboise among others. Between 2000 and 2002 he danced with Ballett Frankfurt as principal, before focusing on choreography. His first ballets, based in the classical vocabulary but with a distinctive sensuousness and freedom of movement, were created for workshop performances at DNB and were followed by Psychic Whack (1999), A Million Kisses to my Skin (mus. Bach, 2000), and Grey Area (mus. Niels Lanz, 2002). In 2004 he became resident choreographer for Dutch National Ballet, creating Morning Ground (mus. Chopin 2004) and The Gentle Chapters (mus. Thom Willems, 2006) among others.
In 2006 he was appointed resident choreographer of Dresden SemperOper Ballett for which he has since created The Disappeared (mus Pärt 2006), Giselle (2008), and The World According to Us (mus. Willems 2009).
Dawson has also created works for other companies including Reverence (mus. Bryars, 2005) for the Mariinsky (making him the first British choreographer to create a work for that company); A Sweet Spell of Oblivion (mus. Bach, 2007) for Royal Ballet of Flanders; and Faun(e) (mus. Debussy, 2009) for English National Ballet.
His works are in the repertories of many companies worldwide and he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Prix Professional, Lausanne, The Golden Mask, the Choo San Goh Choreography Award, and Benois de la Danse Choreography Award.