Siobhan Davies

Siobhan Davies in conversation with Sam Collins, a commissioned artist for her new work ROTOR, as part of Crossing Borders 2010.

ROTOR is being performed 3-14 November.

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Siobhan Davies advocates for the wider recognition of dance as a significant and extraordinary art form. She created her first piece Relay in 1972 and has made over 40 works for Siobhan Davies Dance, and other companies including Artangel, The Royal Ballet and Rambert. Her work has won numerous awards including an Oliver and South Bank Show Award and much of it has been filmed for television.

This autumn Siobhan Davies Dance presents ROTOR, an ensemble of performances, sound installations and artworks which fills Siobhan Davies Studios. Following The Collection, presented last year at Victoria Miro Gallery and Ikon Eastside, Siobhan Davies further extends her connections with other disciplines and commissions nine artists to make, in their own artform, work based on ideas generated by dance and choreography.

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Siobhan Davies studied at London Contemporary Dance School, and became a Leading dancer and choreographer for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, making her first piece, Relay, in 1972. During the 1970s she worked for both Richard Alston and Ian Spink as well as on projects such as The Seven Deadly Sins for English National Opera. In 1980 she formed Siobhan Davies and Dancers, which later joined forces with the Ian Spink Group and Richard Alston and Dancers to form Second Stride. From 1988 to 1993 she was Associate Choreographer for Rambert Dance Company.

She founded Siobhan Davies Dance Company in 1988, on her return from a year in America on a Fulbright Arts Fellowship, and has made 22 works for the company. Much of her work has been filmed for television including White Man Sleeps, Wyoming, White Bird Featherless, The Art of Touch and 13 Different Keys.

Siobhan Davies and Siobhan Davies Dance have been recognised by numerous awards, including four Digital Dance Awards, the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (1993 for Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, 1996 for The Art of Touch), and overall winner of the Prudential Award for the Arts (1996), following six previous nominations. The Art of Touch also won the 1996 Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Production and Wild Air won a South Bank Show Award in 2000.

From 1995 to 1997, Davies was Choreographer in Residence and Senior Research Fellow at the Roehampton Institute, London, and in 1996 she accepted an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College of Music, London, in recognition of her creative work with music. In 1999 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Surrey and was named as one of six Creative Britons in 2000. She was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2002 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to dance and most recently become involved with the Foundation, Arts and Kids, becoming one of their Patrons.

Siobhan Davies