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  Peter Davison

 

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Award-winning juggler, dancer and physical comedian, Peter Davison, has a new one-man show, including original music by Jesse Manno.

Tossed & Found

See things differently as ordinary, discarded objects come alive in extraordinary ways. Funny, amazing and sometimes poignant, Tossed & Found is contemporary vaudeville at its finest!

Peter Davison has combined inspiration from Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and other movement artists who worked with common objects that audiences could relate to. The result is physical theater that is both classic and relevant today.

Tossed & Found is appropriate for all ages, and a perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together. About Peter Davison

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Peter was raised in Santa Monica, California. He began his professional career at age 16, as a juggling street performer in Los Angeles. Over the next 35 years, Peter performed on stages throughout the United States and Europe, and on TV shows on the CBS, BBC and Fox networks. As a member of the trio Airjazz, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and more recently he has been featured at the 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theatre in Helsinki, Finland.

Peter has trained extensively in juggling, dance and theater. His unique, multi-disciplinary work has earned him numerous awards including the 1982 National Juggling Championship from the International Jugglers Association, the 1997 Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts, and, as a dancer/choreographer, the 2009 Ballet Builders Award from New Choreographers on Pointe in New York City.

Peter has been an Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet, a small professional ballet company based in Boulder, Colorado, since 2004. His unique fusion of dance, theater and object manipulation has made him in demand as a teacher at institutions such as Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque in France, Celebration Barn Theater in Maine, and Naropa Institute’s Lecoq Theater Program in Boulder. At the Boulder Ballet School, Peter teaches Physical Theater for Dancers, and pioneered Boyz Dance, a unique multi-disciplinary class that has resulted in one of the largest male dance training programs in the State of Colorado.

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Peter Davison presents "Up in the Air"

Peter Davison, the Poet of Motion, weaves physical theater, dance, juggling and poetry to create a kinetic celebration of life unlike anything you've seen before. From his "Rebound" poem accompanied by Taiko-style drumming and juggling, to a precarious act atop a six-foot unicycle, to kicking a saucer, cup, spoon and sugar cube from his foot to the top of his head while teaching the audience French phrases, Peter's multi-disciplinary show defies stereotypes, educates and entertains.

Peter's diverse career has included winning the 1982 National Juggling Championship, being a professional dancer, choreographer, and current Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet in Colorado. He has been described by the San Francisco Examiner as a "stunning display of sheer virtuosity" and by Dance Magazine as a "consummate movement artist." Peter has taught and performed in hundreds of schools and in professional workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany and Spain.

Reviews for Peter Davison

“A stunning display of sheer virtuosity.” —San Francisco Examiner

“Consummate movement artist Peter Davison’s new one-man show makes for an enchanting evening. It’s one amazing bit after another, some tantalizingly brief, all brilliant.” —Dance Magazine

“Davison manages throughout to hold, captivate and win an audience all the way.” —Denver Post

“I know more about being human for having seen him. Peter Davison took juggling and movement so far beyond their usual limits that they were no longer juggling and movement. They were art.” —Carmel Performing Arts Festival 

 

 

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Peter Davison's childhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, influences that led to training in visual art, juggling, and dance.

While a teenager, Peter began his professional career street performing in Los Angeles. He also worked as a variety artist for Hollywood films, including a role as one of ten jugglers in the film "Xanadu" with Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John. 


Peter moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1980. He studied ballet with Larry Boyette, Ana Claire, Barbara Demaree, Finis Jhung and Donald Mahler; modern dance with Danelle Helander, and tap with Susan Hadley and Lynn Dally, among others. 


In 1982 Peter became a founding member of the trio Airjazz with whom he toured internationally, appearing at venues such as the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, BAM, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Peter has also been a member of David Taylor Dance Theater, Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, 3rd Law Dance/Theater, and has performed principal roles with Boulder Ballet since 1987.

He created and performed solo shows mixing dance, object manipulation and text at the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Utah State Arts Tour, and has appeared as a featured soloist on the CBS, BBC and Fox television networks.

Peter has received numerous awards and grants including the Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts, and the Performance Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Peter has taught movement and choreography at Celebration Barn Theater in Maine, Naropa Institute’s LeCoq Theater Program, the national circus schools of France and Quebec (under Cirque du Soleil director Guy Caron), and various professional workshops throughout the United States, Germany and Spain.

As a current faculty member of the Boulder Ballet School, Peter teaches physical theater and Boyz Dance which introduces male students to the world of multi-disciplinary, expressive movement.

Peter and his wife Ana Claire became Co-Artistic Directors of Boulder Ballet in 2004. Since then the professional company has tripled in size and doubled the number of annual performances while remaining financially stable. Peter has created numerous choreographic works for Boulder Ballet and the students of Boulder Ballet School, and as a guest choreographer for other Colorado dance companies. Peter is a recipient of the 2009 Ballet Builders Award for Choreography, from New Choreographers on Point in New York. Excerpts from his "Cirque D'Amour" had their New York City premiere in March 2009 at the Dicapo Opera Theater in Manhattan.

 

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