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Della Davidson: …the desire to return to the safety of Day

Della Davidson (UCD Dance) Faculty

About the project: The desire to return to the safety of Day is a poetic journey traveling from late afternoon through a long, dark night back to day. A group of travelers, thrown together by a late afternoon storm, journey through a day, reflecting on life’s uncertainties through stories told as children and adults. Tornadoes descend, laws of gravity are defied, the strange and beautiful collide as these travelers reflect on life’s losses and disappointments and the wit it takes to survive.

About the Artist: Della Davidson joined the UCD Theatre and Dance faculty in fall 2001 as an associate professor. She is the MFA Program advisor and the director of the professional performance ensemble residing in the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. She has been Artistic Director of the San Francisco-based Della Davidson Dance Company since 1986, and is the creator of some 30 choreographic and theatrical works. Her work includes Tongues (1988) and Angels and Clay (1988), for which she received an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, The Ten P.M. Dream (1992), for which she received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation New Choreography Award, and FIERCE/PINK/HOUSE (1994), which the Company was invited to perform as part of the Springloaded Dance Festival at the Place Theatre in London, England. Her Night Stories was named best dance/theatre work of 1996 by The Salt Lake City Tribune and was filmed for presentation on public television. Davidson is the recipient of the 1990 North American Award for Choreography, a Meet the Composer Grant, and consistent support from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 1989 she participated in the Sundance Institute’s Dance/Film Lab. The work begun at the lab, Nadine and the Pleasure Company (1989), was subsequently filmed. Her most recent work, The Eva Luna Project, was selected for development at the 1997 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. Davidson’s work has been commissioned by dance companies in the US and abroad, including the London-based Transitions Dance Company, Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theater of Salt Lake City, Danceworks Northwest in Seattle and Frank Shawl in San Francisco. Davidson is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Dance program and holds a Master’s degree in Dance and Theatre from the University of Arizona. She also studied at the Alvin Ailey School, Finis Jhung and the Graham School, and with the American Dance Festival performing in repertory with Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon and Rudy Perez.

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