Peter Davison

Poet of Motion

"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
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World-class juggler Peter Davison
"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 turns his juggling bit into a graceful variation on modern dance...refreshing."
—Variety
"Davison manages throughout to hold, captivate, and win an audience all the way."
—The Denver Post
"He marries the best of the ages: old time, sophisticated cool fused with contemporary, funky and modern fun."
—Steve Duchrow, Elgin Community College Arts Center, IL
"A stunning display of sheer virtuosity...artistic, seemingly effortless perfection."
—The San Francisco Examiner
"I know more about being human for having seen him."
—Linnet C. Harlan, Carmel Performing Arts Festival, CA
"Watching him move is like seeing magic."
—Matt Roben, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival
About Peter


Peter Davison is a mingler of movement arts, weaving influences from circus, dance, and physical theatre to create poetry of motion.

With joyful ingenuity Peter brings everyday objects to life—as partners in a dance, or characters in a story—to create a singular expression of humanity. A frequent audience response is "I'll never look at the things around me the same way again!"

Peter was born in 1961 and raised in Santa Monica, California in a supportive and creative family. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, who no doubt inspired his future career in subtle ways. Through his teenage years, Peter learned to captivate non-captive audiences by juggling and unicycling on the streets of Los Angeles, and in 1979 got a gig as a white-faced juggler in the movie Xanadu with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly (now available on video cassette!)

In 1982, Peter won first place at the International Jugglers Association Championships, and then toured for ten years with the innovative juggling and movement troupe Airjazz, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Yes, Johnny was also a cool guy off screen.

Since the 1990's, Peter and his company of animate objects have performed at festivals and theaters internationally and on the CBS, BBC, and Fox TV networks.

Also an accomplished dancer and choreographer, Peter was Co-Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet for eleven years, and he is a recipient of the national Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography.

After more than forty years in the performing arts, Peter continues to enjoy creating enchantments and sharing them with audiences of all ages through live, interactive events.



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Peter Davison juggles and dances with ordinary objects

About Peter


Peter Davison is a mingler of movement arts, weaving influences from circus, dance, and physical theatre to create poetry of motion.

With joyful ingenuity Peter brings everyday objects to life—as partners in a dance, or characters in a story—to create a singular expression of humanity. A frequent audience response is "I'll never look at the things around me the same way again!"

Peter was born in 1961 and raised in Santa Monica, California in a supportive and creative family. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, who no doubt inspired his future career in subtle ways. Through his teenage years, Peter learned to captivate non-captive audiences by juggling and unicycling on the streets of Los Angeles, and in 1979 got a gig as a white-faced juggler in the movie Xanadu with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly (now available on video cassette!)

In 1982, Peter won first place at the International Jugglers Association Championships, and then toured for ten years with the innovative juggling and movement troupe Airjazz, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Yes, Johnny was also a cool guy off screen.

Since the 1990's, Peter and his company of animate objects have performed at festivals and theaters internationally and on the CBS, BBC, and Fox TV networks.

Also an accomplished dancer and choreographer, Peter was Co-Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet for eleven years, and he is a recipient of the national Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography.

After more than forty years in the performing arts, Peter continues to enjoy creating enchantments and sharing them with audiences of all ages through live, interactive events.

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Reviews


"Davison turns his juggling bit into a graceful variation on modern dance...refreshing."
—Variety

"A stunning display of sheer virtuosity...artistic, seemingly effortless perfection."
—The San Francisco Examiner

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

"He marries the best of the ages: old time, sophisticated cool fused with contemporary, funky and modern fun."
—Steve Duchrow, Elgin Community College Arts Center, IL

"I know more about being human for having seen him."
—Linnet C. Harlan, Carmel Performing Arts Festival, CA

"Watching him move is like seeing magic."
—Matt Roben, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

"Peter's LocoMotion assembly was an amazing event for our students. Peter has a true gift for presenting, and he is a wonderful entertainer!"
—Rachel Shulman, Ed.S, School Psychologist, Mt. Carbon Elementary School, Littleton, CO
Arts & Education

Through years of performing and teaching in educational settings while raising two children of his own, Peter has seen again and again the power of engagement and personal growth that the arts provide.

In Fun Stuff Peter brings ordinary objects to life with physical theatre, juggling, and dancing. Creativity, looking at things differently, and elements of performing arts history are highlighted. Laughter, gasps of amazement, and post-performance buzz are the typical result.

In LocoMotion: The Science & Circus Arts Show Peter presents a fun-filled display of virtuoso circus skills mixed with interactive education on Newtonian physics. LocoMotion is a versatile program for venues ranging from libraries, to schools, to theaters.

Workshops in physical theatre, juggling, vaudeville, and science & circus arts are also available. Peter has many years of experience teaching kids through Think 360 Arts (Colorado's Young Audiences), and he has taught young-at-heart grown-ups through organizations such as Centre national des arts du cirque (national circus school of France), Maine's Celebration Barn Theater, and the Lecoq Theater program at Boulder's Naropa University.
Arts & Education

Peter Davison performs educational programs in schools

Through years of performing and teaching in educational settings while raising two children of his own, Peter has seen again and again the power of engagement and personal growth that the arts provide.

In Fun Stuff Peter brings ordinary objects to life with physical theatre, juggling, and dancing. Creativity, looking at things differently, and elements of performing arts history are highlighted. Laughter, gasps of amazement, and post-performance buzz are the typical result.

In LocoMotion: The Science & Circus Arts Show Peter presents a fun-filled display of virtuoso circus skills mixed with interactive education on Newtonian physics. LocoMotion is a versatile program for venues ranging from libraries, to schools, to theaters.

Workshops in physical theatre, juggling, vaudeville, and science & circus arts are also available. Peter has many years of experience teaching kids through Think 360 Arts (Colorado's Young Audiences), and he has taught young-at-heart grown-ups through organizations such as Centre national des arts du cirque (national circus school of France), Maine's Celebration Barn Theater, and the Lecoq Theater program at Boulder's Naropa University.
Dance

Peter Davison's choreography mixes classical and contemporary dance with physical theater, often incorporating an innovative use of objects inspired by his experience in vaudevillian and circus arts. Peter is a recipient of the Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography, from New Choreographers on Pointe. NCOP presented excerpts from his ballet-with-objects Cirque D'Amour in New York City in 2009.

In 2015, Peter founded Objectivity Dance Theater with dancer Jennifer Aiken. ODT explores dance with objects in abstract and narrative forms, featuring qualities of whimsy, human connection, and engagement of all ages.

"So much the better for the lucky audience that got to experience Peter Davison's charming and heartbreaking work Bella Luna, which premiered in 2014 and was presented at the O'Shaughnessy on Friday, hit all the right marks, weaving an enchanting tale with a sense of wonder."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Davison brings an imaginative, entertaining approach to [Ragtime], justifying his receipt of the Ballet Builders Award...Although the piece hangs together well, each of the seven sections has a surprisingly distinctive identity, with Davison making ample but not excessive use of props."
—The Denver Post

"A bit of fancy closed the evening. Peter Davison, utilizing his past as a circus and street performer, had his dancers fully and playfully explore various props, most inventively a two legged ladder on which a man and a woman climbed, suspended themselves, and toyed with weight, balance, and space... Like the best of the pieces presented, it fulfilled what it set out to do and then some."
—Theater Scene, New York
"My favourite on the programme was a pair of excerpts from Peter Davison's Cirque D'Amour. These two snippets were a pleasure...both beautiful in their own ways."
—Dance Europe Magazine
Dance

Peter Davison is a choreographer of people and objects

Peter Davison's choreography mixes classical and contemporary dance with physical theater, often incorporating an innovative use of objects inspired by his experience in vaudevillian and circus arts. Peter is a recipient of the Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography, from New Choreographers on Pointe. NCOP presented excerpts from his ballet-with-objects Cirque D'Amour in New York City in 2009.

In 2015, Peter founded Objectivity Dance Theater with dancer Jennifer Aiken. ODT explores dance with objects in abstract and narrative forms, featuring qualities of whimsy, human connection, and engagement of all ages.

"So much the better for the lucky audience that got to experience Peter Davison's charming and heartbreaking work Bella Luna, which premiered in 2014 and was presented at the O'Shaughnessy on Friday, hit all the right marks, weaving an enchanting tale with a sense of wonder."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Davison brings an imaginative, entertaining approach to [Ragtime], justifying his receipt of the Ballet Builders Award...Although the piece hangs together well, each of the seven sections has a surprisingly distinctive identity, with Davison making ample but not excessive use of props."
—The Denver Post

"A bit of fancy closed the evening. Peter Davison, utilizing his past as a circus and street performer, had his dancers fully and playfully explore various props, most inventively a two legged ladder on which a man and a woman climbed, suspended themselves, and toyed with weight, balance, and space... Like the best of the pieces presented, it fulfilled what it set out to do and then some."
—Theater Scene, New York
Contact

Peter Davison

P.O. Box 4721
Boulder, CO 80306

E-mail: info@poetofmotion.com

Press kit available by request

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Contact

Peter Davison

P.O. Box 4721
Boulder, CO 80306

E-mail: info@poetofmotion.com

Press kit available by request

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