Peter Davison Biography


Peter Davison is from Santa Monica, California. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, influences that led to training in visual art, juggling and dance. While a teenager, Peter began his career street performing in Los Angeles, and appeared as one of ten white-faced jugglers in the movie "Xanadu" with Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John.

Peter moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1980 and began his dance training: 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 juggling/movement company Airjazz, with whom he toured for ten years, appearing at venues such as the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and on national TV programs in seven countries, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Peter has also performed as a dancer with Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater, Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, and 3rd Law Dance/Theater.

Peter has received numerous awards and grants including the 1982 National Juggling Championships (First Place), 1995 Arts Innovation Award (Colorado Arts Federation), 1997 Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, and the 2009 Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography from New Choreographers on Pointe (New York City).

From 2004 to 2015, Peter was Co-Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet, a professional company based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter's choreography has been performed by Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, David Taylor Dance Theater, Saint Paul Ballet, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others. Excerpts from his ballet with objects Cirque D'Amour were performed at the 2009 Ballet Builders Showcase at the Dicapo Opera Theater in New York City.

As a solo performer, Peter has appeared at festivals and theaters throughout the United States and internationally including the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Utah State Arts Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, Encuentro de Malabaristas in Spain, New England New Vaudeville Festival, Seattle's Moisture Festival, the 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theater in Finland, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. His solo TV appearances include Harry Anderson - The Tricks of His Trade (CBS), The Paul Daniels Show (BBC), and 30 Seconds to Fame (Fox).

Also an active educator, Peter has been a teacher in residence at Celebration Barn Theater (Maine), The Lecoq Theater Program of Naropa University (Boulder), and the national circus schools of France and Quebec, under the direction of Cirque du Soleil director Guy Caron. He has taught numerous workshops in public schools, and as a faculty member of Boulder Ballet School (Colorado), Peter taught multi-disciplinary movement and founded the unique Boyz Dance program that introduces male students to the world of dance through physical theater and object manipulation.

Peter has two children with ballet teacher/choreographer Ana Claire: Alex and Claire Davison, both of whom have pursued careers in dance.