David Justin

Guest Artist, Spring 2016
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David has proved himself as a dynamic producer and curator of exceptional dance. Possessing an eclectic contemporary taste founded in classicism, David successfully draws the people and elements together from dance, music, scenic and lighting design to create a beautiful, meaningful experience for audiences. Whether it is his own choreography or the work of a great master, David’s attention to detail within the broad artistic stroke is balanced and constantly striving for excellence. As Artistic Director of American Repertory Ensemble, David combines his experiences to present a community organization founded on excellence in the pursuit of communication through art.

American Repertory Ensemble (ARE) is an Austin based contemporary-classical dance and chamber music ensemble founded in 2005. Presenting an intensely eclectic repertoire, ARE combines new work with established masterpieces. Thus, we present both original and classical chamber music and dance in the same program. ARE provides a platform for David’s growing body of work and has produced the choreography of Balanchine, Wheeldon, Kudelka, and Caniparoli, among others. ARE has also attracted some of the finest dancers in the United States including Tina Leblanc and Joan Boada, Misa Kuranaga, Kathy Martuza, and Gabor Kapin. These artists choose to work with me and ARE because of the excellence we produce and our growing national reputation.

Formerly a Principal Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), a Soloist with San Francisco Ballet (SFB) andBoston Ballet, David has toured extensively across the globe performing at Lincoln Center, NY, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, Paris Opera, Paris as well as major houses in Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa. His repertoire is vast, spanning many eras and genres of dance. He has performed principal roles from many of the classics; Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Copellia, La Fille Mal Garde, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote and others; to the Champion Roper in Agnes DeMille's Rodeo, and the Husband in Robins' The Concert, Pulcinella in Caniparoli's Pulcinella, King Arthur in Bintley's Arthur, and Gaveston in Edward II. David has also been privileged to dance Principal roles in many 20th century choreographers' masterpieces including the works of Balanchine, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welsh, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Hans Van Manen, Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor and William Forsythe among many more. David’s dancing has been described as ‘alluring and mercurial’, ‘polished’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘fearless’.

David has enjoyed a choreographic career over twenty years and a performance career over thirty years. He has created works on dancers from around the world including New York City Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Repertory Ensemble and others. David travels regularly as a guest teacher to work with ballet companies and schools including Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Royal Ballet School of London, and Salzburg International Ballet Academy.

David’s critically acclaimed Solemn Opus: The Journey of Lost and Found has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, in Greece at the 20th World Congress on Dance, UNESCO, and at the Ballet Builders Choreographers’ Showcase in New York City. He has also choreographed children’s works for the Commonwealth Games, and the Lord Mayor of London Parade in the United Kingdom.

David holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and delivers the BFA and BA Programs in Dance Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Associate Professor of Dance and Head of the BFA in Dance at UT, and Co-Producer of the Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op, the largest festival of performance related student generated art in the country. View his work here.

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