David Earle is a Canadian trailblazer, a master choreographer and teacher, and a cultural icon. His dancers are some of the most physically eloquent, powerful, and individual artists in Canada.
Although he is deeply faithful to the philosophies of his greatest teachers, especially Martha Graham & José Limôn, he struck out on his own path immediately after returning to his native country in 1968. Having absorbed New York modernism and dance’s radical postmodern experiments of the 1960’s, and after helping to launch the first two seasons of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre in England, he was now ready to create his own work and so, with Patricia Beatty and Peter Randazzo – Toronto Dance Theatre – went on to twenty-eight years of triumphant international tours. They were adored and sometimes vilified for their provocative sensual theatricality, virtuosity and emotional honesty.
In 1996 David established Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) as a means to support continued creation, preserve his repertoire, and to ‘serve as a forum for younger artists whose concern is the humanity in dance.’
Driven by a desire to create an enduring container for the repertoire and teaching of his now unique dance language, many dancers have followed David to study and perform, often with live music ensembles, multimedia collaborations, and new creation to contemporary scores. DtDE has presented more than 60 new works as part of over 130 performances, including commissions from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Soundstreams Canada, NUMUS (Kitchener-Waterloo), the Open Ears Festival, the Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Gryphon Trio.
David Earle is dedicated to the beauty and musicality of dance, making him stand out in a medium that often rejects both. Indeed, his sense for the unity of music and dance is legendary, and his works for large groups, set to such compositions as Mozart’s Requiem and Allegri Miserere, still astonish at every performance. His openness to experiment and his willingness to challenge superficiality and cynicism mean that his work speaks forcefully to contemporary audiences. He is truly unique in his ability to reach and to move spectators of every background, whatever their familiarity with dance and its traditions.
David Earle’s work has a long history and continues to evolve, remaining true to his roots as well as responsive to the world around us.