I moved and spoke on stage in myths and fairy tales until I was nineteen, and then I began to dance. It is movement as communication that has kept me tirelessly challenged and perpetually rewarded.” ~ David Earle
Rooted in founding the art form of Modern Dance in this country after being immersed in the world and works of two of the great choreographers of the 20th Century – Martha Graham and Jose Limon – David Earle’s progressive and passionate choreography has influenced dancers and enchanted audiences for over four decades. In his forty years as a choreographer, David Earle has created over 140 works.
In 1968, David Earle co-founded Toronto Dance Theatre with Patricia Beatty and Peter Randazzo. He was appointed sole artistic director in 1987. In December 1996, Earle left TDT and founded Dancetheatre David Earle. Since then, the company has presented nearly 50 new works. DtDE regularly performs across Canada and internationally.
In recognition of his contribution to the arts, David Earle has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Among them, the Clifford E. Lee and Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the Order of Canada, an honourary Doctorate of Laws by Queen’s University, and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. In March 2006 Dance Collection Danse published “David Earle: A Choreographic Biography”, written by Michele Green. In 2008, he was a finalist in the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
He has most recently been the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to support the creation of a memoir entitled “Letters to a Young Dancer (A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival)”. David Earle continues to teach and to choreograph from the company’s home in Guelph, Ontario.