Daniel Hay-Gordon is an award winning choreographer, dancer and filmmaker who has worked extensively across Europe and the USA.
Choreographically Daniel has worked for The Royal Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, The Hollywood Bowl, Landestheater Passau, Aldeburgh Music Festival, The Print Rooms, Tanzkompagnie Theater St.Gallen, Blind Summit, Akademi, Anjali Dance Company, the BBC, The Fritz Koenig Museum of Sculpture, Fighting Dog Theatre and many others.
Daniel established ‘Thick & Tight’ with Eleanor Perry in 2012 who have gone onto create a unique rostrum of work which has been presented at Sadler’s Wells, London International Mime Festival, The Place, the Royal Festival Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Tate as well as LGBT venues such as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and over 60s events like Posh Club. They have also had commissions to make work for students at institutions such as London Contemporary Dance School and Rambert.
Since graduating in ballet and contemporary dance in 2009 from Rambert School, Daniel has worked as a freelance dancer with many companies, choreographers and directors which include Aletta Collins, Lea Anderson, Kim Brandstrup, Deborah Warner, Gary Clarke, Rambert, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ENB, NDCWales, Live Arts New York and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Two notable roles have included performing opposite Fiona Shaw in Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and dancing the solo version of Aletta Collin’s ‘Awakenings’ (originally created on Rambert Company) at Oliver Sacks’ 80thBirthday Celebrations in New York. In his own work Daniel has developed a practice imbued with his love of classical music which has culminated in performances with eminent musicians and improvisations to entire scores.
For several years Daniel has been working with Corali Dance Company, creating and facilitating work which aims to illuminate and breakdown social stigmas around learning disabilities through collaborations and establishing creative initiatives.
Daniel was recently made a Curator as part of the Royal Ballet’s Learning and Participation Team and asked to be a Patron for Southern Youth Ballet.
His videos and amateur films have been presented as part of live Operas, at film festivals, galleries and nursing homes with subjects that range from capturing journeys he has taken to his grandmother making tea.
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“I can think of no other male performer for whom movement is a more naturally expressive state. There is no other-dimensionality to Hay-Gordon, no barrier of self-consciousness or artifice. All is weight and heft and flow.”
(Time Out New York)
"hypnotic poetry in motion"
"Hay-Gordon is excellent: compelling, and utterly physically commanding."
(A Younger Theatre)
"Hay-Gordon finally gets out of his chair to perform one of the most naturally expressive contemporary dances I’ve ever seen, he completely shatters my expectations. Hay-Gordon’s dancing honestly took my breath away."
"Daniel Hay-Gordon is such a beautiful dancer to watch, the audience would probably be happy to watch him perform his solo for the full hour"
(Cloud Dance Festival)