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David Earle

Toronto Dance Theatre / Dancetheatre David Earle

(1939- )

David Earle is one of Canada's most prolific and passionate choreographers. His early stage appearances were with the theatre company Toronto Children's Players, and with Yoné Kvietys' modern dance group in Toronto. In the 1960s, he was a scholarship student in New York at the Martha Graham School. He also performed with the José Limón Dance Company and was the assistant director during the first season of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre in England.

In 1968, Earle returned to Toronto where he joined forces with Patricia Beatty and Peter Randazzo to found Toronto Dance Theatre. He later acted as the sole artistic director from 1987 until 1994. In 1997, he established a new company, Dancetheatre David Earle, in Guelph, Ontario.

Earle has choreographed over 100 works. His style, for example in his Sacra Conversazione (1984) and Boat River Moon (1972), often draws on his profound spirituality as well as his interest in visual imagery and mythology. Earle has the distinction of being one of the few modern dance choreographers whose works cross the ballet/modern divide and are in the repertoires of several ballet companies, including the National Ballet of Canada and Ballet British Columbia.

As a popular teacher, Earle has guest taught across Canada and the United States. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in dance. In 1997, he was inducted into the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.


Dancetheatre David Earle

Learn more:

Saxton, Nadine, and Katherine Cornell. Toronto Dance Theatre, 1968-1998: Stages in a Journey. North York, ON: Captus Press, 1998. Wyman, Max. Dance Canada: An Illustrated History. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1989.