Doppelgänger presents its inaugural concert

Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle DavidsonDoppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC), a company founded by dancers Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson to foster the creation and performance of original, contemporary choreographic work, will present its inaugural full-length event THE FIRST FOUR Concert and Symposium on March 11 and 12 at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University in Providence, RI.


The concert features four newly commissioned dance works created specifically for this innovative duets company by an esteemed group of local and national dancemakers, including Heidi Henderson (RI), Paul Singh (NY), Sydney Skybetter (RI) and B.J. Sullivan (NC). The dances will be accompanied by a string ensemble led by DDC’s musical director, cellist Adrienne Taylor.  


The impetus for Baryshnikov and Davidson’s duets project originated while dancing side-by-side in technique class one Saturday morning in Providence. The two found they were inherently drawn to dance in close proximity, pushing one another forward with each opportunity to execute the movement. With a similarly powerful, fierce physicality and versatile technique, the duo knew they could offer a compelling and bold evening-length performance as a pair. Eager for the challenge, Baryshnikov and Davidson decided to commission four choreographers to create original duets with the goal of performing their first program together in the winter of 2016.  


Baryshnikov explains, “Because of our self-same personalities and the fact that we were already calling one another ‘twinsie’ on the dance floor, we named our collaboration ‘Doppelgänger Dance Collective.’ This is an incredibly exciting collaboration. Everyone who sees us dance seems to quickly recognize that we are meant to share the stage.”


After seeing DDC perform in a showing at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Diane Arvanites, the co-artistic director of Natick­based Prometheus Dance, said, “The performance…was mesmerizingly beautiful. You could hear a pin drop. Danielle and Shura are physically matched, strong technical performers with the subtlety of history and artistry running under current to the work.”


Surrounding the presentation of these four new works, the collective is working with Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies Noémie Solomon to plan a rich dance and humanities symposium focused on choreography, creative process and collaborative partnerships. The symposium component of THE FIRST FOUR will include masterclasses taught by the four commissioned choreographers and a moderated public discussion with the contributing artists and honored guests titled “Sounding Dance: Conversations on Creative Exchange”. The masterclasses and public discussion will be free and open to the community. As is reflected in DDC’s mission, it is essential that the symposium provide community access to the participating choreographers as well as offering community benefit through discussion of creative partnerships. (For a full schedule of activities, visit the collective’s website.)


Concert tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for students. Reserve your seats at


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Photo: Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson. Photo by Marc Pilaro.