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About Daniel

Daniel was born in Nairne, in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. He is of Lebanese and Maori cultural heritage.

In 2004, at the age of 18 he joined the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) under the direction of Garry Stewart. Daniel works as a company dancer at ADT, while making space to create his own choreographic and performance works. He has produced and premiered independent performances, undertaken commissions for other companies, and restaged the repertoire of Garry Stewart at colleges and universities in Australia and abroad. He has lectured in contemporary technique, improvisation, partnering, composition and critical studies at colleges and universities in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.

Daniel created his first full-length work, Nought in 2013. The work, which was commissioned by ADT, premiered at the Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide and was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre work and won numerous accolades in the 2013/14 Dance Australia Critics Circle Awards including best new work and most outstanding choreography.

Jaber’s debut solo work “Too Far Again, Not Far Enough…” won the Best Dance Work at the Adelaide Fringe Awards, and the Best New Work and Most Interesting Artist in the 2015 Dance Australia Critics Survey Awards.

In 2015 Daniel was appointed Creative Director of LW Dance Hub (now SA Dance Hub). In this time he created the solo work “A Dying Swan” and created new works for ADT, Expressions Dance Company (now Australasian Dance Collective), Houston Ballet II, Qantas, Dance Moms, Dubai Festival City and Architanz Tokyo while venturing to restructure the organisation from a dance company to an independent dance hub.

Daniel is inspired by collaboration, fashion, music and people. He is compelled to create visceral and emotional performances driven by a passion to share and connect the complexities of the human condition.