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DANIEL JABER

Dancer

Born in Nairne, in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Daniel is of Lebanese and Maori cultural heritage. His dance training began in Adelaide with Christine Underdown (Dancecraft Studios) and Barbara Komazec (Barbie Jayne Dance Centre). He further pursued his training through the Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Ballet Company Professional Year and the Adelaide College of the Arts before joining Australian Dance Theatre as a trainee dancer, under the direction of Garry Stewart, at the age of 17.

As a company member of ADT (2004-2021), Jaber has toured the world extensively and participated in the creation of new work as well as repertoire work.

In 2013, Stewart commissioned Jaber to create his first full-length work, Nought, which premiered on the ADT at the Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide. Nought was subsequently nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work and received several accolades in the Dance Australia critics survey awards, including Most Outstanding Choreography and Best New Work.

Focusing his time as a choreographer between 2015-2017, Jaber created work for ADT, Expressions Dance Company (now Australasian Dance Collective), Houston Ballet 2, Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Dance Moms, Dubai Festival, Architanz Tokyo and was the Creative Director of LW Dance Hub (now Dance Hub SA) in 2015. He has choreographed new works on many tertiary institutions, universities and colleges throughout Australasia and the US, including QUT, Adelaide College of the Arts, California State University (LA & Fullerton), Transit Dance and the New Zealand School of Dance.