Daniel Belton b. 1970 Kapiti Coast, New Zealand.
Daniel has an extensive performance career, working with Douglas Wright Dance Company (NZ), Arc Dance Company and Kim Brandstrup (London/Denmark), Irek Mukhamedov (London/Denmark), Aletta Collins (UK), The Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (UK), Compania Vicente Saez (Spain), Jeremy James and Company (London), Lindsay Kemp Company (Spain/UK), and Tanz Company Gervasi (Vienna).
He returned to New Zealand in 1997 and founded Good Company Arts with Donnine Harrison. The project based company is renowned for their innovative approach to stage and screen arts. Many successful projects combining digital and performing arts with film have been completed through Daniel Belton's leadership. As digital cinema, installation and live performance their work continues to be celebrated in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and the USA.
Daniel is renowned guest tutor in the fields of contemporary dance and choreography, visual and sonic design, video-dance and experimental film. As an independent choreographer and film maker he has been commissioned by Black Grace Dance Co, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Unitec School of Screen and Performing Arts, The New Zealand School of Dance, The Body Festival, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Filmaka LLC, Los Angeles, Channel4 UK TV, amongst others. His film work has made selection to over 100 major international festivals in dance and new media. Daniel brings 24 years professional experience as a choreographer, dancer and visual artist. He has been recording and editing moving image since 2001. In 2009-10 Daniel was awarded the Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship for which he created “Line Dances”, a series of 7 distinctive dance films - fusing quantum physics, photography and choreography. In June 2011 he presented “Soma Songs” as invited guest to the NZ Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ11), Czech Republic. In April 2012 he was invited to perform, lecture and teach at Festival Internacional De La Imagen, Manizales, Colombia. Later in 2012 his company premiered TIME DANCE in association with music ensemble Stroma to Body and Tempo festivals in New Zealand. Most recently he was an invited guest artist for the Library and National Archives of Quebec (BAnQ), Montreal, Canada; Ryerson University Image Centre,Toronto, Canada; Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK; Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany; Genius Loci Weimar International Video Mapping Festival 2013, Germany; World Stage Design Festival 2013, Cardiff, UK; Sapienza University and Romaeuropa International Festival 2013, Rome, Italy; HBK and xm:lab (Academy of Fine Arts Saar) in association with N.O.W DanceSaar Internationales Tanzfestival 2013, Saarbrücken, Germany. During 2014 Daniel has been researching and presenting in Europe at Zentrum Paul Klee, and creating the new media arts project "OneOne" for New Zealand festivals. His latest work "Satellites" (commissioned for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's national tour) has been met with public and critical acclaim.