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February-March News

Foot Washing Ritual

Foot Washing Ritual

Happy New Gregorian, Dance Fans!

The big news is that as of shabbos two weeks ago, i’m now OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. I’m officially declaring the social media experiment FAILED and celebrated last week by going to a Tarkovsky film festival that i learned about from a POSTER IN THE SUBWAY. I’m experiencing a certain amount of FOMO (Mom & Dad, click here), but also a great deal of energy and enlightenment.Please don’t hesitate to keep me in the loop about all your goings-on, subscribe me to your mailing list, let me know about anything happening You think i might be interested in. CALL ME!

This is also happening this month and next:

TOMORROW, Wednesday February 6: Substituting for Johanne Castille Bro’s Contemporary Dance Class at Tanzfabrik Berlin at 4:45pm. Feeling spontaneous? Come over! I promise some spirals and some of my usual witty repartee.

Sonata, part two of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screening at the festival La Boca Erótica in Madrid on Saturday February 10 at 7pm. It will also screen at the Vienna Porn Film Festival on March 3 at 7:30pm

Odd Jobs Dept.: This coming Sunday, February 11 at 3pm, i will be giving a tour of the exhibition Archaeomusica in Brandenburg an der Havel, about an hour outside of Berlin. Don’t ask how i became an expert on musical instruments from the Stone Age through the early Middle Ages, but if You want to know the difference between a carnyx and a bird-bone flute, You should definitely join this one!

Shapeshifters, part three of Sex & Space, will be screening at the Cinekink Festival in New York City, running from March 14-18. As i will be visiting Mom, who actually lives within walking distance of the Film Anthology Archives, i will be there live and in person!

The last week of March, i will be teaching Pleasure (a contemporary technique class) at Marameo Berlin, March 24/25 at 1pm, and March 26/28/30 at 2pm.

Also from March 30-April 1 in Berlin, i will be presenting two workshops – a Foot Washing Ritual (see photo above) and Gut Feelings – at the fabulous STRETCH Festival (for men*).

April Preview: From April 3-12, i will be teaching two weeks of Pleasure (a contemporary technique class) at Tanzquartier in Vienna, with the short workshop Desire (on Intimacy in Process and Performance) interspersed on Saturday April 7. Super happy to be making my debut at this fabulous institution.

That’s it for now – i will most likely send out another missive towards the end of March and then return to my usual rhythm of sending something out every two months.

Sending lots of love out there your way, into the void. See You soon IN REAL LIFE.

xxx,
David B.

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November-December News

Happy Scorpio Season, Dance Fans!

A couple of items happening over the next few months:

First off, this coming weekend, it’s time for the Body IQ Festival again, at Somatische Akademie Berlin, November 17-19. This year’s theme is Body Democacy // Democratic Body, and my contribution will be a workshop titled The Antidote to Capitalism is Community, on the Sunday at 4pm. Last year’s festival was amazing, so really looking forward to this one!

Two screenings:

Shapeshifters, Part Three of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screening at the fabulous PornyDays Festival in Zurich as part of the Short Film Competition on Friday, November 24 at 8:40pm, and Saturday, November 25 at 11pm.

Sonata, Part Two of the Trilogy, will be screening at La Boca Erótica Festival in Madrid, December 1 & 2. Check the festival page for exact screening times.

SECS BS Winner Laurels

I’m also super happy to report that Sonata won the Best Short Film Award at the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society’s SECS Fest in September! My first award ever!

And finally, before heading into Berlin hibernation mode for real, i’ll be performing my one-on-one show Sexual Fortune Telling at Altes Finanzamt in Berlin on December 20, from 7pm on. Come and get in touch with your sexual past, present, and especially FUTURE. See You there!

Lots of love and warm wishes in the cold season,

xxx,
David B.

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The Universe Project at Uferstudios and Other Summer News

Naming It

Photo by Renae Shadler

Dear Dance Fans,


Before taking a bit of a Summer break for some much-needed family time, there will be a first work-in-progress showing in Berlin (following a residency at Tanzfabrik) of my new piece The Universe Project at Uferstudios (Studio 4), in the framework of Tanzfabrik’s Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2017:

THIS COMING THURSDAY, JULY 20, AT 7:00pm.

I will be sharing the evening with the tremendous Renae Shadler, showing her piece “And She saw that it was good”. Both pieces are part of the Naming It research project that Renae and i began last year. After several years of film work, i’m really looking forward to sharing some live moments with my collaborators, the beautiful performers Laura Eva Meuris and Paweł Dudus, and the majestic musician Kay Karl of Gong Sound Healing Arts. Cranio-Sacral Dramaturgy was provided by Nica Berndt-Caccivio, and we’ll be dancing desire, intersubjectivity, nonduality, and magick, besides everything else in the Universe. It’s free and no need to register. See You there!

At the end of the month, i will be heading to Vienna for the IDOCDE Symposium, July 28-30, in the framework of the ImPulsTanz Festival – this year’s symposium theme is “why compromise? mind the dance.” I will be giving the warmup on one of the symposium days, with a class called “The Antidote to Capitalism is Community”.

Finally, August 17-20, it is my pleasure to teach two workshops, “Group Dynamics of Desire” and “The Choreography of a Play Party”, as well as screen the Sex & Space Film Trilogy at The Summer House Weekend, at a top-secret location in the countryside outside of London, which i hear is an experience! Come join us!

Wishing You all blissful and blessed moments, and would love to reconnect with You at one of the above, or otherwise soon!

xxx,
David B.

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Join us for EVOLOVE at Bechyne Monastery

This beautiful residency on Embodying Conscious Futures is happening in the Czech Republic next month! Czech it out! If You’re wondering how the work we do fits into the current political landscape (i do) and how art can actually affect societal change, i feel this one has a pretty interesting combination of questions raised:

https://evolove2017.wordpress.com/ for more info and to register.

Evolove

 

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May-June News

Happy Spring, Dance Fans!

Hope this finds You fabulous! A few items for this year’s special edition of PRIMAVERA:

– This week, Thursday (May 25 at 8pm), for the first time ever, the three dance films that make up the Sex & Space Trilogy will be screened together in their entirety by Fecunda Lab at The Hole in Berlin.

– Next week, i will be in Amsterdam (unbelievably ALSO for the first time), teaching the workshop “The Conscious Tinder Experience”, on the performance of our sexual being in the digital age, and how it relates to authentic desire, whatever that may be. This is happening June 2 & 3 in the framework of the fabulous FLAM Festival. Email FLAM to register!

– The same weekend, June 2-4, Shapeshifters, part three of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screened at the PopPorn Festival 7 in São Paulo, Brazil!

– June 23/24, i will be heading down to Nuremberg to teach a workshop on Sex & Space to the students of the professional training program at Mind and Dance (the former Ballettförderzentrum).

– June 26-30, i will be giving the morning classes (not only) for professionals at Berlin’s classic Dock11 Studios, Monday-Friday at 10:00. Come and join me while we spiral, honor the memory of Trisha Brown, and try to help me find the at times elusive connection between pleasure, embodiment, and dance “technique”. Full class description here!

July Preview (catch the early sign-up):
In July, i am looking forward lots to be co-teaching at Evolove – an explorative residency on creating conscious futures through embodied practices and conceptual cross-pollination – in a former Franciscan monastery in the Czech Republic. The residency will happen July 8-16 and was initiated by visionary artists Moss Beynon Juckes & Javier Cura. It features a whole bunch of interesting teachers and looks at how community and also art, of all things, can support societal revolution. Really excited about this one! Check out the website for the full program here. And join us! :)

Much love and hope to see You soon at one of these or others!
xxx,
David B.

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December News

Happy Friday, Dance Fans!

November was so busy that i didn’t even have time to send out one of these… Australian mastermind Renae Shadler and i had a first showing of our collaborative work in progress Naming It at Lake Studios Berlin and i performed in choreographer Canan Erek’s site-specific project dance poetry in Wuppertal – some video here.

November was also a month of political fatigue, fear, and one hopes, rebirth. Not sure we need another white male opinion piece right now, so i’ll just refer You to the elegant prose of Oakland activist Cat Brooks here.
And if You think dance newsletters are no forum for politics, there’s always the unsubscribe button below.

So, December…:


Two workshops to finish the year, both on my long-researched subject of Dance, Desire, and Performing the Erotic Body:

First off, i’m super, super excited to bring секс и пространство to St. Petersburg, Russia (!) on December 10 & 11. The workshop will be happening all day both days at the Human Architecture Lab, run by the amazing Liliya Burdinskaya. Thanks Liliya for inviting me! Email Liliya for more information and to register!

And then, Berlin! For those of You who keep asking when i’ll be offering something in Berlin again, my friend and fab performer Daniel Hellmann is organizing a two-day Sex & Space workshop with myself at the marvelous ada Studio, located in the Uferstudios, December 29 & 30. If You have no plans for the dark days during what the Germans call “between the years”, come join us as we shine a little light on the end of the year. Email Daniel to register!

Wishing You lots and lots of love. Stay safe, compassionate, and curious.

Best from Berlin,
xxx,
David B.

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Ballet Tomorrow!

About once every 5 years or so, i take a deep journey into dance history and actually TEACH A CLASSICAL BALLET CLASS. Tomorrow, Friday November 25, at Dock 11 i will be substituting for THREE: Beginners at 10:00, Intermediate at 18:30, and Not-Quite-Beginners at 20:15.
Experience me remembering eurocentric, colonialist dance technique, and Foucault’s Disciplined Body. All contextualized, of course. Not to mention a chance to channel your inner Black Swan. Looking forward to seeing you ALL there.
NOT A HOAX.

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September & October News

Kay Garnellen in Shapeshifters

Kay Garnellen in Shapeshifters

Happy September, Dance Fans!

Greetings from a hotel lobby in Zurich, Switzerland, where i’ll be joining artist Daniel Hellmann TONIGHT (September 11), at 6pm at Réunion, for a talk about BOUNDARIES, artistic and otherwise. Daniel will also be performing his piece Full Service. The talk is part of the Manifesta 11 Parallel Events.
Come spontaneously if You happen to be in town!

Loads of stuff going on these next two months, including the intergalactic premiere of Shapeshifters, third and final short film in the Sex & Space Trilogy, at the end of October in Berlin! So here’s a quick rundown (click on the links for more info):

September 17 & 18, Brussels: Sex & Space – a workshop on dance, desire, and performing the erotic body – at Volksroom. This is my first time working in Brussels, and there are still some places available, so email Thomas at residencevolksroom@gmail.com to secure a place!

September 21, Nuremberg: Teaching a Contemporary Dance Technique morning class, of all things – which i do far too rarely these days – at Tanzzentrale.

September 24: Performing for and with Susanna Curtis as part of the Bavarian Transformance cityXchange project at Tafelhalle Nuremberg. Returning to the Tanztheater roots! We’ll be showing the duet again in Regensburg on October 8.

September 30, Basel: Sonata, part two of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screening at 11pm as part of the festival luststreifen – queer cinema basel

October 1 & 2: Making Senses – co-teaching a workshop on movement and perception with longtime ally and collaborator Barbara Bess at the Alte Schule, near Nuremberg

October 14-16, Berlin: Teaching two workshops at the Body IQ Festival at the Somatische Akademie, on Group Dynamics of Desire – also speaking on a panel discussion about somatics moderated by Jochen Roller on the Saturday evening. This festival looks pretty interesting, with a cool lineup of teachers, and i’m really happy to be included. Looking forward to it!

October 26-30: PORN FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN, featuring (among other things) as mentioned above, the premiere of my new dance film Shapeshifters. Starring performers who usually work in porn in a fully clothed, non-explicit dance film, this one is a conceptual orgy of ideas! Check the festival website for exact screening times once they emerge.

Also at the Porn Film Festival: Artist/sex worker/pleasure activist Sadie Lune and myself will be hosting a panel on Sex-Positive Parenting!
The Berlin Porn Film Festival has seen a significant number of births within its community of sex radicals in recent years. Could it be considered the world’s most family-friendly porn festival? What are the particular challenges facing porn performers and makers, and others working with sexuality in raising kids? May there even be advantages as well?
How can we deal with social stigma attached to sex-positivity and sex work, while raising our kids to be conscious and confident about their bodies, identities, pleasure, and boundaries?

Sorry for the wordiness! Hope to see You at one or more of these and wishing You much love and happiness until we meet again!

xxx,
David B.

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July-August News

Shapeshifters Collage

Happy Summer, Dance Fans!

Sorry for the long silence – I’ve been heavily in research and development mode, mainly editing Shapeshifters, part THREE of the soon-to-be classic Sex & Space Trilogy (see nifty collage above). After two porn films with dancers, this one reverses the concept – it’s a dance film with porn stars, wherein Jiz Lee, Gala Vanting, Kay Garnellen, Bishop Black, & Jasko Fide talk about their performance practice & try out some contemporary dance improv tasks. This one has no sex or even nudity. Talk about radical!
Shapeshifters
is set to premiere in October 2016. More info & a trailer coming soon!
The next months see me return to public life, first off at the IDOCDE Symposium, “The Importance of Being (Un)Necessary” in Vienna, July 29-31, within the framework of the ImPulsTanz Festival at Arsenal. I’ll be hosting a lecture/interactive discussion on Conscious Sexuality Practices in Contemporary Dance Education, on Saturday, July 30, at 3:15pm.
The week directly afterwards, i’m thrilled to be presenting Sex & Space: a workshop on Dance, Desire, and Performing the Erotic Body during week 3 of ImPulsTanz, August 1-5 daily. There may still be some spaces available, so email workshopoffice@impulstanz.com to register and be part of the psychedelic and overwhelming cosmos that is ImPulsTanz.

Finally, after returning to Berlin, i’ll be switching contexts completely once again, and facilitating two workshops, Sensual Somatics and The Choreography of a Play Party, at the Liebeskunstfestival, happening just outside Berlin at the FARM, August 12-21.

Hope to catch You at one or more of these, and wishing You all the very, very best for your summer projects, professional, personal, political, and otherwise.

One Love!
xxx,
David B.