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Autumn News

Happy September, Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You calm, curious, and inexplicably optimistic. Around here, things have slowly been getting back to some sort of what passes for normal/routine/alleged career trajectory. I’m trying to keep the pleasurable sides of quarantine going, though, such as sourdough baking and questioning whether i need to be running somewhere all the time. In that spirit, i’m actually slowing down to TAKE a workshop for once this week, with the charming and handsome Jonathan Burrows, at Berlin’s notorious LAKE Studios.

And yet, tomorrow i’ll be off to Amsterdam to facilitate a workfloor on movement and space for the students at the Rietveld Academie for Fine Arts & Design. Excited to touch base with one of my favorite arts institutions, forever questioning how you can ever “educate” artistic practice. What does it need?

The week after, heading on to Hamburg to catch the premiere of young choreographer Marcelo Dono’s work Grind Me at the Lichthof Theater on September 18 & 19. I was Marcelo’s mentor for the process and was touched by his openness and generosity. There may still be a few tickets left, if You happen to be in Hamburg.

I will also be putting on my musical hat in September, playing piano for ballet classes (!) once again (for the first time since March), at Marameo Berlin, 2pm on Sep 16, 18, 21, 23, & 25, for the divine Kevin Quinaou.

In October, i am happy to be part of the opening of the IKSK – Institut für Körperforschung und S*xuelle Kultur (Institute for Body Research and S*xual Culture), a new Berlin space in a fabulous location on the river, run by choreographer Felix Ruckert and others. Whatever You may think of Felix (and i’ve thought a large number of different things about him over the years), he has definitely combined choreographic/artistic and conscious s*xuality work throughout his career on a level that few others have, and i consider him to be my artistic grandpa and one of my most important influences, both in deciding what i want, and what i don’t want. I will be part of a series of “Intimate Interviews” and “Expert Talks” throughout the Grand Opening Weekend, October 2-4. It’s free! Stop on by!

On a very different note, on October 10 (afternoon-ish), i will be performing in the duet Einfach Tanzen (ages 7 and up), by the talented and laid-back Martin Nachbar, as part of the 10-year anniversary of Uferstudios Berlin.

And finally, teaching the workshop Introduction to S*x Magick at the STRETCH Festival for Men* Online, running from October 28 to November 2. The survival of the STRETCH community has become even MORE precarious this year due to the cancellation of several festivals, so come online and support us and experience some great workshops in the process!

And of course, You can ALWAYS find me on Tuesday evenings at 8:15pm at Tanzfabrik Berlin for my regular class Finding the Most Open Question. Due to You-know-what, You need to register online via fitogram if You want to come. Hope to see You there!
Sending lots of love,
xxx,
David B.

P.S. This feels almost clichéd by now, but i wouldn’t mention it if it weren’t necessary. Yes, democracy is a deeply flawed system, but: since we enjoy some of its benefits as well, i think we have a responsibility to participate (while also trying to transform it). So if You’re a U.S. citizen, VOTE. VOTE. Remember, if You feel the outcome of the election won’t affect your life, that may be a sign of privilege. There are many who it will. Have You voted yet?

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Summer News 2020


Finding the Most Open Question ONLINE – it’s been a fun 13 weeks

Dear Dance Fans,


STRETCH Festival for Men* – cancelled! Xplore Festival Berlin – cancelled! White supremacy – cancelled! I was a lot sadder to see some of those go than others. Let’s transform.

Here are a few offerings in coming months:

First of all, after 3 months online, my regular weekly class Finding the Most Open Question will be happening in physical spacetime again, starting this week (July 7), still on Tuesday evenings, now at 8:15pm, and please note it will now take place at the Kreuzberg branch of Tanzfabrik Berlin (studio 3). Space is limited and registration is only possible online so please check the Tanzfabrik website for instructions and COVID guidelines. Looking forward to see You there and play with the space between! (at least 1.5 meters)
The online class may still happen from time to time for all my favorite participants in Vienna, Portland, South Africa, and elsewhere. Thank You so much for dropping in!

Excited to be teaching a workshop in real life again! And in Berlin, no less. Desire – on Intimacy in Process & Performance – will happen as part of Marameo Berlin’s summer program on August 1 & 2, 3pm to 6pm both days. We will not go into physical contact, but rather explore how socially distant times inform the desire in space. Once again, spaces are limited so sign up now!

Also this summer: really looking forward to working as an outside eye with young Hamburg-based choreographer Marcelo Dono on his new piece Grind Me, premiering September 18 at the Lichthof Theater in Hamburg.

Music Lovers: I’m very excited to be featured piano-wise on my good friend Merlin Dietrich’s new EP Songs from a Warehouse. Check it out here. The big piano tune is “Ballad from Awarehouse”.

Looking forward to connecting with all of You again soon, and figuring all of this out together.

Lots of love,
David B.

Quarantine Tori

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2020 News

Odin’s Forest

Good morning, Neighbors!

I hope this finds You happy and well!

Some early-year offerings:

After traveling last week, i am back to teaching my regular Tuesday evening class, Finding the Most Open Question, at Tanzfabrik Berlin (Wedding version, Uferstudio 3) Tuesdays at 8pm. Depending on the evening, we cover breath, bones, kidneys, Truth, Beauty, God*dess, the Universe, that sort of thing. Stop on by!

Recently, i’ve been working a bit more “behind the scenes” than usual, out of the public eye: Just came back from Frankfurt, where i taught another seminar in the M.A. of Contemporary Dance Education at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. That’s becoming a more regular thing for me, and it’s wonderful to connect to and exchange with others who are in a process around transmission and facilitation.

Several weeks ago, i was delighted to be in Munich to work as an outside eye with Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś on their new production Scores that Shaped our Friendship. It’s a beautiful piece about love and vulnerability (rave review in the Süddeutsche Zeitung here) and premiered this past Thursday, but You can still catch the final Munich show tonight, Sunday, February 16 at 8pm at the Schwere Reiter.

Next week, i will head down to Franconia, where i will be teaching a workshop in the framework of artistic research for  Barbara Bess’ new production BeComing. There will be an interactive sharing of the research phase at Tanzzentrale in Fürth on Sunday February 23 at 7pm.

More stuff:

Artist and parent extraordinaire Juli Reinartz and i will be facilitating a workshop/discussion that was postponed from December, on Little Disasters, or Parenting While Making Art, on Monday, March 2, 12-3pm at Uferstudios Berlin. Come join us, and make sure You register with Tanzbüro at gersch@tanzbuero-berlin.de

On a somewhat different note, join me for the full weekend workshop BDSM & Choreography, run by Authentic Eros at The Village Berlin, March 7 & 8! This is a rare mixed gender workshop at the Village, and will explore the relationship between BDSM and choreographic practices. Register here!

An excerpt from Sonata, my short film from 2015, will screen as part of a program on the erotic body during the Cinedans Festival at The Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, March 25-29.

In April, i will be giving the workshop Introduction to S+x Magick, at the illustrious STRETCH Festival (for men*) in Berlin, Easter weekend, April 10-12. (my workshop is on the Saturday)

Looking forward to running into You here and/or there, and stay tuned for some more workshops happening later this year in London, Helsinki, and Berlin, plus finally getting back on stage choreographically with a solo scheduled to show in the fall!

Please take a moment to check out this petition to save Uferstudios from turbo-capitalism. Berlin may not be able to completely prevent itself from becoming New York, but the city’s unique history has sparked a number of initiatives to slow things down longer than elsewhere:
Click here for the Change.org petition

Sending You lots and lots of February Love,
xxx,
David B.

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Autumnal News

Dear Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You all fabulous! Fresh from performing in Akemi Nagao’s piece Juicy 💜 Metamorphosis last week, and teaching some classes on Intimacy in Process and Performance at international bondage festival EURIX, the year continues at high speed. Hope You can join me for some of the following:

This coming weekend, i will be at the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival, presenting my film Shapeshifters from 2016, the third part of the S+x & Space Trilogy, and giving an artist’s talk about it and the other parts. The festival runs all weekend, with my screening and talk happening Sunday November 3 at 5:30pm, at Dansens Hus.

Monday November 11 through Thursday November 14, daily from 10:30 to 12:00, i will be giving morning classes for professionals, Pleasure – a Contemporary Technique Class, at K3 Choreographic Center at Kampnagel in Hamburg.

Then returning to Berlin for the Body IQ Somatics Festival, at Somatische Akademie, November 15-17, where i will be teaching the workshop Men* Touching Men* on the Sunday afternoon. This festival looks at the relevance of somatic practice for an ethical, embodied, and sustainable society and i highly recommend checking it out.

Performing for handsome Martin Nachbar in his duet Einfach Tanzen (formerly Männer Tanzen, now with a more diverse rotating cast of characters) at Berlin’s FELD Theater for Young Audiences on December 18, 27, and 28. Check the website for more performances of the same show with other performers. The piece is suitable for ages 6 and up.

Also still teaching my regular Tuesday evening class Finding the Most Open Question at Tanzfabrik Wedding (in Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 3), every Tuesday at 8pm (except for Nov 12 & 26, when i will be substituted for by the ecologically sustainable Javier Cura). Come and join this exploration of somatic work into performance, and be both inside and outside your body at the same time! Radical!

Special Announcement Dept.: December 17, 12:00 to 15:00, at Uferstudios Berlin, choreographer and mom extraordinaire Juli Reinartz and i will be facilitating the workshop “Little Disasters, or Parenting While Making Art” in the frame of Tanzbüro Berlin’s peer-to-peer artist-led workshops. The title takes its inspiration from performance icon Marina Abramovic’s statement in an interview, “Having children would have been a disaster for my work. One only has limited energy in the body, and I would have had to divide it.” While not exactly trying to prove the opposite, we will nevertheless try to co-create some alternate narratives together with the participants. Kids are, needless to say, welcome! Participants without kids: also welcome!
Looking forward to seeing You around town! Sending lots of L O V E,

xxx,
David B.

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Summer News

The Artis

The Artist. Mask by Lúthien Tinúviel Bloom

Happy Summer, Dance Fans!


I hope this finds You all fabulous! It’s a busy couple of months, so will try to give You the newest latest, hippest freshest, without much embellishment, not always an easy task:

TOMORROW, Wednesday August 21, 9pm in Seattle! Sonata, my short film from 2015, will be screening as part of the “Best of SECS Fest” event at Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema. Everyone i know in Seattle: Go! Alice, this means YOU!

This coming Friday, August 23, from 7pm: I will be contributing to the official grand opening of a new queer, se+-positive art space in Berlin, Karada House, by performing my predictive one-on-one performance, Se+ual Fortune Telling. Come and discover your se+ual future here!  I’m excited about this new space, and warmly invite You to help us inaugurate it in style. Other performers the same evening include Caritia and Bishop Black.

Continuing the Karada House opening week, i will be offering my workshop The Choreography of a Play Party, Thursday August 29, at 7:30pm. For those who keep asking me when they can take a workshop in Berlin, this is a rare opportunity. The three-hour workshop is a good introduction to the work around intimacy, desire, and boundaries that i’ve been busy with for the past 6 or so years. Sign up here!

September 3-8, near Barcelona: Facilitating two workshops, a shorter version of The Choreography of a Play Party, and my ever-popular Spanking for Beginners, at the Touch & Play Barcelona 2019 Festival: Politics of Pleasure.

From September 10, my regular Tuesday evening classes at Tanzfabrik Berlin (in Wedding, at Uferstudios, Studio 3, 8pm), restart. Come join me every week for Finding the Most Open Question, a somatic approach to performance.

And now for something completely different: Monday September 16 at 2pm, and Tuesday September 17 at 10am: performing in handsome Martin Nachbar’s piece Männer Tanzen (suggested for ages 7 and up), at the Feld Theater for Young Audiences in Berlin. Come and see me do something kid-friendly! Small theater, reservation recommended.

Saturday October 5, & Sunday October 6: teaching a full weekend workshop on BDSM & Choreography, for Authentic Eros, at The Village, Berlin. This workshop is open to men* of all genders.

Saturday, October 19: Sonata again, this time screening at Choreoscope, the International Dance Film Festival of Barcelona

Sunday, October 20, & Monday, October 21: Excited to perform in my friend Akemi Nagao’s piece Verbotene Liebe, in the context of her M.A. Choreography studies at HZT Berlin, at the Ernst-Busch-Hochschule für Schauspielkunst.

November preview: Teaching morning classes (Pleasure – a contemporary technique class) at K3 Hamburg, November 11-14, and a workshop on men* touching men* at the fabulous Body IQ Festival in Berlin, November 15-17.

Congratulations if You made it this far down! Hope to see You at any and/or all of these!

Sending lots and lots of love through the ether.
xxx,
David B.

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Spring News!

Photo by Roberto Duarte during the filming session for his dance film Transferences 2

Happy Spring, Dance Fans!

Some upcoming items of interest:

This coming weekend, April 6 & 7, at 4pm both days, performing with the fabulous Martin Nachbar in his duet Männer Tanzen, at the Feld Theater (formerly Theater am Winterfeldtplatz) in Berlin. The piece is intended for ages 7 and older, but i think works for slightly younger kids and adults as well. Come and watch me finally do something fun and child-friendly!

On a different note, teaching my always-popular workshop Spanking for Beginners at the stupendous STRETCH Festival (for men* of all genders), appropriately over Easter (transforming pain into salvation), April 19-21 at Tanzfabrik Berlin.

Teaching Dance Into S*x Magick in Cork, Ireland, on the weekend of May 4 & 5. Email machashewolf@gmail.com for more information and to register (Censorship! I was told to obscure the actual name of the workshop, lest my newsletter end up in your spam! Please add the vowel You most wish it to be, and join us in Cork!).

Working around Intimacy in Process and Performance with the students of the M.A. in Contemporary Dance Education at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, June 18 & 19.

Also: ongoing! My regular Tuesday evening class Finding the Most Open Question, every week at 8pm (except during Pesach, April 23), at Tanzfabrik Berlin (Uferstudios branch). Come and join me to explore the somatics of performance and the performative potential of somatics! (and to learn the secret real name of the class, which i only tell participants.)

Also continuing to play piano for ballet classes around town, including this coming week at Marameo for Kevin Quinaou’s professional classes, so if You enjoy spending some time in the classical paradigm, join us and hear me play on a good piano!

Sending Love out there.
xxx,
David B.

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November-December News

Happy Autumn, Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You fabulous! The above notes were from a workshop i gave earlier this month to design students at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. I shared one of the wonderful tuning scores by the brilliant Lisa Nelson and asked one of the students to make a note of the tasks we were working with. Being a fine arts & design academy, it came out much nicer than i’m used to – i enjoy the mix of calligraphy and post-modern dance (and the Dutch spelling of “pause/pauze”).

This is what i’ll be up to this month and the next:

November 3 & 4: Teaching two workshops, The Choreography of a Play Party, and the much-needed Discipline, at STRETCH Festival Berlin.

Then running over to Tanzfabrik Berlin to perform with Ingo Reulecke and Kai Evans at Common Ground, Sunday November 4 at 6pm.

Starting November 5, and running through December 19, i’ll be facilitating a Performance Project on Desire – Intimacy in Process and Performance – at Tanzfabrik Berlin. The project is fully booked, but please come to see the final showing on December 19 at 9pm in Uferstudio 3. You can also still join the open class, Pleasure – a contemporary technique class – which will be happening before the performance project every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:15pm, also November 5 through December 19.

From November 10 to 15, i will be rehearsing my new piece The Universe Project in the frame of a creative residency at Tanzzentrale Nürnberg. There will be a public showing at Tanzzentrale the evening of November 15, and a public conversation about the role of desire in choreography between Nuremberg-based choreographer Barbara Bess and myself at Tafelhalle Nürnberg on November 13.

And finally, on Friday November 23 & Saturday November 24, i will be presenting my one-on-one performance Sexual Fortune Telling at the marvelous PornyDays Festival in Zurich, between 6 and 10pm both days.

Hope to see You there!

Sending lots of love,
xxx,
David B.

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September-October News

Happy Thursday, Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You all happy, healthy, and doing what You love.

Taking a short break from playing piano for the still-fabulous dancers from Tanztheater Wuppertal during their Berlin tour to give You a little update on what’s happening in my corner of the universe:

Tonight, Thursday, August 30, my film Sonata (Part 2 of the Sex & Space Trilogy) will be screening at the Schikaneder Cinema in Vienna as part of the Art of Sex Festival.

Next week, September 3 & 4, i will be co-teaching the class Muscles & Bones with ballet teacher Matthew Thomas as part of Tanzfabrik’s 40 anniversary Jubilee Edition. I’ve been playing piano for Matthew’s class for the past 12 years (!), and this is the first time we’ve been asked to facilitate together. Matthew will begin with a ballet barre, and i will take the class through an exploration of the skeletal system in space. Class is at 4:30pm on the Monday, and 7pm on the Tuesday.

September 20: Performing in Dessau at the new Bauhaus Museum (opening next year) as part of their pre-opening get-to-know-the-space program. See me perhaps trying to fit into one of those Oskar Schlemmer costumes!

October 1 & 2: Teaching a workshop at the Rietveld Academie for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam. Very excited to be working with the students in the TXT (Textile) department, who are focusing on space & movement this semester.

Also still places available for my Tanzfabrik Performance Project on Desire, happening every Monday & Wednesday evening from November 5 until December 19, with a showing on the 19th. Check it out here!

Wishing You a wonderful day and hoping to see You at one of these or elsewhere!

xxx,
David B.