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.
Looking forward to connecting with all of You again soon, and figuring all of this out together.
Lots of love,
I hope this finds You all fabulous! A few short notes to let You know what’s going on in my world in the coming months.
TOMORROW, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28! – DO forgive the short notice, and then DO join me for a screening of Sonata – part two of the Sex & Space Trilogy, as part of Lick & Listen#7, at 8pm at IPA Bar Berlin. Fecunda Lab hosts this series of “ethical porn” films combined with Live Music – Sonata is being scored for the evening by musician Marcello S. Busato. Curious to see (and hear) this one.
October 18, 8:30pm, at Somatische Akademie Berlin: a showing of The Universe Project, the new dance piece i’ve been working on (last seen at the end of a Tanzfabrik Open Spaces Residency at Uferstudios in July) with dancers Paweł Dudus & Laura Eva Meuris, sound by Kay Karl and cranio-sacral dramaturgy by Nica Berndt-Caccivio. The showing is part of SINCE – Somatics in Creation, curated by Ingo Reulecke, a series featuring artists working with somatic approaches.
October 23 to November 10, at the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin: Teaching a three-week seminar On Intimacy in Process and Performance in the B.A. “Dance, Context, Choreography” program. This is my first extended venture into university teaching, and i’m really curious and excited to see how the work goes over in that environment…
November 17-19, teaching the workshop The Antidote to Capitalism is Community at the Body IQ Festival, taking place at Somatische Akademie Berlin. Last year’s festival was an amazing experience, and this year’s theme is Body Democracy/Democratic Body, which speaks to my current interest in the effect that artistic work, and specifically somatics, can have on social and political realities.
Hope to see You at ALL of these things – or for a matcha latte around town… Lots of LOVE
xxx, David B.
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!
First off, FINALLY managed to finish the trailer of Shapeshifters, three months after its theatrical release. Work and kids. Here it is:
AND, here are some excerpts from a lecture i gave this past July as part of the 4th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education: The Importance of Being (Un)Necessary, at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival:
If You’ve never seen my film Quintet – a choreopornographic experiment – from 2013, the flick that started the contemporary dance porn genre and was the starting point of a magical journey for my own self, it will screening again in Berlin THIS FRIDAY (TOMORROW!), February 3, 8pm, at Spektrum as part of Best of Porn Film Festival, in the framework of Vorspiel/Transmediale & CTM. See You there!
Next up, i’ll be performing for Scottish mastermind Susanna Curtis in her production Alice.ecilA, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking-Glass (the slightly less over-referenced sequel to Alice in Wonderland). Premiere is at the Tafelhalle in Nuremberg on February 16, with further shows happening February 17 & 18, and April 7 through 9.
As Susanna said to me before rehearsals: “David, i have to warn You, it’s going to be pretty representational.” She spoke the truth, but i’m enjoying myself. Come by if You’re in the neighborhood!
I am super grateful and happy to be returning to one of my favorite (not to mention one of the most professionally organized) festivals on gender and sexuality, La Fête du Slip in Lausanne, Switzerland. My most recent film, and the final part of the Sex and Space Trilogy that began with Quintet, SHAPESHIFTERS, will be screening at the festival Friday March 3 at 22:00, Saturday March 4 at 16:00, and Sunday March 5 at 12:00.
Lastly, Australian performance whirlwind Renae Shadler and myself will be showing the most recent version of our work in progress NAMING IT at Berlin’s fine venue ada Studios (located in the Uferstudios) at their series NAH DRAN, March 11 & 12, 20:30 both nights. Really enjoying my work with Renae, which tackles language, somatics, magick, reality, and other light fare. Check it out! Email ada for reservations, as space always proves extremely limited.
Finally, this month’s public service announcement: If You’re a U.S. citizen, i highly recommend this practical, positive, and easy-to use guide for resisting the Big Orange agenda: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
It’s very much within the system, and while i acknowledge all of my anarchist friends’ desire to dream bigger and better than the current system, i also feel that the most sustainable transformations (on any level) often occur slowly, painfully, and from within. Big thank you hug to fellow dance artiste Kareth Schaffer for making me aware of it.
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.
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,
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 email@example.com to secure a place!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Huzzah Dance Fans!
Greetings from Nuremberg/Fürth, the Bavarian hotspot where i’m currently working with old friend and all-around great person Barbara Bess and her company WildeVerwandteProduktionen on her new piece tonträger_ein körperkonzert.
Premiere will be March 17 at the Tafelhalle in Nuremberg. Further performances are March 18, 23 & 24, April 28 & 29, and May 1. If You’re in the greater Nuremberg area, stop on by!
It’s rare these days that i’m a “hired body” for someone else’s choreography, and i’m really enjoying having ZERO responsibilities for a change… just show up & rehearse, no admin, no dealing with theaters, funding, etc., while still getting to dance! Good to do this once in a while.
In other news:
FRIENDS, ROMANS, COUNTRYPEOPLE! This coming weekend, i’ll be teaching my Valentine’s Day special workshop The Choreography of a Play Party at awesome alternative space Forte Prenestino in Rome as part of the festival Le Frociate.
February 13 & 14, 11:00 to 18:00 both days. Register NOW at email@example.com
Full workshop description HERE, FB event HERE.
And – MARCH SCREENINGS:
SONATA, second part of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screening at Cinekink 2016 in New York City, at the Film Anthology Archives, on March 3 at 7pm. It’s always especially exciting for me to have my work shown in my spiritual home town.
And Quintet – a choreopornographic experiment, the first part of the series, from 2013, isn’t dead yet either, as it will be screening at the Festival Je(ux) de Genres at the Théâtre Massenet in Lille, France, on March 10, at 8pm.
Also, hard at work editing PART THREE of the Trilogy after completing principal photography last month! More on that soon…
Sadly, i won’t be able to attend the screenings in either NYC or Lille, but if You make it, let me know. I love having a spy in the audience!
Sending You all much love, many kisses, and all the best for your own projects, lives, loves, connections!