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September-October News

Photo by Roberto Duarte

Photo by Roberto Duarte

Dear Dance Fans!

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 28/29, at The Village Berlin: Teaching two workshops on The Choreography of a Play Party at STRETCH IMAGINE, a festival for men*, exploring sensuality, spirituality, and community.

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 Preview:
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.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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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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February/March News

Happy Year of the Rooster, Dance Fans!

Two Videos:

First off, FINALLY managed to finish the trailer of Shapeshifters, three months after its theatrical release. Work and kids. Here it is:

https://davidbloom.info/projects/shapeshifters

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:

https://davidbloom.info/2017/01/lecture-at-idocde-2016-in-vienna

Enjoy!

Upcoming Events:

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!

March:

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.

The days may be dark, but please always remember that we were made for these times.
With lots of love,
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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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.

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February-March News

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.

tontraeger

Photo by Sven Hagolani

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 lefrociate@gmail.com
Full workshop description HERE, FB event HERE.

And – MARCH SCREENINGS:

Sonata

Sonata

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!

xxx,
db

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November/December News

Sonata

Photo by René de Sans

Several weeks ago, SONATA, the second part of the Sex & Space Trilogy, premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival and was generally well received. Except perhaps by those who were expecting an exact remake of part one. But then again, i have not garnered a reputation by doing the expected! Ha!

See a little safe-for-work trailer here.

Meanwhile, no rest for the weary as we’ve already started shooting the THIRD part of the trilogy. This is by far the weirdest, most artsy/conceptual part, as after two “porn” films with “dancers”, it will be a non-explicit “dance” film with “porn performers” – whatever all those terms mean. I used the Porn Film Festival’s allure to shoot two scenes with in-town celebrities Gala Vanting and Jiz Lee. Note me looking extremely star-struck while taking a picture with Jiz. Gala is no less of a star, but we’ve hung out at festivals and such, so i was much more relaxed, whereas Jiz is a bit of an idol. But we both got through the shoot, and i’m looking forward to shooting the remaining scenes and hopefully releasing the final film next year.

Gala & me                  Jiz & me
Next up on the SONATA train is the PornyDays Festival in Zurich, where it will be screened on Saturday, November 28, at 11pm, as part of the LATE NIGHT LOVE short film program. See the complete program here.
Also as part of PornyDays, i will be giving the short version of the Sex & Space workshop, on dance, desire, and performing the erotic body at Tanzhaus Zürich, on Sunday, November 29, 2pm to 5pm. Register at johanna.grunenfelder@hotmail.com.

MORE WORKSHOPS:

December 5-6: Sex & Space in Leipzig, 11am to 6pm both days. For more information and to register, email davideckelmann@googlemail.com.

And December 28-30, 3pm to 6pm all three days: Das Fest Der Liebe: Desire as a Tool for Performance, at Marameo Berlin. I love bringing my work to really different contexts, and this is one of them! Email post@marameo.de to register and for more details.

 
Public Service Announcement: My email has occasionally been blocking legitimate messages recently, so if You feel i’ve owed You a response for some time, You may want to try sending your email from or to another address, or try contacting me via Facebook. On that note, i’ve been in touch with everyone who contributed to our SONATA crowdfunding campaign, and your perks have either already gone out or, in the case of the DVDs, will go out next week. If You’re still waiting to hear from me, please get in touch… Thanks!