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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.

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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:

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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,
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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!

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Sonata at Berlin’s Porn Film Festival 2015

Just a quick message to happily report that SONATA is now CONFIRMED to have its world premiere at Berlin’s Porn Film Festival 2015, October 21-25 at the Moviemento Cinema.
Currently putting the finishing touches on post-production, and will be in touch with all supporters re:your crowdfunding perks in the coming few weeks.
Thanks for your patience, and your support of course! Much love to You all! xxx

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Sex and Space at ImPulsTanz August 10 to 14

Short version: Come and join me in a few short weeks at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival for the workshop Sex & Space – A Workshop on Dance, Desire, and Performing the Erotic Body. SOOOO stoked to be teaching at my favorite dance festival EVER!
http://www.impulstanz.com/en/workshops/2015/artist1437/
Long version: This festival is very, very special to me – i went there the first time many years ago for some beginners’ workshops when i was just starting to dance, and have been back several times since, most notably with my beloved danceWEBbers in 2012 – seriously, i don’t even know if i would still be dancing today if it weren’t for ImPulsTanz – it popped up more than once to pick me up and inspire me at the right time when i was about to give it all up…
When i started researching erotic energy in artistic processes, something that had often been very present for me in projects but rarely addressed, i felt that my work was becoming more popular in the “conscious sexuality” context than in the contemporary dance world (although there was some amazing support from there as well – and i’m extraordinarily grateful to all the erotic art, tantra, bdsm, queer, and/or sex-positive festivals that invited me). However, my interest has always been primarily choreographic – that is, not remaining in the internal personal process forever, but using that process creatively and playfully to expand our shared experience. So, i’d be lying if i said i didn’t feel a certain legitimation of the last three years’ work in being at ImPulsTanz this Summer – but most of all, i think it will be fun! See You there! xxx

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Sonata successfully funded!

We did it!!! Completely exhausted and looking forward to spending a little time offline… in the end, we had to pump some of our own funds into the campaign as well to make it work, but that doesn’t make us any less grateful to all of You who supported, financially, emotionally, spiritually – those who posted and shared the campaign around, and those who offered perks in exchange for supporting us.

A special shoutout goes to my bro and our campaign manager Zwoisy who went above and beyond in making this happening…

We’ll be in touch with each of You individually in the coming weeks to thank You again personally and of course, to arrange for perk fulfillment!

And keep an eye out for SONATA in the Fall!

Much love from SONATA central,

David & Crew

campaign fallout

Campaign Fallout

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Support us on startnext!!

Sonata Campaign

Our Campaign on startnext

After the success of the world’s first contemporary dance porn film, Quintet – a choreopornographic experiment – in the last two years, the time has come to make SONATA, the second part of what is shaping up to be a trilogy. We have an amazing cast lined up, and are to commence shooting next month! Now all we need to do is FUND it! We appreciate each and every bit of support that comes our way (no donation too low, seriously). Check out our campaign on startnext, and please spread the word via every channel, physical, digital, spiritual, available to You! Thank You so much!

Let’s put the FUN in funding!