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Premiere in Hamburg and MORE

SOILED by Michael Turinsky, photo by Loizenbauer

Sending kisses from HAMBURG, You lovely edible people, where we premiere TONIGHT with SOILED, by choreographer, and soccer team Austria Wien’s number one fan, Michael Turinsky. It’s been a truly heart-opening process, and i’m joined onstage tonight by ace performers Sophia Neises and Liv Schellander, as well as by the smoothest of sound artists, Tian Rotteveel, with live audio description by Monique Smith-McDowell. Come! It’s worth it. Performances at Kampnagel run from tonight through Saturday October 29.

More! Shows! November 10 & 11 as part of Tanzfestival Rhein-Main at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, and November 14 & 15 as part of the No Limits” Festival at HAU in Berlin.
(Even more shows coming next year in March in Vienna, and in June in Essen)

After that, it’s off to teach at my favorite Inter-University Center for Dance, HZT in Berlin, where i will be giving a seminar in the B.A. program, on choreography as an active and receptive process, titled “But I Could Never Do THAT In A Piece!”, November 22-December 9.

In between, i will be briefly stopping by the P*rnyDays Film Festival in Zurich, where i will be participating in a panel discussion on Sunday, November 27, reflecting on the aesthetics, philosophical implications and cultural impact of the p*rn film festival, organized by the wonderful folx at luhmendarc.

December 12-16, i will be working with students from the B.A. program in contemporary and classical dance at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, teaching them an excerpt from my solo Alles Vergängliche that was shown in Berlin earlier this year and last. Incidentally, i did my own undergraduate dance education in Frankfurt 20 years (!) ago, and the excerpt will be shown next year in February at an event choreographed by alumni of the program, to mark the retirement and celebrate the epic work of Dieter Heitkamp, who has directed the program since 2001.

Sneak Preview! At the beginning of January, i’ll be co-teaching a workshop for the first time that i’m super excited about, with my friend and teacher and collaborator Nicole Berndt-Caccivio. When we first met, in a teacher-student setting, i was about 20 years old, and Nicole was 40. Now i am 40 and she’s nearly 60, and we’ve been in dialogue about dance, teaching, and life on and off throughout the whole time. In this workshop, we look at the process of teaching itself, and what it means to be PRESENT together in the studio. Nicole is an amazing intergenerational facilitator and cranio-sacral bodyworker and will bring all those skills to the space. It’s part of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Wintertanz workshop series, and registration is already open, so book your place now! (early bird price until Dec 12) :)

Sneak preview even further into the future! Stay tuned for the new solo, Nigunim, which will be happening the last weekend of March 2023 at Tanzfabrik (Uferstudios) Berlin. I’m very happy to report the research for this new work is being generously supported by a research grant from Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.

What else? I hope You are all healthy and happy, or finding the hidden moments of pleasure and presence in sickness and sadness; making and nurturing kin, fermenting, celebrating, dancing in your own way. To those i still owe emails to: it may be late, but it’s always coming!

Hope to see You on the dancefloor! ✨
xxx,
David B.

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HOT HOT Summer News

Photo by Akemi Nagao (from a rehearsal for her piece JUICY METAMORPHOSIS)

Greetings from hot sexy summery Vienna, Dance Fans, where i’ve been lucky enough to be rehearsing with the most excellent philosopher king and choreographer Michael Turinsky and an amazing group of collaborators. Stay tuned for shows in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Vienna, starting in the fall…

Before i left for Vienna, i spent four weeks teaching a seminar on Desire of the Space Between in the “Dance, Context, Choreography” B.A. program at the Inter-University Center of Dance (HZT) Berlin, and am very grateful for the generosity and vulnerability that the students brought to the work. In a world oftentimes leaning towards the apocalyptic, it was inspiring to be in touch with the next generation of makers, and sense possible futures of community and care.

And now, the more immediate future:

June 8 to July 13, every Monday & Wednesday evening at 20:00, i will be teaching a performance project at Tanzfabrik Berlin, on My Lovers, Human and Beyond, with an informal showing on the last evening. There are still places available for this nice regular format, so come and join us! I was told i need to advertise more, which is a bit of a challenge with my social media boycott, so if You know anyone who would benefit from what i think are going to be exciting and generative sessions, feel free to forward this information and spread it around!
The sessions will always be preceded by Pleasure – a contemporary technique class – at 18:10, which can also be joined separately (and, as opposed to the performance project, for individual classes). More info and registration here.

The weekend of June 11 & 12, i will be teaching a workshop on the Choreography of Desire – exploring the space between – for the lovely folks at luhmen d’arc in Zurich, with an optional playspace on the Saturday evening. More info here. If You’re in Zurich, or have always wanted to visit, join us!

In the afternoon of Thursday, June 23, i will be teaching a one-day workshop in Berlin on Embodied Fermentation as part of Floating University’s event (Re-)Gaining Ecological Futures. More info here, and You can register by writing to me directly here.

The weekend of June 25 & 26, i will be teaching a workshop on The Desire of the Space Between at motionlab in Cologne. More info and registration here.

Finally, the weekend of July 1-3, i’m very happy to be returning to the heart-opening STRETCH Festival (for GBTQ men* & those who identify somewhere on a genderfluid male-to-nonbinary spectrum), for a very short 90-minute version of My Lovers, Human & Beyond.

Looking forward to seeing You at any and all of these. And stay hydrated!
Lots of Love,
xxx,
David B.

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Alles Vergängliche at Dock11 and more!

Alles Vergängliche photo by Claude Hofer

Happy Year of the Tiger, Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You resilient! 🐯

If You are in Berlin, i would like to invite You very warmly indeed to the second round of live performances of my solo Alles Vergängliche, in dialogue with Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony and the day’s news headlines. If You missed the live premiere back in November, here’s your chance. If You only saw it online last year at Tanzfabrik’s Open Spaces, come see it live, it’s gotten much better! (not to mention with updated news, of course). If You saw it already, recommend it to all your friends! Shows are next week Thursday Feb 10 to Sunday Feb 13, 7pm at Dock11 Berlin!

Tickets here
Trailer from last year at Tanzforum here
Interview about making at the piece last year, here

Hope to catch You there!

On the weekend of April 8-10, i am very excited to be co-facilitating a lab in Bavaria with medical doctor and brilliant Body-Mind-Centering facilitator Dr. Christian Meier, on Embodiment & Desire, at the Tanzzentrale der Region Nürnberg. We will be looking at the embryology of the reproductive organs and explore what emerges when we work somatically with that system. More information on my page, on Christian’s page, or on the Tanzzentrale page.
Register here.

In March/April, i will be performing in handsome Martin Nachbar’s duet for young audiences (ages 8 and up), Männer Tanzen, mostly in schools, but on April 30, there will be a public show at the FELD Theater at 4pm. I am performing together with the fabulous Kaveh Ghaemi, so come watch us lift each other to the Star Wars Theme, among other highlights!

And for those of You who like (dancing) ballet, i will be putting on my pianist hat and accompanying classes taught by the divine Kevin Quinaou at Marameo Berlin the weeks of March 7-13, March 28 to April 3, and May 2-8. Everything is beautiful at the ballet! I’m also playing for the contact improv jam (also at Marameo) the evening of Thursday March 17 (where everything is equally beautiful).

In May, i’ll be off to Vienna to collaborate on a new project by the amazing and charming Michael Turinsky (opening in Hamburg in October), and then in June/July, giving workshops in Zurich, Cologne, and a performance project for Tanzfabrik in Berlin, but i’ll tell You about those next time, so as not to get ahead of myself!
(but the impatient/curious can click on the links…)

Hope to see You here, there, and everywhere!
xxxxx,
David B.

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Alles Vergängliche at Dock11, Body IQ Festival, and more!

Dear Dance Fans,

I hope this finds You thriving! In these uncertain times, all the following information is בעזרת Corona, as we say, or subject to the whims of the universe.

First off, this coming weekend, November 19-21, is the glorious Body IQ Festival at Somatische Akademie Berlin and environs. There are still tickets available to the whole festival, and the program looks amazing. The festival is attempting to tackle ambitious questions about the complex role of somatics and body-based practices in social, political, and ecological transformation.
I will be presenting the workshop Embodied Fermentation/Microbial Somatics on the Friday at 14:30. We will be exploring the digestive system somatically, discussing the history, politics, and philosophy of fermenting foods, and also exchanging some recipes! As chef David Zilber says, “‘Culture’ and ‘culture’ mean two different things to a biologist and an anthropologist, but in fermentation, they overlap completely.”

Then, a mere WEEK LATER (how does he do it?), i am thrilled to be presenting the LIVE Premiere of the solo Alles Vergängliche at Dock11 Berlin, made (and shown online at Tanzfabrik’s Open Spaces) earlier in the year. Join me November 25-28 at 19:00 as i attempt to dance the uncertainty of the times to Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony, and play with the news of the day (each show will be different). I am very excited indeed, as this is probably my first presentation of live stage choreography in Berlin in about 10 years (!).
Tickets here.
Trailer on Tanzforum Berlin here.
Video interview (in english) about making the piece (from February) here.
Article on tanznetz.de (in German) by Hanna Solms about the piece (and other things) here.

Please note, both events are 2G (recovered or fully vaxxed).

So, listen, in December, barring Zombie Aplocalypse and/or Pandemic Pandemonium, the plan is currently to teach a weekend workshop on The Desire of the Space Between at motionlab cologne, December 10-12. Check out the motionlab website or contact them closer to the date to get the newest latest on those plans!

Finally, very happy to report that i was recently awarded a four-month research grant (Initial-Stipendium) from the Akademie der Künste to start work on the NEW solo, which will most likely celebrate its premiere in the fall next year, and will definitely be by far the most JEWISH piece to date! Stay tuned.

Sending love, stay healthy, and stay in touch!
xxx,
David B.

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HOT HOT Summer News

Screenshot from Alles Vergängliche

Dear Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You joyful. Here in Berlin, we have now become one big sidewalk restaurant. It’s nice to see everyone out and about (and showing off, as it is Berlin), and also very surreal. And all of a sudden, THINGS! Are HAPPENING! In my favorite parallel universe, the Contemporary Dance World.
I will try to keep it as short as possible, but may fail.

First off, Throwback Thursday: Late mazel tov and shoutout to the se+iest performance duo since Marina & Ulay, Lucy Wilke & Paweł Dudus, on the success of their production Scores That Shaped Our Friendship, which was invited to the Deutsches Theatertreffen last month, which means they are now officially one of the 10 BEST PERFORMANCES of the past year. And before You say, David, since when do You consider institutional acclaim to be the indicator of artistic quality?, i say to You: WHENEVER IT COINCIDES WITH MY OWN OPINION! Full disclosure: i worked on this piece as an outside eye with Paweł and Lucy in Munich last year, but only for a few days. I will take credit for having introduced them to each other, though ;)
Just saw that the piece is actually still available online, but only until tomorrow (June 11), so check it out!

From TODAY, June 10 until June 23, my solo performance Alles Vergängliche, to Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony and the daily news, will be streaming again online as part of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Open Spaces series. Since the performance was from February, not all the daily news is completely current anymore, but if You missed it, just watch it now as a period piece!

Next week and the week after, Tuesday to Thursday, June 15-17 and 22-24, 10:30-12:00 (Vienna time) all days, i will be giving the online morning classes at Tanzquartier Vienna, Finding the Most Open Question. Join me quickly before online classes go completely out of fashion!

July 20 & 21, at LAKE Studios Berlin’s SUBMERGE Festival, i am super excited be offering the workshop “But I could never do THAT in a Piece!” – Choreography as an Active & Receptive Practice from 10:00-16:00 both days. Based on the process leading to the solo Alles Vergängliche, we will consider the Desires that arise while making work. Where do they come from? What do we do with them? Are they friends? Allies? Enemies? Lovers?
The workshop is aimed at anyone who has ever had doubts about their choices while making work, and is DONATION-BASED (Thank You, Marcela, LAKE Studios, and the city of Berlin!). Apply by filling out the registration form here, and sending your CV to submergefestival@gmail.com

Also at SUBMERGE: After the workshop, i will be showing the piece, Alles Vergängliche, LIVE, and updated with the current daily news, on July 24, at 20:00, sharing a performance evening with Saida Makhmudzade.

The day after the performance, i jump on the S-Bahn and head on over to IKSK Berlin (Institut für Körperforschung und Se+uelle Kultur – Institute for Body Politics and Se+ual Culture), where i am very happy to be facilitating a little workshop on Sensual Somatics as part of their Summer Festival Program on Sunday, July 25, at 13:30. (the festival runs Friday-Sunday, July 23-25)

From July 28-August 1 at the Kulturforum in Fürth, choreographer Barbara Bess is organizing Inner Landscapes – a Somatic Performance Lab. Barbara has been doing important artistic work in that region since we graduated from the M.A. Choreography course here in Berlin together, over 10 years ago (!), and i’m very happy to be joining her and the excellent Body-Mind-Centering teacher (who is also a doctor, and all-around lovely person) Christian Meier, for 5 days of exploration, fermentation, and fun times in the Kulturforum, a former slaughterhouse and now cultural center. The lab is actually FOR FREE thanks to Barbara’s efforts and Bavarian funding structures, and is addressed to artists across all disciplines. Application with CV and motivation letter to landscapes@evaeuwe.com Deadline for applications: June 30
Barbara’s website here
FB event here
It’s also a very beautiful part of Germany and i can highly recommend coming down and checking it out!

Congratulations on making it this far down, and really hope You can make it to any or all of the above. And if not, feel free to drop me a line anyway, so i know You’re still out there!

Sending love from Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg,
xxx,
David B.

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Spring News and some Online Classes

Image of the artist by Lúthien Tinúviel Bloom

Dear Friends,

Apologies for spamming You just a month after my last email – trying to keep these to quarterly announcements – but spontaneous times call for spontaneous measures. Nobody seems to be planning anything more than a few weeks in advance at the moment.

A few short items:

Next week, i will be teaching the morning classes for professionals (although i personally wish to invite a broad definition of that term) at Tanzquartier Vienna. I am really excited about returning to this fine institution, and the only thing that would excite me more is if i were physically IN THE SPACE. The good news is, Tanzquartier has currently decided to offer their online morning classes FOR FREE (€€€! $$$! ¥¥¥!) to the dance community in Vienna and elsewhere. So the other good news is that You can join wherever You are. Tuesday April 6 through Friday April 9, 10am to 11:30am daily (Vienna time!). See You there!

This coming Sunday, April 4, at 1pm Berlin time, i will be teaching at my favorite STRETCH Festival (April 1-5 altogether), always a heartwarming experience (online, of course). This time, i will be sharing a workshop on Embodied Fermentation/MicroSomatics, in which we will somatically explore the digestive system in movement, as well as discuss some practical methods for fermenting foods! Delicious AND nutritious. There are still places available, so please support the beautiful STRETCH community (and yourself) by signing up for the festival here. Video of me working some sourdough here. (STRETCH is a festival for gay, bi, trans, and queer men* and people who identify somewhere on a gender-fluid male-to-non-binary spectrum). Good gut health so essential for everything, including your immune system!

In May and June, the plan is currently (pending lack of global apocalypse) to work as artistic collaborator/assistant to director/choreographer Christopher Roman at Neuköllner Oper’s world premiere of contemporary composer Diana Sysre’s opera Mexico Aura, with performances at Humboldt Forum Berlin June 25-27 and July 1-4. I’m especially excited to be collaborating with Christopher, as i used to admire him (and the other Forsythe dancers) on stage, as a little dance student back in Frankfurt, ahem, about 20 years ago.

End of February, i showed my new solo Alles Vergängliche at Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Open Spaces series. To those of You who caught it online, congratulations! To anyone who missed it but really wishes they hadn’t, drop me a line and i’ll be happy to share the secret vimeo link. Trailer at Tanzforum Berlin here. Interview by Tanzfabrik during the rehearsal process here.

Sending love and peace around the web,
xxx,
David B.

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Winter Premiere and Hello

Dear Dance Lovers, Love Dancers, etc. etc.,

I hope this finds You fabulous. Or coping. It’s been a slightly, let’s say, unusual year for many of us, and one of the unusual things that happened for me personally was that i made a solo. It’s my first real “choreography” in about 5 years, my first piece for “the stage” in far longer than that, and my first solo… pretty much ever. I’ve been so interested in relationships, desire, boundaries between people for so long that i never understood how to possibly start a solo piece, but in the last two years, several things shifted around that and i actually found (most of) my time alone in the studio incredibly rich, in dialogue with my own history and present as a dancer and as a musician. The solo wrestles with Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony and the daily newsfeed, as two attempts to put the whole world into a limited timeframe. It will be one dancer’s attempt to process everything going on and hopefully also a celebration of the day, a performance for these times. Because the text of the day’s news is always incorporated, each performance will be different.

Alles Vergängliche streams as part of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Open Spaces: Making It Happen on Saturday, February 27, at 18:00 Berlin time (9:00am in Oakland, 2:00am the next day in Tokyo), and on Sunday February 28, 19:00 Berlin time (12 noon in New York, 20:00 in Johannesburg). The link will be here and the videos will be public for 48 hours after the dates. Hope to “see” You “there”!

Lots of love and major respect to everyone at Tanzfabrik Berlin for supporting this project and being a pure delight to work with, as well as everyone who offered tech support, childcare support, conceptual and emotional support. You know who You are!

Sending a hug through the web, dance together soon?

xxx,
David B.

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Classes Online Again!

Hey Dancers! Sorry for the extemporaneous email – i like to keep these to 4 a year, to avoid getting on your shit list. Just wanted to let You know that my weekly Tuesday evening class, Finding the Most Open Question at Tanzfabrik Berlin will be going back ONLINE again, as of tomorrow, November 3, due to the new regulations starting this week. Say whatever You want, i’ll miss being in the studio, but i’ll take it for living in a country right now with a femme scientist as head of state. Time will still be 8:15pm in Berlin (although the online version is only 60 minutes), and signup is through the website fitogram.
The bad news is, we’re back in the middle of a global pandemic, the good news is, You can now join my class again from Vienna, Portland, and Johannesburg! So things balance each other out.
Let me know if You have any questions!
Stay healthy, stay grounded, check out my sourdough dance video if You haven’t yet, i love You all.
See You soon!
xxx,
David B.

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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