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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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Join us for EVOLOVE at Bechyne Monastery

This beautiful residency on Embodying Conscious Futures is happening in the Czech Republic next month! Czech it out! If You’re wondering how the work we do fits into the current political landscape (i do) and how art can actually affect societal change, i feel this one has a pretty interesting combination of questions raised:

https://evolove2017.wordpress.com/ for more info and to register.

Evolove

 

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Sonata screening at The Eye in Amsterdam this Saturday!

Dear AMSTERDAM! Just to let You know, a small excerpt from my film Sonata – Part Two of the Sex & Space Trilogy will be spontaneously shown this Saturday at EYE Filmmuseum, as part of a lecture on pornography and art by prime feminist porn filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell. I will sadly not be there, as back in Berlin! But please go and tell me about it!

https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/film/afgrunden-porn-art-0?program_id=11816116

Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/234047913759129/

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May-June News

Happy Spring, Dance Fans!

Hope this finds You fabulous! A few items for this year’s special edition of PRIMAVERA:

– This week, Thursday (May 25 at 8pm), for the first time ever, the three dance films that make up the Sex & Space Trilogy will be screened together in their entirety by Fecunda Lab at The Hole in Berlin.

– Next week, i will be in Amsterdam (unbelievably ALSO for the first time), teaching the workshop “The Conscious Tinder Experience”, on the performance of our sexual being in the digital age, and how it relates to authentic desire, whatever that may be. This is happening June 2 & 3 in the framework of the fabulous FLAM Festival. Email FLAM to register!

– The same weekend, June 2-4, Shapeshifters, part three of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screened at the PopPorn Festival 7 in São Paulo, Brazil!

– June 23/24, i will be heading down to Nuremberg to teach a workshop on Sex & Space to the students of the professional training program at Mind and Dance (the former Ballettförderzentrum).

– June 26-30, i will be giving the morning classes (not only) for professionals at Berlin’s classic Dock11 Studios, Monday-Friday at 10:00. Come and join me while we spiral, honor the memory of Trisha Brown, and try to help me find the at times elusive connection between pleasure, embodiment, and dance “technique”. Full class description here!

July Preview (catch the early sign-up):
In July, i am looking forward lots to be co-teaching at Evolove – an explorative residency on creating conscious futures through embodied practices and conceptual cross-pollination – in a former Franciscan monastery in the Czech Republic. The residency will happen July 8-16 and was initiated by visionary artists Moss Beynon Juckes & Javier Cura. It features a whole bunch of interesting teachers and looks at how community and also art, of all things, can support societal revolution. Really excited about this one! Check out the website for the full program here. And join us! :)

Much love and hope to see You soon at one of these or others!
xxx,
David B.

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The Sex & Space Trilogy at The Hole, Berlin, May 25

Next week @The Hole: For actually the FIRST TIME EVAH, the whole Sex & Space Trilogy is being screened in one place at the same time (that is, sequentially, of course), my artistic output of the past few years, mashing up choreography & pornography. QUINTET, SONATA, & SHAPESHIFTERS finally united on the big screen. If You’re in Berlin, come on over!
Facebook Event Link here!
Starring Jadzia Daxxx, Caritia, Jorgos Periklis, Liz Pierrot, Eva Marino, Jiz Lee, Jasko Fide, Bishop Black, KAy Garnellen, & Gala Vanting. Stunning camera work by Johan Planefeldt & Roberto Duarte. Everything else done by Keith Lim.

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Sonata at HPFF in Rome this week

FRIENDS! ROMANS! COUNTRYPEOPLE! The folks from the Hacker Porn Film Festival, happening tomorrow until Sunday, have put together a massive and beautiful program. I feel very lucky to have my film Sonata included, screening on Wednesday and Friday as part of the Short Session 1 program – check out their site for details. Would love to be there! Check it out and let me know how it went!
https://www.hackerpornfest.com/

Sonata Group

Sonata

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April News

Me with Chili

Chili and Myself

Happy April, Dance Fans!

I hope this finds You fabulous! Greetings from Nuremberg, where i just finished up a set of shows at Tafelhalle, performing (in a top hat and tails, oddly) for the Tanztheater-riffic Susanna Curtis, in her production Alice-ecilA (Trailer here).

Here’s what else is happening this month:

April 14-16: Teaching two workshops at the wonderful STRETCH Festival in Berlin: DILFs, Leather Daddies, & Tranpa – Queering Father*hood on the Saturday (see picture with Chili above), and The Choreography of a Play Party on the Sunday. I will also be part of what looks to be a really interesting panel on Community Building on the Saturday evening. This festival for men of all identities is currently sold out but there’s an option of getting on the waiting list.

Some screenings i won’t make it to personally, but friends who are in town, please go!

SONATA, Part Two of the Sex & Space Trilogy, will be screened during the first edition of Rome’s new Hacker Porn Film Festival, which looks like a great program overall. Big auguroni to Tigrotto, Nita, and the team for making it happen! SONATA will screen three times:
April 24 as part of the opening ritual at Alibi Club
April 26, 19:00 and April 28, 18:00 as part of the shorts program at Cineclub Il Kino
Romans, have a look!

SHAPESHIFTERS, Part Three of the Trilogy, will be screened at the Athens Video Dance Project on April 27 at 22:30 as part of their Exploring Otherness.II program. If You happen to be in town for Documenta, check it out!

April 29/30, i will be teaching a Sex & Space workshop on Dance, Desire, & Performing the Erotic Body at a beautiful location in County Cork, Ireland. I believe there are still some places available so contact Andre for details and to register! Facebook event page here.

Finally, as of this week, i will be starting a new piano job playing for ballet classes once a week at HZT Berlin – many of You probably know that i was a pianist long before i ever took a dance class, and i’m very happy to be returning to my roots. The HZT class is only for the university students, but i also play for Matthew Thomas’ Monday evening class at Tanzfabrik, and have been every week for the past 10 years (!). So if You ever feel like a little classical ballet to start your week, stop on by – i love seeing familiar faces!

Much love to You all and see You 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.