Naming It

Duet with Renae Shadler

Naming It was a duet that fabulous Australian performer Renae Shadler and myself were developing for a time. It was initiated when Renae stood up in the middle of a Benoît Lachambre workshop we were both taking & started talking about how some people in the space had much better teeth than others & what that implied about their economic, social, & national backgrounds. I instantly asked Renae to work together.

Naming It is about the reciprocal relationship of Language to Reality. Naming things not only separates them from one another & gives them identity, but also can bring them into being. The limits of what can & can’t be named are also explored in the piece drawing on the artists’ somatic practice. In our research, Renae & I touch upon mantras, magick, the writings of philosopher Alva Noë, politics of transparency, & the Book of Genesis.

And they saw that it was good.

Trailer at Tanzforum Berlin here.





Renae Shadler


David Bloom


  • Fri 18 Nov, 2016 // 08:00 pm // Lake Studios // Berlin
  • Sat 11-Sun 12 Mar, 2017 // 08:30 pm // ada Studio // Berlin