a long-term collaboration with Marina Tenório

Performed at Tanznacht Berlin, Uferstudios, December 2008 and at artillerie, October 2009

“An Object of Study”, is an ongoing collaborative project with the dancer and choreographer Marina Tenório. It deals with improvisation through a methodical exploration of the body’s possibilities. The starting point was research done in the context of Body-Mind-Centering, dealing with movement qualities activated by different organs, liquids and glands.

Using this material led to a study of the parameters of improvisation in general, compiling a catalogue of tools by isolating simple parameters such as speed, levels in the space, amplitude of the movement as relating to the center of the body and more complex ones dealing with the relationship of the two performers to the space and to each other.

This research is an attempt at eluding the performer’s habitual movement patterns, and being able to make conscious and unconscious choices about actions/reactions.

Marina & I originally met during our time studying at HZT Berlin’s M.A. Choreography program and have been meeting regularly over the years to incorporate our individual work into our common process in an unusually long-term collaboration.


Marina Tenorio
David Bloom