I love stories and I love being transported to magical parallel universes. How relevant are narrative and transcendence in a post-modern performance world?

In Salvation, I was curious to question my aesthetic, which has for the past few years, been quite deconstructed, composed, carefully selected, attempting to avoid excess: “too much” beauty, “too much” drama, “too much” representation. I feel that this avoidance was partly based on pressures I felt from what I perceive as contemporary dance discourse, and I was never very good at it. Criticism of my work has often involved pointing out the “too much” problem. “Too” obvious. In this solo, I’m trying to play with letting it all hang out. Bringing myself into somewhat extreme states, screaming, bleeding, performing. I am exploring the possibility of working intelligently and authentically with beauty, emotions, representation, and art as a space for transformation.

I am also playing with the image I perceive others as having of me. My long hair, beard and semitic features seem to be enough to make many people associate me with Jesus Christ (as the girl in the strip club I once visited said when i walked through the door: “Oh my God, it’s Jesus Christ!”). That, plus a certain artist’s dose of narcissism and I admit, a bit of a messiah complex, makes me feel a certain connection to the historical/imagined/symbolic figure of Jesus and other messianic figures.

The Artist and the Messiah can…

…expand their audience’s consciousness

…serve people’s needs

…facilitate their “audience’s” process

…give up the possibility of having a normal life and experience “passion” in a way others are afraid of, in order to express/represent/provide an outlet for the hopes and fears of the people

…be a pop star.

Jesus of NazarethDavid Bloom
Born into Jewish familyBorn into Jewish family
Usually depicted with long hair and beardLong hair and beard
CharismaCharisma
Begins his ministry at age 30Turned 30 this year
Operates during a period of rapid social change and political upheavalOperates during a period of rapid social change and political upheaval
Resists temptationGives in to temptation
Predicted to come again at the end of our ageLiving in period some consider to be the end of our age (2012)
Threatening to those in powerThreatening to those in power
Washes his disciples’ feetFoot fetishist
Angry with money-lenders in the templeAngry about the relationship between art and money
Saves the world through sufferingsaves the world through pleasure

First shown at Uferstudios Berlin December 2011

David – Salvation

David – Salvation

Performed & Choreographed by
David Bloom

Press and Reviews

  1. Dr. Torsten Flüh's review (in German) on Night Out @Berlin Night Out @Berlin