For the past couple of years, i’ve been dealing intensely with somatic work, and this class is an attempt to bring together that self-exploratory and potentially healing process with the more external structure of a contemporary technique class. I believe it is possible to remain aware and embodied even while enacting set exercises and sequences, and that this combination can give the performer a wide variety of options.

I’m also very interested in the idea of “taking class” itself, what it means to do so and what intentions people bring to the space. We will use the energy of the group present on that particular day, at that particular time, to create a unique experience and a joyful practice. What you practice is always what you become good at, and if you practice enjoying dance, you will become better at it.

The class begins from sensing the body itself somatically, and then brings awareness to the spacetime we are moving through, using a combination of improvisation proposals and set movement sequences.

The class puts forward three ideas I consider to be vital to my work:

  1. Allowing whatever is in the space, physically, emotionally, spiritually, sexually, energetically, to be present and incorporated into the artistic process.
  2. Performance as a ritual that serves to anchor and concentrate the creative process that preceded it.
  3. Dance and choreography as not just processes of action, but equally of non-action: receiving, observing and listening. Expanding our consciousness of what it means to choreograph and/or dance. Creating a situation, then surrendering to it.
David Bloom

Photo by David Bergé