Workshop with DANIEL BEAR DAVIS
March 16 & 17, 6:00 - 9:00PM
March 18, 3:00-6:00pm
$135 regular, $108 pre-registered before MAR 1st *Extended*
W&M Physical Theatre, Centre for Movement Arts - Bay #9 4005 9 Street SE.
This workshop is about inter-connection and conductivity both within the structures of the body and through space in group interaction. How does communication and information move through form, time, and space?
The physical inquiry of the workshop will centre on an exploration of fascia.
Fascia is the three dimensional web of connective tissue that runs continuously from a thick layer just under your skin into the mysterious depths of your body. Fascia weaves a network of interwoven membrane around every muscle, organ, bone and cell.
Accessing this incredibly intelligent system in our dance opens a world of specificity, subtlety, and increased kinetic potential. We will traverse the range, from witnessing and following the delicate unwinding of the tissues, to finding incredible support for dynamic flight, elastic buoyancy and the creation of countless hidden shelves.
We will further expand these concepts of connectivity and communication into group dynamics and composition through space. We will explore the interaction between the will of the individual and the intelligence of the collective in the creation of group composition. We will engage with spontaneously arising structures emerging from the collective mind and with finding space and individual freedom within the limitations of prescribed structures.
Within the body and within a group we are many individual pieces and we are a cohesive whole. A willingness towards inspired initiation and skillful response with awareness of one’s place within the larger context allows for the expression of rich and unexpected dancing.
Daniel has taught Contact Improvisation and Composition internationally since 2007 and has been teaching Axis Syllabus since 2013. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility. He is currently full time faculty in the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Daniel has performed in theaters, on submarines, desert rocks, construction scaffolding, and art galleries. He’s made pieces about dementia, war, heritage, identity. He cares about image, awe, and beauty. In creating a wide and rich acceptance of what it is to be human in a more-than-human world. He has been blessed with opportunities to perform with Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Scott Wells, Krista DeNio and many other inspiring body/minds.