DESIRE – on Intimacy in Process and Performance
Sexuality and desire are omnipresent in advertising, entertainment, and corporate capitalism in general, but the image presented of what is desired and desirable is often fairly far removed from most people’s authentic interests.
This workshop is an attempt to bring into focus the gap between how we perform our sexual being in the digital age, and our actual connections to those around us.
Drawing on my experience from years of studying and facilitating Conscious Sexuality practices such as Tantra & BDSM, as well as performance and choreography, we will be breathing, working somatically, and diving into improvisational scores based on desire as well as our projections. We will also have discussions on how presentation, identity, desire, intersubjectivity, and erotic energy all intersect and inform each other, as well as how we can use authentic uncensored desire (and not just the erotic kind) as a tool to create artistic work.
It is also a research into transparency around relationships of power, gender, desire, attraction, and repulsion within the structure of artistic projects. It questions the myth of the “project” as a parallel universe in which nothing that happens has any real-world consequences—and hence, the boundaries of those involved are different from those in “real life”. It proposes a holistic approach to making art that both draws from and affects our personal, social, and political realities.
was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a family from New York, NY. He has been playing the piano professionally since he was 16 years old, including a brief stint at the bar Marie’s Crisis in New York. He received his dance training mainly at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany and also studied with William Forsythe, Kirstie Simson and Benoît Lachambre. He was a member of the dance ensemble at Staatstheater Darmstadt, and has collaborated on projects by Marco Santi, Michaël d’Auzon, Nir de Volff/Total Brutal, Micha Purucker, Ingo Reulecke, Canan Erek, Friederike Plafki, Felix Ruckert & Tino Sehgal. He has taught contemporary dance in a variety of contexts, and is also a graduate of Barbara Carellas’ Urban Tantra Professional Training Program. He has also studied BDSM and Tantra with teachers such as Joseph Kramer, Felix Ruckert, Osada Steve & Midori.
Since graduating from the M.A. Choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin—where he has also been teaching since 2017—he has been focusing mainly on his own choreographic work, including Die Heilige und die Hure, a solo for Felix Ruckert, and enemy, an interactive sauna dance piece. He also regularly curated the Berlin play party/choreographic installation Friends & Lovers, which inspired a trilogy of short films, that each premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival since October 2013. David is a recipient of a 2012 danceWEB Scholarship, and returned to the ImPulsTanz Festival to teach in 2015 and 2016.