Daniel Bear Davis

Daniel Bear Davis (MFA) is an interdisciplinary performance maker and movement educator. He has been teaching and dancing Contact Improvisation, Axis Syllabus, and improvisational composition for over half his life. He has taught in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and throughout North America. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility. He has been blessed with opportunities to perform with Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, The Body Cartography Project, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Scott Wells, and many other inspiring body/minds.  Daniel’s recent performance work focuses on creating new communities through collaboration with marginalized populations engaging with personal story. His most recent group work explored intersections between the experiences of his students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the experiences of oppression expressed in interviews he conducted with Palestinians in the West Bank.  danielbeardavis.com

Games that we Play 

This movement workshop explores power, attachment, and human relation through improvised composition. We will explore our patterns and creative inclinations in a playground of interpersonal possibilities. We will borrow tools from Guillermo Gomez Peña and La Pocha Nostra’s radical pedagogy, sample structures sources from Felix Ruckert’s performance power play, steal and corrupt exercise from Viewpoints and Somatic Experiencing and more. Through simple improvisational scores the interpersonal chess game unfolds magnifying the space between as a playground of possibility. Explore the plays of power over, power under, power with, and power unknown.

Touch(ed by the) Art

This workshop explores a wide palette of touch textures in a context of listening. With the basic ingredients of tapping, sliding, compression, traction, and listening, we will compose complex touch compositions. With wide ranging possibilities of scale, tapping becomes percussion becomes tickling becomes flicking becomes spanking. Sliding becomes petting becomes soothing becomes dragging. Compression becomes holding becomes massaging becomes containment. With this widened field of permission, the dances unfold. The roles of the artist and the composition blend as the art changes the artist.