Daniel Bear Davis

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Movement Collage – Image Cascade

This class is an experiment in the use of provocative images to seed our dances with texture and content. We will use various approaches to weave between visual stimuli (photography and visual art), dancing, writing, and composing.

Evocative visual imagery is invited to populate our bodies with pronounced responses. Free writing practices, then, ask us to add personal relevance and investment to the images. These content-impregnated bodies engage solo and partnered dancing from a widened range of physical states. Finally, we will take our discoveries and creations into compositional score work and jamming.

Daniel has taught Contact Improvisation and Composition internationally since 2007 and has been teaching Axis Syllabus since 2013. He investigates CI as personal practice as well as in the creation of performance work. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility. Daniel has been blessed with opportunities to present improvisation-based performance work with Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Scott Wells, Rebecca Bryant, Kristen Greco, Miriam Wolodarski, and many other inspiring body/minds. He is currently full time faculty in the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


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