16.00 - 18.00
Decide Bend - spine dynamics
The choice point. The probability field. The liminal space. The transitional. The space between places.
The Side-bend, or Osculation, is a term given to a weight distribution phenomenon that efficiently distributes our masses while keeping our joint surfaces in a moderate range. This set of fluctuating relationships creates potential in a moving body that helps navigate transitions to the ground, through space, or into the air. This workshop will explore decision making, the side-bend, and the interstitial moments and compensatory undulations in-between.
11.45 - 13.45
The subcutaneous fascia is a continuous sheet of connective tissue directly under the skin. What about the supercutaneous fascia? What about the Super|Cute|aneous FasciaNistas?!
How does superman's spandex change his movement possibilities? Why do hippie dancers wear flowy clothes? How do we dance differently in a big open field or a crowded dark club? And how do we decide whether or not to wear socks?! In this exploratory workshop we will ask how the connective networks outside of our skin change our movement choices and possibilities. Taking exploration of fascia as our starting point, we will dive into the costume box and expand into the environment to explore how the qualities of what surrounds us changes us physically, psychologically, and creatively. The class will combine solo work, partner work, and group work in a playful research laboratory.
Daniel holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Davis. His creative practice is driven by awe and wonder for humanity and curiosity and respect for the more-than-human world. His work prioritizes content over genre, weaving dance, text, video, music, and new media. He considers all work to be site and context-specific and is interested in mobilizing audience agency through interaction and unconventional use of space.
Daniel’s interest in the human experience has recently brought him to work with the real stories of under-represented peoples, offering up their unique experiences as a site for connection. He has worked as a Core Collaborator for EchoTheaterSuitcase project, directing original site-specific interactive installations created in collaboration between military veterans and non-veterans. He’s also assisted The Artistic Ensemble of San Quentin Prison in the creation of original movement based performance work. His most recent community collaboration is with Yante – a community-engaged dance organization based between Vienna and Palestine that offers programs in the schools, refugee camps, and villages surrounding Ramallah.
Daniel’s performance work has been presented at the Imagining Bodies Symposium (Estonia), Performática (Mexico), Dancing in Place (Malaysia), New Movement Collaborative (Boston), and the San Francisco International Arts Festival, The Cowell Theater, SoWat Now, Looking Left Festival, and Santa Cruz Fringe Festival in California, and at the SEEDS Festival at Earthdance (MA).
He has taught internationally in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, and throughout North America. He has offered courses in Contact Improvisation, Composition, Acrobatic Stilts, and Dance History. Whatever the subject the intention is to offer tools to encourage range, choice, and curiosity.