David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, father, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. Also a long-time student and practitioner of conscious sexuality, his teachers have included Midori, Felix Ruckert, Osada Steve, Joseph Kramer, and Barbara Carellas. His dance film trilogy Sex & Space premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival between 2013 and 2016 and was screened internationally. David was a 2012 danceWEB scholar and has taught at HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Body IQ Festival in Berlin, the Rietveld Academie for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.
Men*, especially cis-gendered ones, take up a lot of space and hold a lot of power over others in this world. But does “power over” always equal “empowerment”, and is it possible to be an ally to those less privileged from a place of personal groundedness and responsibility rather than apology? Can listening and receiving be sources of strength for men* as well? This workshop proposes that the way men* relate to each other has a strong effect on the way they relate to others, and that somatic work has an important role to play in offering a safer space to explore tenderness, sensuality, and mutual support between men*, regardless of their gender or orientation. By men*, we refer to anyone who identifies as a man or who moves along the spectrum of masculinity, e.g. cis-, trans*- and inter*men and non-binary persons. We consider the terms man*, male* and masculine* to be a matter of self-definition, and welcome anyone to this workshop who resonate with these identities.
What does it mean to do something with our bodies together? And how can community not undermine the individual’s desires, but empower them, and vice versa? Borrowing from somatic work, clubbing, magickal group processes, and everyday life, we will reflect (in movement) on the question whether “dancing around” can actually affect societal change, or whether that’s something we just tell ourselves to justify all our navel-gazing Berlin bullshit.