“Quadruped” is the name I give to a contemplative movement practice that re-investigates our floor-level, four-footed origins to build integrative strength and improve our fundamental coordination.
David Marchant is Professor of the Practice, on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis since 1994, specializing in contemporary dance and somatic practices. David teaches courses in dance technique, composition, improvisation, Introduction to Somatic Practices and the Alexander Technique.
Professor Marchant is the coordinator of the University College Somatic Studies Certificate Program at Washington University, offering students a curriculum in integrative movement practices, complimented by theoretical knowledge from a wide variety of fields investigating the art, spirit, and science of human movement.
Mr. Marchant is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers ( AmSAT). He maintains a professional private teaching practice, instructing individuals in the methods of F.M. Alexander for re-pattering of fundamental movement coordination.
David is interested in dance as therapy, and has published research on the use of contact improvisation as a therapeutic intervention for Parkinson disease.
David was a company member with the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre from 1989 to 1991. David was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship in choreography from 1991 to 1993, while earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa.
He is Co-Artistic Director of ZoMotion Arts with his wife, Holly Seitz Marchant, performing site-specific installations in natural environments, including tree-climbing as dance art form. In addition to his work as a choreographic artist, David is a recognized professional improvisational composer and performer, including contact improvisation, and has performed with notable artists such as Kirstie Simson, Andrew Harwood and Chris Aiken.