May 20-June 21, David Marchant and ZoMotion was hosted by "The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu." This one-month fellowship provided us with housing, food and facilities to practice, lead workshops and give an audience-integrated performance experience. The facility is located walking distance to the Great Wall.
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. For over 20 years He has been a nationally and internationally recognized artist, teacher and speaker, creating and performing original dances, leading master classes and giving talks in the United States, UK, France, Sweden, Japan and China.
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.
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.
David is interested in dance as therapy, and has published research on the use of contact improvisation as a therapeutic intervention for Parkinson disease. And he has collaborated with John Toenjes at the University of Illinois, creating and performing musical instruments played by dancing at national venues such as the Krannert Center, the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, and the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland.
David was a company member with the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre from 1989 to 1991. He 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.