Research Projects

David is developing a dance/movement coordination training method called “Quadruped,” which applies principles of the Alexander Technique and Dart Procedures to refine coordination, strength, flexibility, and balance. This approach is also being explored as a somatic practice, suitable for all people, for a variety of contructive, educational or therapeutic applications.

Additionally, Mr. Marchant investigates the application of Contact Improvisation as a therapeutic intervention for persons with Parkinson's Disease. The results of a pilot study were published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2010. Read abstract /  Read full article

David also studies the relationship of visual and kinesthetic perception to the aesthetics of human motion, and performance skill of dancing. 

And, for the past 5 years, David, along with collaborataors John Toenjes and Ben Smith at the University of Illinois, is presently investigating computer mediated dance/music composition. We are not only interested in the ways in which computers offer new tools to make art work, but also as potential physical educational and therapeutic tools that develop movement skill and kinesthetic awareness through dynamic audio feedback. 

August 25, 2016

Dancing with Disease: A Dancer's Reflections on Moving with People with Parkinson's and Memory Loss

Frontiers in Neurology, August 25, 2016

An opinion article I was invited to contribute to the Fontiers in Neurology research topic forum on "Sound, Music and Movement in Parkinson Disease." I share experiences of dancing with elders living with degenerative disease, and suggestions to researchers for further investigation from the experiential point of view. You can read the full article here.

July 11, 2016

Spontaneous Choreography Workshop 2016

Utah Repertory Dance Theatre

In summer '16 I was on faculty along with Danielle Agami of Ate9 Dance Company, for Repertory Dance Theatre Summer Intensive.