Head of Programme for BA
BA (Hons) Theatre - Dartington College of Arts
David has worked with the European Council running workshops
with young men as a means to prevent violence in everyday
life. David has worked as a performer, designer, deviser,
director for Clanjamfrie, Collectif Organum, Theatre of Public
Works, was a founding member of Pants Performance Association,
and for the past 17 years has been collaborating with Jules Dorey
Devising for Performance, Artist as Witness, Autobiography,
Political Performance, Cultural Politics, Cultural Memory,
Theatre Production, Theatre in the Community, Contemporary Arts
Practice and Theory.
In an attempt to answer 'How can you bear testimony to an
event you did not witness?', David developed the Level 2
module Artist as Witness to evoke a pedagogic model of how
to liberate the creativity of student participants within a
non-fixed, fluid, ruptured landscape. The project sat
alongside, and was interconnected with David’s postgraduate work
into memory, place and performance.
This project aimed to engage students in a 3
year performance research programme examining the effect of the
Shoah as an epistemic breach in the ‘story’ of culture.
Specific emphasis was placed on representation, creativity,
composition, performance, documentation and collaboration.
In each year of the project, David took a
group of Level 2 students to Poland for a 5 day study visit.
The group spent an 8 hour day at Auschwitz and Birkenau, in
addition to a walking tour of Kazimerz, the site of the Jewish
community pre Hitlerzeit and the Kantor Museum.
On their return to York, the students spend a
14 week semester working to reflect on the cultural, political and
aesthetic repercussions of the events, and then create a
performance which reflects the times we live in.