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David Marchant

Professor of the practice, Dance Program, Performing Art Department in Arts & Sciences

Biography

On faculty since 1994, Marchant is professor of the practice in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences' Dance Program, where he teaches aesthetic theory, technique, composition and improvisation of contemporary dance. He also is coordinator of the Somatic Studies Certificate Program in WUSTL's University College. Marchant is certified in the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers. He is co-artistic director of ZO Motion Arts with Holly Seitz-Marchant, performing site-specific installations in natural settings, including tree-climbing as performance art. Collaborating with John Toenjes and Ben Smith from the University of Illinois, Marchant creates computer musical instruments played by dancing to make art, games, and educational/therapeutic tools that develop kinesthetic awareness through audio feedback. In collaboration with Gammon Earhart at WUSTL's School of Physical Therapy, he has conducted research and developed curriculum for using contact improvisation as a therapeutic intervention for Parkinson's disease. He was a company member with the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre from 1989 to 1991 and was an Iowa Arts Fellow from 1991 to 1993, while earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa. David is an active professional artist and teacher, performing and conducting master classes and residencies at universities throughout the United States and abroad.


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