Since 1994 David McCormick has worked as a professional dancer with some of Europe’s leading dance companies including DV8 Physical Theatre and Richard Alston Dance Company. This work led him to begin an exploration of video as a creative tool for use in a range of performance, screen based, educational and broadcast situations. He currently lectures in Film and Choreography at The University Of Winchester.
Since 2001 he has been working on a wide variety of projects including live, recorded and event video commissions from the likes of Siemens, MTV, Flaunt TV and the BBC. These projects have resulted in screenings and performances in the UK and abroad, in November 2005 Cut Out and Keep was screened at Tate Modern and the I.C.A as part of the Playing In the Light Tour. He has conducted research projects for METAL Culture on collaborative approaches for artists and their art forms, and presented his findings and outcomes to the Arts Council England Annual Conference.
In 2007 he completed his appointment as Associate Artist at The Place Dance Theatre, this tenure began with a film project using dance and VJ-ing with Bloomberg Television employees, followed by a one year programme of research, video and performance projects.
David McCormick has recently directed a project to create a video based response to Punchdrunk’s Internationally acclaimed production of Faust in Wapping. The film involved a range of unique approaches to the challenges of capturing live theatrical performance on video, it was completed and put on sale in January 2008.
He also produced a video-review of the Pick Up The Pace boys dance project for Trinity Laban. With Benedict Johnson and Helen Linsell, David choreographed and directed a Dance For The Camera piece titled In My Space. He also produced an investigatory video-documentary into boys’ dance in the community – highlighting current and future practice in the field. The project ran over three years and was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The DVD was launched at the Knowledge East Creative Impacts Matrix Conference 2008.
Most recently David has worked With Rosemary Butcher, researching the relationship between dance on screen, in performance with the students from Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban. This work became part of a proposal for a project to tour in major galleries in the UK and Europe in 2009.
He is currently working with Professor Anna Craft and Dr Kerry Chappell as a member of Aspire. Together they have worked in a number of schools and colleges across the UK; researching studying and implementing ‘Deep Learning’ in secondary education. The research is focused on learning through creativity and is funded by Exeter University, the Open University and Creative Partnerships (ACE).
In 2008 David collaborated with Catherine Seago and Dancers on a new multi-media performance piece to be performed in alternative art-spaces throughout 2008/2009, the work was supported by a grant from Arts Council England. It will culminate with a film version of the work in 2009.
David was the 2007/8 recipient of the Wallace Potts Bursary from the Nureyev Foundation in support of his work as a video and dance artist.
See David’s website: http://snakeoilmedia.co.uk