Once you get past the pure level of ‘abstraction’ in Davids dancing, you begin to notice that some tiny moments stand out as visually beautiful illusions or effects. In the 2nd part of this clip (starting around 3min) the focus changes to his ‘battle’ tricks, and we can see a more clear demonstration of skill and ability. With a wild range of his movement, everything is locked together by this super-controlled internal flow, the speed of all his arms and legs are moving buy
For me, no-one has influenced my own sense of dance and movement more than David Bernal. In the early days of the Ministry of Manipulation, we would sit around in the Hangar and Jea9, Colin, Ed, Drew and I would watch his videos and be blown away, then we would run off to juggle with a billion new ideas about movement and the way things can connect together.
Detours isn’t retail anymore (only exists on the pirate bay) and lots of other clips from the two-Dvd box set are available. Check out : The Floor is my Canvas #2 (I prefer #1, but it isn’t on youtube….)
It has been too long since he has been seen around here.