I am fascinated by how we perceive – what we sense and don’t sense, what we notice and ignore in our surroundings and ourselves. What makes us more aware of the wonders around us? How can I pass through this limitlessly astounding life maintaining a heightened appreciation for the beauties that abound? For me, the creative endeavors of dance and improvisation help me feel more alive than almost any other pursuits. I love how, after dancing and improvising, there is a residual glow that I carry into the rest of life – and I enjoy structuring activities that offer entrees into that heightened state of alive-ness for others. Physical exertion in combination with playful problem solving, creative exploration, and collaboration are important elements in creating the vibrant improvisations that I crave.
biography: Scott Davis is a longtime dance improviser and educator based in Seattle, USA. He first studied contact improvisation at Princeton University in the 1980s and has subsequently studied, performed, and taught contact improvisation technique in multiple venues, most recently at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and for Velocity Dance Center. Scott’s approach to contact is influenced by years of work and collaboration with Cyrus Khambatta, Karl Frost, and Amii LeGendre. From 2000 to 2007 he was a company member of Lingo Dance Theater, a contemporary dance company under the direction of KT Niehoff. During that time his improvisation work was influenced by Katie Duck, Nina Martin, Karen Nelson, and Chris Aiken. He has toured and taught in Japan, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Canada and throughout the States. Scott has also collaborated with members of the dance faculty at the University of Washington and produced his own work in Seattle, New York, New Jersey and Ecuador. He was the artistic director of the Princeton Mime Company and co-founder of Loon Soup, a mime and physical theater company. He is a founding member of the Seattle CI Lab and on faculty at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the Northwest School.