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MANCC Returning Choreographic Fellow David Neumann

Published January 14, 2015

David Neumann, Photo by Maria Baranova

Returning Choreographic Fellow David Neumann will be in residence at MANCC January 12-24, to work on I Understand Everything Better, a multidisciplinary dance-based performance that explores the impulse to report on calamity, the consciousness of traumatic change, and one’s proximity to dying. I Understand incorporates innovative technology, weather, reports, and personal narratives within a framework composed of elements drawn from classical Japanese dance and theater.

Neumann was previously in residence in November 2011 to develop Restless Eye, a work which explores the realm between thought and behavior, between describing life and experiencing it.  View the research video on the making of Restless Eye online. 

While at MANCC, Neumann will continue working with two advisors on the project including, Dr. Pamela Barton (an end-of-life care physician) and Rick Davis, a lead scientist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Ruskin, FL. Neumann has conducted with local weather reporters and observed their local live weather reports. Additionally, Neumann has also interacted with the elder community and those who attend their health care needs to gain a wider perspective on approaches to dying as well as the effects on our minds and bodies as we near our last breath. Neumann hopes to continue these conversations during his time at MANCC.    


Entrypoints are unique opportunities for visiting artists to conduct research and collaborate with the FSU and Tallahassee communities as well as the national dance field.

1/21 Scholarly Engagement

A discussion about Noh Theatre with Assistant Professor of Religion Dr. Kristina Buhrman.

1/22 Big Bend Hospice’s Death Cafe

An opportunity for individuals to gather and discuss ideas surrounding death.

1/23 Work-In-Progress Showing

5:30 pm Black Box Theatre, Montgomery Hall

The Work-In-Progress Showing is free and open to the public.


The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.