David Hernandez

11696385_856259561124080_4705523763116675476_oDavid Hernandez (USA/BL) studied studio music & jazz and opera at the University of Miami as a vocalist and Dance at the New World School of the Arts. He began creating his own work early on and self produced his own dance performances and events in Miami as well as abroad.

David worked with choreographers such as Dale Andrée and Gerri Houlihan, Randy Warshaw in NY as an apprentice where he met Meg Stuart for the first time.  He worked as an intern for the Trisha Brown Company.

He left New York along with compatriot Meg Stuart and moved to Europe to support the establishment of the company Damaged Goods in Belgium. David worked with the company for about 5 years and contributed as a dancer and as artistic collaborator in the following performances: No Longer Readymade, No One Is Watching, This is the show and the show is many things, as well as various happenings, installations and improvisation performances. In addition, he was responsible for the training classes of the company. David then established his own group, Edwardvzw, based in Brussels, in order to produce his own choreographic work. At that time he created several pieces including the solos Edward (96), Fernando (97) and the quartet: …the essence of its going (98).

At the same time, David developed and directed (PEP) The Performance Education Program at STUK in Leuven. In this way, David was also recognized as a valuable teacher with a strong pedagogic vision. Parallel to this, he was a fixed teacher at P.A.R.T.S where he is still active. He is part of the artistic-educational core of this school and participates in the various evaluations of the students. Over the years his involvement at PARTS has included: technical dance training classes, composition and improvisation as well as rhythm workshops in collaboration Michel Debrulle and repertory workshops in which he makes choreographic work on the students.

Other projects include the solo Love Letters (1999), Quartet (2000), commissioned for Labor Gras (Berlin, Germany), The Mapping of Canada (2000) and Schouet Doch (2001) in collaboration with Alexander Baervoets and collaborated and performed in the repertoire of the French choreographer Brice Leroux. David has collaborated with such different choreographers and artists and was at the same time busy developing his “style” or approach to movement . He also developed many tactics and approaches to creating work such as his own ‘elastic choreography. In elastic choreography rules and structures are the solid foundation for an improvised choreography. The result is a  the set choreography with room for freedom of choices by the dancers which creates a sort of game structure.

More recently, David has collaborated with Labor Gras (G) as a dancer, director and co pedagogue and composer for multimedia productions I, Myself and Me again (2006) and Play the Play: Hide & Seek (2008). He then worked with Anouk van Dijk Company (Holland) for the productions Heads (2005), as a dancer, and as a dramaturg and composer for Pushing Air (2006).

Since 2005, David has been collaborating on a  regular basis with Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker and Rosas as a  movement creator and choreographic collaborator on the productions D’un soir Un Jour, Penture, La Monnaie happens,  Keeping Still, and  Zeitung . Most recently he worked as a dancer and singer for the creation and tour of Cesena currently still touring.  It was through experience that he met Bjorn Schmelzer and was asked to join the early music ensemble Graindelvoix with which he is currently working as a singer for projects such as the Missa Caput by Ockeghem and the Messe de Notre Dame from Machaut, among other projects, for which they will record a cd in March of 2013 in Cuenca, Spain for Glossa. Most recently David collaborated with Bjorn, Margarida Garcia and Koen Broos on the dramaturgical and scenographic elements for graindelvaoix’s new Concert/Performance “Trabe dich Thierlein”.

Since 2009 he began developing his own work again under the name DH+.