My May 12, 2020 performance at Dixon Place (New York, NY) was cancelled due to the pandemic, but I look forward to sharing newer dancing and dances with you in the hopefully not-too-distant future. Stay safe, inquisitive, healthy, and positive!

    Stay tuned...additional performances and projects are on the way!


    March 5, 2020: the premiere of Reasons for Moving Briskly, a 10-minute-long solo created and performed by David Appel, as part of the DeGarmo Salon Performance Series.

    May 6, 2019: the premiere of thank u for your support, a 17-minute work for 7 performers, under the auspices of Movement Research at the Judson Church (New York, NY). With Randy Burd, Ava Heller, Jenni Hong, Elise Knudson, Allison Knuth, Efrén Sánchez, and David Appel.

    November 16-17, 2018: The 34-minute premiere of Where we are, what we do, for 7 performers, as part of the Take Root series at Green Space (Long Island City, NY).

    July 20-21, 2018: The premiere of The Speed of Sound, an approximately 10-minute-long solo composed of selected material from his current longer one in progress, at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY). [Created and performed by David as part of the Brooklyn Ballet's annual First Look festival.]

    December 5, 2017: the premiere of close at hand (starry night), a 23-minute-long solo created and performed by David Appel, at Dixon Place (New York, NY).

    March 17 and 19, 2017: the 40-minute-long Little Dances in Uncertain Times, with Darla Stanley, Jenni Hong, Elise Knudson, Megan Harrold, and David Appel, premiered as part of a Split Bill at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY).

    November 3, 2015: the premiere of sparks off the tips of our fingers, a 25-minute-long solo created and performed by David Appel, at Dixon Place (New York, NY).

    May 9, 2015: Off the Shelf (a bookstore project) was premiered at the P.S. Bookshop in Brooklyn, NY, with dancers David Appel and Darla Stanley, and actor/reader Eric Chase. Each of the four approximately 15-minute-long sets featured new short pieces made from diverse mixes of set and improvised dancing, at times weaving in original and encountered text.

    May 9-10, 2014: The World is Spinning (and so are we), a new 52-minute work comprised of numerous short small group pieces for 5 dancers, was premiered at the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York, NY. The performances were notable for (among other things) the audience's placement in the middle of the space, so that the action unfolded around and above them.

    June 5, 2013: David, his current work, and the trajectory of his 40-year career were the subject of an hour-long edition of New Arts Alive on Berks Community Television (BCTV) in Reading, PA. He was interviewed by James Carroll, Director of the New Arts Program in Kutztown, PA.

    June 4, 2013: more than a murmur, David's third collection of new short pieces for a small group of dancers, premiered on opening night of the Dance Conversations 2013 festival at the Flea Theater (New York, NY).

    April 2, 2013: the long and short of it, a second collection of new relatively short small group pieces, was premiered as part of the Under Exposed series at Dixon Place (New York, NY).

    January 30—February 2, 2013: Five by Five (moon she be struttin), David's first collection of new short small group pieces, was performed on 5 shared programs to mostly packed houses as part of RAW Directions at Dance New Amsterdam (New York, NY).

  • Photo Credits:

    Home Page and his dancing and dances generally page 3 photos by Alvydas Urbanas

    His dancing and dances generally pages 1 and 4 and the group work pages 1, 2, and 3 photos by Stephanie Crousillat

    All press photos by Mark Von Holden

    Home Visits page 1 and Teaching page 2 photos by Bobbie Aldridge

    The solos page 1 photo by Jim Willet

    Off the Shelf pages 1 and 3 photos by Suzanne Nicholas