biography

David Wampach started out studying medicine at the Faculty of Montpellier. He quickly became interested in live performances: firstly theater, and then dance.
He participated in multiple dance groups: The Company Coline in Istres, France (1999), Ex.e.r.ce (2000) at the National Choreographic Center of Montpelier, directed by Mathilde Monnier, and then the P.A.R.T.S school of Brussels with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (2001). He also participated in the training of choreographic culture offered by Laurence Louppe, from 2004 to 2006, while working on his creations.

From 2001, he develops his artistic approach by borrowing from theatre and plastic art, in the frame of the Achles Association.

David Wampach co-wrote the duet D ES R A (2003) with Pierre Mourles, before creating the solo CIRCONSCRIT (2004), then BASCULE (2005), a radical and hypnotic trio to the rhythm of metronomic music. Then came QUATORZE (2007), AUTO (2008), a duet with pianist, Aurélien Richard, BATTERIE (2008) and BATTEMENT (2009), a variation on the ‘grand battement’, the ballet movement.

He created two new pieces in 2011: CASSETTE, a Latino version of the ballet Casse-noisette (Nutcracker), and SACRE, a reading of Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), created at the Montpellier Dance Festival in 2011. That same year he was the laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto where he spent six months. In 2012 and 2013, David Wampach continued his work on ritual and trance, directing his first short film, RITE, a continuation of the piece SACRE, and creating the solo TOUR, in which he portrays a primal being invaded by the rhythm of his inhalations and exhalations, composing a visual and acoustic portrait.

In 2014, he created the duet VEINE for the Cratère Surfaces festival for arts in urban spaces, organised by Le Cratère, the national theatre in Alès, where he has been an Associated Artist from 2012 to 2016.

In 2015 he creates URGE, premiered at the festival Montpellier Danse, a piece for 6 dancers on desire and urges. In 2017, again at the Montpellier Danse festival, he created ENDO, a duo which takes inspiration from endotism and action art, then BEREZINA in 2019, a piece for 6 dancers.

David Wampach is also regularly invited to teach in educational programs, such as ex.e.r.ce at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, EMFOCO and REVUELO in Concepción, in Chile, and danceWEB, the scholarship program of the ImPulsTanz festival.

portraits
Intempestif, insaisissable • Rosita Boisseau • Panorama de la danse contemporaine • éditions Textuel • 2008
Non, mais oui quand même • Gérard Mayen • Préférences • july/aug 2009
Mesure pour démesure • Eve Beauvallet • Mouvement • april 2010
Short Essay • Yusuke Hashimoto • Kex magazine, Japan • august 2012