Day Eight’s mission is accomplished through support for live arts programming including performances, classes, workshops, retreats and residencies directed by leading collaborators and institutions, including Day Eight’s founder Robert Bettmann.

Enviro Arts

Robert Bettmann is the author of the book Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body. Day Eight’s recent project is an exploration of the connections between the human body and the natural world. Recent activities include a day-long eco arts retreat.

Quis Custodiet

Our Quis project is a multi-year community exploration of security. The mission of the project is to encourage engagement with the issues of citizenship that are embedded in questions about local, community, and national security. The title for the project comes from a saying attributed to the philosopher Piccarus (sixth century BC), “Quis Custodiet Ispus Custodet?” —  “Who Shall Watch the Watchers Themselves?”

The company began the Quis project through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Collaborators included glass and video artist Tim Tate (video/set design), visual artist Johanna Mueller (image design), youth advocates Susie Cambria, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, and film-maker Kathryn Pasternak. National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake and DC City Council Chair Kwame Brown were Honorary Hosts for the project’s premiere.

All Good Men

The company’s first evening-length production, All Good Men, a dance theater adaptation of a Dylan Thomas film script, premiered in the Capital Fringe Festival. The Examiner review states that All Good Men, “is truly a jewel and a tribute to the commonalities between poetry, literature and dance.” 

Postcard design by Sean Kallich for Hamiltonian Artists.

The Fun House

A multi-media installation adaptation of All Good Men was a co-production with the Hamiltonian Gallery. You can see excerpts from the performance of The Fun House here and here.

The Fun House was performed by Rachel Merga, Emily Horton, Robert Bettmann, and Marisha Bourgeois with friends.