Celebrating the life and mourning the sudden death of performance artist, dance scholar and dear friend, Doran George. Doran was a true iconoclast with a colossal personality, a massive heart and an unwavering sense of integrity and loyalty. A social climber they were not, and they despised them. Doran was one of the few people with whom I loved to fight, and we fought scabrously. I will miss you so much, Doran George, your razor sharp wit, your deafening woodpeckery laugh, and your endless warmth and kindness. My deepest condolences to Doran's wonderful partner, filmmaker Barry Shils. Details on memorial services to come. About Doran: Doran George, PhD was a cultural historian writing on sexual culture, avant-garde dance, and performance art. They were at work on a book that would have been the first critical history of ‘Somatic’ trainings on contemporary dance. Doran was also a performance artist and choreographer who deconstructed socio-political identity categories, staged work that built micro-communities, and cultivated radical practices of intimacy. They staged work in arts and non-arts contexts, which included working with people facing bereavement and terminal illness. George’s artwork and scholarship is represented in art books, Oxford University Press anthologies, and journals. They lectured in Dance, Disability Studies and LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, and taught erotic work in art and sex-positive contexts. Doran also engaged in public scholarship through writing and symposia that they produced, and mentored artists through California’s Choreographers In Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) program and London’s Wellcome Trust. #dorangeorge
We have always heard about the crazy parties thrown in Hollywood by the rich and famous and we can add this story to the list.
UCLA professor, Doran George died during a bondage session at someones home.
The 48-year-old, was found dead inside the home of Skip Chasey, an executive for Hollywood’s William Morris Endeavor agency and known in the BDSM community.
The professor had been wrapped “head to toe in plastic wrap and gaffer’s tape, with small breathing holes at the nose and mouth,” during a mummification ritual.
When paramedics arrived, they were unable to revive him; no official cause of death has been determined by the coroner and no charges have been filed.