Colleen Thomas Dance

"the beautiful and the ominous mingle in thoughtfully poetic ways" - Village Voice

REPERTORY

Welcome Home
September 2016

Excerpt from the premiere of Welcome Home on Governors Island in September 2016.

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Her(e) Repetitive Blueprint
October 2015

Excerpt from the premiere at The 92nd Street Y on October 23-25, 2015.

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Stupid is a Bad Word
September 2014

 

Stupid is a Bad Word. is a collaborative duet created by Colleen Thomas and  Adriane Fang.  

The work references quirks of childhood, while moments of whimsy and humor hint at the working relationship between these old friends.



just give me ten seconds (film)
June 2014

Running Time: 4 min

just give me ten seconds explores the simultaneous vulnerability and strength of the exposed, expressive female body by positioning the dance in urban spaces throughout Rio de Janeiro. Colleen Thomas creates instantaneous solutions to the obstacles presented by the terrain and passersby as she flies fearlessly through the compressed humanity of the busy city. Guided by the meticulous eye of Petra Costa’s camera, we follow Colleen as she dares to understand her body as a communicative tool, and evoke the idea that once given the chance to express ourselves, our bodies can speak volumes.

 


when the earth was flat, it smelled like the color pink, and I believed
July 2009

Running Time: 14 min

Featuring a six-person rock band led by Chris Lancaster and extraordinary performances by some of New York City’s best dancers, who brought back a memory of a simpler time in 1980s Miami.


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Jane Can't Connect
July 2009

A performative duet between Colleen Thomas and Chris Lancaster that grew out of improvisation, where they put onstage for the audience the interactions that they had come to enjoy in the studio as collaborators. The roles of musician, dancer, director, interpreter, boss, and worker were jumbled in this work, which included skating, music boxes, and the song Open Arms, by Journey.


Winning You with Words (this is how we fall)
January 2008

Inspired by the dialogue of artistic permission and restraint utilized in Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructions, choreographer Colleen Thomas, musical collaborator Christopher Lancaster and costumer Joanna Seitz experimented with control and authorship, placing deliberate roadblocks to the others' creative processes. This trio was made for performers Ted Johnson, Julia Burr and Karl Rogers - all of whom happen to be taller than 6 feet.


Catching Her Tears (40°N 73°W)
2007

A psychologically wrought, physically dramatic prying open of the pathos of loss and the desperation in trying to find. Undulating choreography accompanied by an incessantly passionate score hurtle the dancers through a landscape of suspense and quiet terror. Dancers explore the unrelenting tension between skirting the edge of disaster and reeling toward the unknown.

The composition of gesture deftly describes our nonverbal impulses, the quiet conversations of our emotional lives. Dancers become creatures that bear weight, both physical and psychological, at times dropping their burdens and their histories with a thump onto the floor, at other times hurtling their cargo through space. The stage is set for drama-but instead of resolution, the tension is maintained. The performers delight and horrify as they prepare to take us on the same high-stakes journey once more. With a flick, a nervous tick, a convulsive bounce, the premise for this mysterious narrative is set, only to explode with complete momentum, all legs and limbs, spiraling up out of the floor, running across the space on feet or on hands, leveraging off each other. Punctuated by gestures of nurture and simplicity. This dance is character driven, culminating in one man’s attempt to recapture stability.

Photos ©  Alex Escalante, Gary Noel, Ian Douglas, Ernesto Mancebo, Yi-Chun Wu, Judy Stuart and Michael Discenza