Dance workshop with Colleen Thomas
In this two-days workshop we will utilize improvisation, contact partnering, and the seeds of composition.
This is a workshop in exploration- the exploration of essence, individuality, perception and power. Utilizing improvisation, contact partnering, and the seeds of composition, we will sense what stirs our minds and bodies as we explore individual and group process.
I am interested in what imprint remains on our bodies, in our movement, in our experience of the moment, and how we relay and connect that to our audience or to the world. We will use embodied cognition to explore the emotionality of focus and space as we devote sensing the moment as a practice. The workshops will use improvisation and contact partnering to explore relationship, history, patterning, mindfulness and the pathways that are generated through the practice. We will use this awareness to guide us into the beginnings of a work.
Dancers and choreographers
Monday 21 March | 10:00-11:30
Tuesday 22 March | 12:00-13:30
Colleen Thomas is a New York based choreographer and performing artist. Her work as a choreographer and dancer has been presented internationally in Hong Kong, Estonia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Russia, and in New York at venues including Danspace Project, DTW, New York Live Arts, The Miller Theater, Danny K. Playhouse, The Harkness Center at the 92nd
Street Y, and The Kumble Arts Center. She has worked with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company among others.
In 2003, she founded Colleen Thomas Dance where she serves as artistic director, executive director, choreographer, and performer. She is also co-director, choreographer, and performer with Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co, and the co-director and co-curator of the LIT (loft into theater) series at 100 Grand, which supports innovative and experimental work by both emerging and established artists in an up-close and personal setting.
She is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University.