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92Y’s Harkness Dance Center presents Colleen Thomas Dance
Colleen Thomas Dance
HER(E) REPETITIVE BLUEPRINT
October 23rd & 24th at 8:00pm and October 25th at 3:00pm (followed by talkback)
We see what we think we know, not what stands before us. In Her(e) Repetitive Blueprint, the inevitability of our perception is called into question. How can we see clearly if we are beholden to the stories we keep telling ourselves? And yet we try, we must. We scrap it all and start over knowing that there is no clean slate, only these bodies and the web of perceived social, gender and racial narratives that run rampant across the shapes and mounds that hold our blood and guts. Life is here, this moment. Now....and now...and now. And then we begin again -- even when the imprints remain.
Her(e) Repetitive Blueprint features an extraordinary cast, including Samantha Allen, Ehsoje Azeke, Jenna Riegel, Orlando Hunter, Tamara Joy, Marc Mann, Jessica Stroh, and Nathan Trice, along with Ms. Thomas. John Mcgrew, who has collaborated on a number of her works,will perform live his original score. Lighting is by Tricia Toliver.
General Admission: $15
Student/group rates available, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited tickets available at the door; advance purchase is recommended
A post-performance conversation with the artists and guests will accompany the Sunday performance.
Her(e) Repetitive Blueprint runs approximately 50 minutes with no intermission.
Colleen Thomas began her professional career with the Miami Ballet and went on to work with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and The Kevin Wynn Collection among others. In 1997 a creative collaboration with Bill Young evolved into a company focused on rigorous physicality and dynamic partnering. Their work has been seen throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia, and South America. Now interested in focusing on illuminating her vision of contemporary work, Thomas has formed ColleenThomasDance. Thomas has presented her work in Hong Kong, Estonia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Russia and in New York at Joyce Soho, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Triskelion Arts, The Miller Theater, Danny K. Playhouse, and The Kumble Arts Center, as well as at Cal State Long Beach, East Carolina University, and Minneapolis at the Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, and The New Guthrie among others.
Thomas holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University.
COMPLETE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON THE CREATIVE TEAM and dancers available upon request, or at the company website Colleenthomasdance.com
Her(e) Repetitive Blueprint is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Photo by Judith Stuart Boroson