Bill Young / Colleen Thomas & Co. presents LIT (Nº 19) - loft into theater -
Bill Young / Colleen Thomas & Co.
“Daring, eccentric… the sensuality, the tenderness, the sense of adventure seem intrinsic to the moment and anchored to life.” – Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
Bill Young / Colleen Thomas & Co.
- loft into theater -
Fri, Sat Feb 22, 23 8pm
Sun Feb 24 5:30pm
100 Grand, Soho
100 Grand St. (at Mercer), NYC
Near all Canal Sreet Subway stations
General Admission: $15
Admission is very limited; booking in advance recommended
An intimate look at intimate workings by Bill & Colleen
Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Pete Chamberlin, Gary Champi, Lauren Ferguson, Nadia Halim,
Burr Johnson, Lindsey Jones, Jo Morris, Sadie Mosko, Jamie Scott, Darrin Wright
Joe Levasseur - Lighting, Rachel Jones - Costumes
New York, NY -- Bill Young / Colleen Thomas & Co. opens the doors of their 100 Grand Loftspace in Soho for this 19th edition of LIT – a performance series devoted to presenting work in the same environs where it is created, to allow the audience an opportunity to experience the work as do the artists within it.
Shifting from recent large-scale projects as last year’s Interleaving at ADF, Young & Thomas have designed for this occasion a special program of small-form intimate works – some newly-made / remade, and some still-in-the-making.
Highlights include a number of striking pairings in duo form: Jamie Scott with Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Burr Johnson & Lindsey Jones, and Lauren Ferguson with Gary Champi. Thomas brings back her poetic “Damsel” danced by Peter Chamberlin, and offers material-in-process featuring live music by Jo Morris.
In the tradition of classic SoHo Loftshows, a party will follow the performance.
“The whole production gleamed… This was a dancer’s evening, a celebration of the absurd process allows 13 highly-trained artists to dedicate themselves to bringing pleasure to capacity crowds of 60. I considered myself privileged to be there...” – Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice
BILL YOUNG/ COLLEEN THOMAS & CO., recently on the big stage at ADF this past June, has been presented by the Joyce Theater, DTW, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research, Symphony Space and the 92Y (among others), and on repeated international tours, including performances in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Canada, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela. Now an international group of artists (with recent and current dancers hailing from the US, Greece, Africa, China, Albania & Venezuela), the company has received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, NYSCA, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the State Dept., Artslink, the National Performance Network and Suitcase Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the Mary Duke Biddle, Joyce Mertz- Gilmore, Harkness and Greenwall Foundations, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
BILL YOUNG, winner of a Guggenheim and 2 NYFA fellowships, discovered dance while studying music at Oberlin College. He showed early work in San Francisco, while dancing with Margaret Jenkins, and later moved to New York where he danced with Douglas Dunn, Randy Warshaw, Merce Cunningham (on video). In 1988 he established Bill Young & Dancers, for which he has created over 80 works; his guest commissions include the Estonian National Opera Ballet, Cia de Danças de Diadema (Sao Paulo), Compagnie de Danse L’Astragale (Montréal), Teoria de Gravedad (Mexico), Bratislava Dance Theater (Slovakia), the Madach Theater (Budapest), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis), DanceArt Hong Kong, Core Performance Group (Atlanta), and the Wildspace Dance Company (Milwaukee). He has also traveled to create and teach extensively for Companies, Festivals, and Schools worldwide, and has adjudicated on panels for Artslink, Dance Theater Workshop, American College Dance Festival and NYFA. He has taught recenlty at the Juilliard School and NYU.
COLLEEN THOMAS is a New York based choreographer and performing artist. She 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 an intimate company focused on rigorous physicality and dynamic partnering. Their work has been seen throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. Now interested in focusing on illuminating her vision of contemporary work, Thomas has formed ColleenThomasDance. Thomas received her BA in psychology from SUNY Empire State College and her MFA in Dance from University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, The New School, Barnard College, Skidmore College, and Bates College. She is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University.
Complete biographical information for the creative team and performers is available upon request.
These performances are supported in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.
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