Immerse yourself in Spinning a Yarn, a dynamic movement experience created in collaboration between exhibiting artist Analia Segal and artist and performer David Thomson. Performing in a sculpted garment, created by Segal, made of plastic boning—a common material used in clothing for shaping the body, Thomson plays with the shifting modalities of place and relationship to an object tied to his body. Employing tasks and actions, Thomson shifts narratives by acquiring symbolic and metaphorical allusions. This 60-minute performance confronts ideas of place and patterns of behavior. Following the performance, join Segal and Thomson at 2 pm for an informal discussion about their inspirations for the work, personal and shared processes, and overall collaboration.
David Thomson, a native New Yorker, has primarily worked as a collaborative performer/creator in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance with such artists as Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown (‘87-‘93), Susan Rethorst, Remy Charlip, Ralph Lemon (’99-’10), Sekou Sundiata, Tracie Morris, Meg Stuart, Dean Moss/Layla Ali, Alain Buffard, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, Maria Hassabi and David Bowie among many others. He has performed downtown, Off-Broadway and in London with the Drama Desk nominated a capella performance group, Hot Mouth, founded by Grisha Coleman, Jonathan Stone, Viola Sheely and Thomson.
Thomson’s own work exists among the intersections of movement, text, sound and song. His work has been presented and supported by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gibney Dance Center, LMCC, The Invisible Dog and PeformanceSpace New York. Honors include a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Sustained Achievement (2001), a 2012 USArtist Ford Fellow, a 2013 NYFA Fellow in Choreography, fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell and The Rauschenberg Foundation. He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Purchase. www.davidhamiltonthomson.com