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Leslie Scalapino Award Reading | The Triumph of Crowds

Leslie Scalapino Award Reading | The Triumph of Crowds

New Ohio Theater 5 December 2016 I had the pleasure of performing in the reading for Third annual Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. Brigid McLeer is the recipient of the third annual Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. In memory of Leslie Scalapino and her “commitment to the community of experimental writing...
The Commons Choir | BROOKLYN REZOUND (work-in-progress)

The Commons Choir | BROOKLYN REZOUND (work-in-progress)

BROOKLYN REZOUND, created by The Commons Choir in collaboration with composer Darius Jones, is an investigative musical and dance performance that delves into the history of diversity and displacement in Brooklyn.
The Voyeurs | Madison Square Park

The Voyeurs | Madison Square Park

The Voyeurs

Madison Square Park

23rd Street and Broadway

New York City

15, 16 September 2016

6p

18 September 2016

2p
Mt Tremper Arts Watershed Lab Residency | Performance

Mt Tremper Arts Watershed Lab Residency | Performance

he his own mythical beast

Residency

5-11 September 2016

Performance

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm / Tickets $15

This process version of he his own mythical beast uses new and material accumulated from prior performance installations to build a multifaceted experience engaging the edges and issues of identity, power, myth and America.
a canary torsi | CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR

a canary torsi | CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR

This summer I had the pleasure of working on a new project with Yanira Castro.  We began with a series of extended interviews in the Spring and workshops in the Summer. CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is a trilogy of works to premiere for three weeks in September 2017 at three commissioning NYC venues: The Chocolate Factory,...
The Voyeurs | Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Voyeurs | Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Voyeurs

A performance installation by David Thomson

July 23 at 5:30 & 6:30 pm

Empire Fulton Ferry at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Art AIDS America | Bronx Museum

Art AIDS America | Bronx Museum

The first comprehensive overview of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States

Opening night performance

Wednesday, July 13th

2nd floor North Wing

7:15pm

Look up here, I'm in heaven

Look up here, I’m in heaven

BRIC Arts Media

July 6, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

“A thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.”

Performances by exhibition artist David Antonio Cruz, and artists Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and David Thomson that explore contradictions in identity, freedom, and materiality of the black/brown body.
Kaneza Schaal | Go Forth

Kaneza Schaal | Go Forth

River to River Festival | LMCC River to River Festival

The Arts Center at Governors Island, Building 110

Thu, Jun 16 from 4:30–5:30pm

Fri, Jun 17 from 4:30–5:30pm

Sat, Jun 18 from 2:30–3:30pm

Sun, Jun 19 from 2:30–3:30pm

“…a (fine) place to consider existence beneath and beyond the earth, “Go Forth” finds an immediate and visceral strength in ancient codes of mourning.” –...
Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-Altered Annually

Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-Altered Annually

The Kitchen

2-4 June 2016

8p

ADI/NYC PremiereThe Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-Altered Annually” is an ongoing work-in-progress that interweaves formal dance and personal themes of aging and mortality with humor and diverse texts
Yaddo Residency

Yaddo Residency

3 - 30 March 2016

The Corporation of Yaddo

Saratoga Springs, NY
Maria Hassabi | PLASTIC

Maria Hassabi | PLASTIC

February 21 - March 20, 2016

Museum of Modern Art

Artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi’s PLASTIC is a commissioned live installation in which dancers perform throughout MoMA continuously during opening hours.
Process Space Residency | Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Process Space Residency | Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

1 - 29 February 2016

125 Maiden Lane Studio
Kaneza Schaal | Go Forth

Kaneza Schaal | Go Forth

7-12 January 2016

Westbeth Center

Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, GO FORTH is a performance and photo installation that considers how we create space in our lives for the presence of the absent.
Non-Sequitur by Khadijah Queen

Non-Sequitur by Khadijah Queen

10 - 20 December 2015
Thursday thru Sunday 8pm Thu-Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun

Theaterlab
357 West 36th Street, 3rd fl, New York NY 10018 (elevator)
Artist Conversation with Nelisiwe Xaba

Artist Conversation with Nelisiwe Xaba

David Thomson will lead a live interview and discussion with Nelisiwe Xaba around the political and aesthetic resonances in her work.
David Bowie | Blackstar

David Bowie | Blackstar

Got a call out of the blue to do a music video…they couldn’t tell me the name of the artist as it was extremely confidential.   When I got to rehearsal and discovered who it was, it blew my mind!! It was a pleasure meeting the man & legend. He will be missed…  
Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move?

Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?

25 October 7pm
FIAC & Musée du Louvre / Auditorium du Louvre
Paris, France

28 October
La Cartonnerie - Friche La Belle de Mai
Marseille, France
Patricia Hoffbauer | Dances for Intimate Spaces and Friendly People

Patricia Hoffbauer | Dances for Intimate Spaces and Friendly People

Performances
Wednesday, September 30 through Saturday, October 03
7:30 pm

Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center 280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers)
see yourself when (2015)

see yourself when (2015)

Movement Research at Judson Church
21 September 2015

A Venus intervention...
Short Stories (2015)

Short Stories (2015)

21 August 2015
Dancing Through the Bronx

Owen Dolan Park, Bronx
a canary torsi | Performance Portrait: Live (work-in-progress) (2015)

a canary torsi | Performance Portrait: Live (work-in-progress) (2015)

August 2015
Performance Portrait: Live is an interactive, multi-channel video installation that focuses on the symbiotic relationship between performer and spectator.
Critical Correspondence | Takahiro Yamamoto in Conversation with David Thomson

Critical Correspondence | Takahiro Yamamoto in Conversation with David Thomson

26 July 2015
An informal conversation with Takahiro on aspects of aesthetics, cultural identity, practice and form.
Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move?

Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?

14th July 8pm
Teatro Sociale
Como, Italy

Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move?

Yvonne Rainer | The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?

June 9–14, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art presents the East Coast premiere of Yvonne Rainer's latest work. This ongoing work-in-progress interweaves formal dance with personal themes of aging and mortality, humor, and diverse texts—intermittently read by Rainer and the dancers—dealing with ancient Mideast dynasties, paleontological findings, and literary quotations.
Gibney DiP Residency 2015

Gibney DiP Residency 2015

Dance in Process (DiP) is the signature program of Gibney Dance’s Choreographic Center. DiP provides nuanced creative residency support for mid-career New York City-based artists.

18 May - 23 May 2015
31 August - 5 September 2015
30 November - 5 December 2015
the venus knot (2015)

the venus knot (2015)

Saturday 16 May 2015 2 to 6pm
Sunday 17 May 2015 1 to 5pm

The Invisible Dog Art Center A durational performance installation. Entangled as we are with total freedom. A thing of immortal make, not human, snorting out the breath, the terrible flame of bright fire...
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

1 May 2015
Danspace Project
Charged Spaces

Daria Faïn, Massimiliano Balduzzi and Christine Bonansea Saulut

Curated by David Thomson
FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a benefit series supporting neighborhood food distribution programs. This benefit performance/canned food drive collects non-perishable items and presents new works by a range of choreographers.
Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik | BROOKLYN REZOUND

Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik | BROOKLYN REZOUND

21 April 2015
BRIC
As part of BRIC’s Stoop Series The Commons Choir will perform BROOKLYN REZOUND, conceived and directed by Robert Kocik & Daria Fain with another fascinating cast of performers. A sonic and physical mediation on commerce, language, and Brooklyn's history.
Beth Gill | Portrait Studies

Beth Gill | Portrait Studies

April 15, 2015
Live Ideas Festival
S K Y – Force and Wisdom in America Today
Portrait Studies is a commissioned pièce d'occasion directed by Beth Gill. Sharing the program with Laurie Anderson and Deborah Hay.
E-Moves presents Malcolm Low

E-Moves presents Malcolm Low

April 10, 11, 17, 2015
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
E-Moves Festival
Malcolm Low's
In the thrust towards the future…I want to leave something of use
BRIClab: Okwui Okpokwasili

BRIClab: Okwui Okpokwasili

3 & 4 April 2015
BRIC
Okwui Okpokwasili's Poor People's TV Room (work in progress)

Moderating a post-show artist and audience dialogue.
Tanz Farm presents Malcolm Low | In the thrust towards the future (2015)

Tanz Farm presents Malcolm Low | In the thrust towards the future (2015)

March 26-28, 2015
Tanz Farm
Atlanta, GA

Malcolm Low's
In the thrust towards the future…I want to leave something of use
Walker Arts Center presents Tere O'Connor | BLEED

Walker Arts Center presents Tere O’Connor | BLEED

March 19-21, 2015
Walker Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN

The final performances of BLEED
Venus Rising: Seeing through Blackness, Laughing Through Whiteness

Venus Rising: Seeing through Blackness, Laughing Through Whiteness

A collaboration with the artist Tony Whitfield. Initiated as a somewhat traditional interaction between photographer and model, this work represents the unexpected intersection of distinctly different artistic practices and has become phase one in a collaboration between choreographer/performance artist David Hamilton Thomson and artist/designer Tony Whitfield exploring maturation in an idiosyncratic racialized body.      
#spacetobreathe

#spacetobreathe

February 2 - March 27, 2015

Gibney Dance Center

The recent cultural climate has shed light on the systemic conflation of violence with the black male body—bodies that are often perceived as threatening. Featuring visual artwork by performing artists Raja Feather Kelly, Jaamil Kosoko, Jumatatu Poe, Will Rawls and David Thomson (in collaboration with artist/designer Tony Whitfield),...
Tere O'Connor | Sister

Tere O’Connor | Sister

JAN 9 & 11, 2015
American Realness
Abrons Arts Center

New York Premiere of the third part of the quartet which culminates in BLEED. In Sister, hyper-intricate rhythmic systems provide the chatter between the performers as they are propelled into an increasingly mysterious cascade of events.
Venus Redux (2014)

Venus Redux (2014)

During a two-week residency at The Invisible Dog, I focused on building new material, setting a structure, creating text to overlay, and continuing to explore a 360° performance field.
Mash (2013)

Mash (2013)

March 25 ,2013
Movement Research at Judson
conceived and directed by David Thomson
performed by Anna Azrieli, Marya Wethers, Malcolm Low, Jodi Bender
Hunger (2012)

Hunger (2012)

June 24 ,2012
Movement Research at Judson Church
conceived & directed by david thomson
movement by david thomson
text by okwui okpokwasili
performed by david thomson & okwui okpokwasili
Alain Buffard | Baron Samedi (2012)

Alain Buffard | Baron Samedi (2012)

Premiered in April 2012 at the Théâtre de Nîmes in France, Alain Buffard’s Baron Samedi is named after a Haitian “Vaudou” spirit. A tutelary figure for the work, Baron Samedi invokes ghosts, extracts the perfect dancing body and is a symbol of visibility in life and invisibility in death. Buffard continues his longstanding connection with...
Parallels: The End (2012)

Parallels: The End (2012)

March 30 ,2012
Danspace Project
Parallels: The End
Solo conceived and performed by David Thomson

Ralph Lemon curated this closing event inviting twelve performers into a marathon event.
Velvet (2012)

Velvet (2012)

February 3, 2012
Roulette

a collaboration/introduction....including mayhem, desire, thoughts and consequences
One-Shot #2 (2010)

One-Shot #2 (2010)

One-Shot is a video relay One-Shot is a solo performance relay for the internet curated by Sarah Maxfield and produced in collaboration with the Gibney Dance Center.
Considering an Exhibition (2009)

Considering an Exhibition (2009)

A photographer wrestles with his conscience in his small attic studio at night. In a crisis of faith, he keeps returning to his stark black-and-white images for proof that what he does matters. After a bath, image and reality merge into a new beginning. By Marta Renzi, with David Hamilton Thomson, camera Jake Goldwasser, photos...
Bear Lake (2007)

Bear Lake (2007)

  After my father passed away a friend, Warren Muller, invited me to stay with him in the Poconos to heal and breathe.  He introduced me to James Brown, who ran a store out there.  He closed the shop early and took us to Bear Lake for a swim.  This is a document of a...
51st (dream) state: The Aftermath (2006)

51st (dream) state: The Aftermath (2006)

from Sekou Sundiata's 51st (dream) state (2006) 51st (dream) State is nationally acclaimed poet Sekou Sundiata’s contemplation of America’s national identity, power in the world and guiding mythologies. The work, which Sundiata imagined as his poetic and personal “State of the American Soul Address,” explores how America defines itself in a new era characterized by unprecedented...
Hotel Civilization (2006)

Hotel Civilization (2006)

51st (dream) State is nationally acclaimed poet Sekou Sundiata’s contemplation of America’s national identity, power in the world and guiding mythologies.