New Works and Collaborations 2016-2018
Within the past few years, I have collaborated with several artists- musicians, composers, poets, animators, and performance artists. These are rich opportunities and are grounded in the mission and vision of VTDance/Vincent E. Thomas. These collaborative efforts continue to feed and broaden the range of artistic work. Here is a sampling of projects over the past few years that continue to develop.
What's Going On (The Marvin Gaye Project)
Vincent E. Thomas looks through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s transcendent music and finds a reflection of the world today. Taking inspiration from 1971’s inimitable What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye’s insights into life, love and social justice are given fresh perspectives with new choreography by Vincent E. Thomas (Artistic Director), and co-choreographers Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah. This evening-length work features Modern, Jazz and West African dance. What’s Going On seeks to provoke thoughtfulness and spark conversations to ignite change in each community it touches. The work premiered at Dance Place in Washington, DC in November 2016 and is currently touring the states. The work has been performed in Virginia, South Carolina, Montana, Ohio, Delaware with SOLD OUT shows in most venues.
‘a beautifully realized dance production’ ‘comfort… was abundantly on offer in this show, as well as defiance and a gloom-lifting spiritual boost’ ‘a soaring vision of collective harmony’ ‘a sweeping, circular finale… offered the sweetest solace possible: people coming together’
F.E.A.R. - scherzo #2
F.E.A.R. is a work-in-progress and an international collaboration between the dance artists Annika B. Lewis – based in Copenhagen/Denmark and Vincent E. Thomas – based in Baltimore/U.S.
The performance explores the political, social, cultural, economic, emotional, physical, medical, healing and even comical aspects of fear, and the similarities and differences of the embedded nature of fear in Denmark and the United States.
This multi-year collaboration was initiated in 2015 with support from The DIVA program/ The Danish Arts Foundation, Kassandra Production and DanseHallerne in Copenhagen. The work premiered in Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2016 at DanseHallerne and in the Baltimore, MD in February 2016 at Baltimore Theatre Project. Given the social climate in our global society, the artists are planning upcoming tour dates.
This project was a re-imagining of the award winning solo "Prelude/Frustration". This collaboration was with Elizabeth Richter (harpist) from Ball State in Muncie, Indiana and Andre Gaskins from Indianapolis Symphony in Indianapolis, Indiana (cellist). The work premiered for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University. I continue to revision the solo with a range of musical artists and instrumentations.