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History has been written by the victors,

but that leaves a lot of the story untold.

 

Now, more than ever before, our audiences and communities are calling out for stories that reflect the nuance and complexities in the world around us.

The cannon is being re-evaluated for biases, and as we

re-examine our facts, why not re-explore our fiction.

 

The mission of this work is to engage in stories that we think we know through overlooked lenses. We want to elevate characters over caricatures and explore the myriad of circumstances that lead to a moment of choice.

 

THISTLE is turning a new page and

we’d love you to join us.

MISSION

blooms

at the intersection

of

theatre &

concert dance

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blooms

at the intersection

of

theatre &

concert dance

Rooted in the creative mind of Kristen Brooks Sandler, this uninhibited company dares our (bedtime) stories to be a little darker. Using movement as a language, Thistle blends the most dynamic elements of traditional theatre and concert dance into productions that are as communicative as they are compelling. Whether revisiting a familiar tale with a fresh point of view or sharing a piece you might have never heard before, you are sure to experience storytelling like never before with Thistle.

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Artistry dwells within
all of us.
Some have cultivated theirs and have easier access to it, but that shows us that a stronger relationship with the art in ourselves is possible for everyone. Thistle creates environments that support this growth, for company members and audience alike. No matter how you come to us, you are part of the creative process.

awakens

the 

artistry

in each

of us 

awakens

the 

artistry

in each

of us 

Conjures

grace from the grotesque 

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Conjures

grace from the grotesque 

Thistle’s ability to contort the traditional moments and movements of dance allows for the creation of something wonderfully strange. Our process actively makes space for individuality. Company members often inform the story, and our audiences are invited to indulge their curiosities with us. The work is visceral, and engaging with it is bewitching.