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Creations

 
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GILDED

Before she was Helen of Troy, she was a woman whose head and heart were waging their own war. The Grecian myth gets a provocative retelling in the bookless, dance-and-music extravaganza GILDED. Described by the Washington Post as "a world of flirtation, ritual and power play", GILDED follows Helen's experience as the powerful, bronze age queen she was and the sensual journey that sealed her into history.

GILDED premiered at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. where it won Best Dance. Most recently, GILDED gave an Industry Presentation Off Broadway at BAM, and is being presented as a short film. 

FTWRK

The internationally acclaimed quarantine dance film about

the feet, the roots, and the way forward. 

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Film

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UNRAVELL'D

Lost in the labyrinth, with hope suspended by a single thread, Ariadne and Theseus desperately seek to find each other.


UNRAVELL'D was created in collaboration with and produced by

Prospect Theater Company 

The ANSWER

An Unrequited Love Letter From A Black Man To America

 

Music Video for INNISENT

Produced by Prospect Theater

Choreographed by Thistle Dance 

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Stage

 
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GILDED

Before she was Helen of Troy, she was a woman whose head and heart were waging their own war. The Grecian myth gets a provocative retelling in the bookless, dance-and-music extravaganza GILDED. Described by the Washington Post as "a world of flirtation, ritual and power play", GILDED follows Helen's experience as the powerful, bronze age queen she was and the sensual journey that sealed her into history.

GILDED premiered at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. where it won Best Dance. Most recently, GILDED gave an Industry Presentation Off Broadway at BAM, and is being presented as a short film. 

Lachesism

n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

LACHESISM premiered at Dixon Place in May 2016 

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Sinderella

A SINGLE LETTER SHIFTS THE WHOLE STORY

Once upon a time, the fairy tales told were darker and didn’t always have happy endings. They reflected lives that were fraught with everyday dangers and the fantastical unknown. Thistle challenges the since-simplified story of good little girl and evil step-mother in Sinderella.

This is a nuanced look at the complexities of non-nuclear family dynamics and examines the lengths to which we will go in order to be a “happy family”.

GRADIENT

Sexuality is a spectrum...finding your place is a process.

GRADIENT follows the protagonist on her excursion through a wonderland of sexuality, gender identity, and expression as she tries to find her place. GRADIENT’s main character is a Bi woman, who is secure in the fact that she has come out but can’t seem to find her place in the community.

 

Through her journey, she navigates the “almost fits” of friend groups and combats the myths, mislabeling, and erasure that come with being Bisexual to find the places and people she loves and that love her back. Ultimately, this piece centers an underrepresented protagonist and addresses the necessary complexities within our communities as we move towards acceptance and celebration.

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GISELLE

This reimagined, all female version of Giselle is a journey through the ever-intangible worlds of love, loss and judgement. 

Reclaiming the stripped powers of the sylph, this production explores the collective pain and power of being female, questioning and dissecting what true healing is all about. 

RED

WE'RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS

 

There are nuances to every relationship,

but whether or not we are privy to those details often depends on who is telling the story. Little Red Riding Hood is revamped in this daring production, questioning the reliability of the narrator who has told us  our most treasured tales. 

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GRIM

HER LOVE LIFE IS DEAD

The visage of the grim reaper is recognizable around the world, and the stories that accompany it are as varied as the people that tell them. Thistle gives “a dance with death” a whole new meaning. 

Obscurelesque

Our immersive burlesque creation, Obscurelesque,  explores the thin line between -philia and phobia. Set in an oddities and obscurities shop of living entities, this production dares our audiences to indulges their most mysterious desires. 

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