Colleen Thomas

Light and Desire

New York Live Arts Studios
Sept 15-18 @ 7:30pm
Tickets start at $15/$25
The season’s opening performance activates Live Arts’ expansive 3rd floor studio with a Live Feed commission and world premiere. Colleen Thomas’s Light and Desire was created against the backdrop of increasing political radicalism worldwide preceding a global pandemic. Now transformed, Thomas with an international feminist cast of 5 collaborators meet audiences with shifted priorities and deep embodiment and articulation of their light and desire. The collective takes a personal and universal look at women artists and asks how women hold, embody and express power by creating their own form of radical expression during fascist times.


Carla Forte (Venezuela)
Ermira Goro (Albania/Greece)
Rosalynde LeBlanc (North America)
Joanna Leśnierowska (Poland)
Ildiko Toth (Hungary/Germany)

with Eleanor Altholz, Nadia Halim, Garnet Henderson, Emily Giovine, Falls Kennedy, Morgen Littlejohn, Sadi Mosko, Nicole Rondeau, Carolyn Silverman, Kennedy Thomas, and Madeleine Wood.

Sept 17 Stay Late Conversation w/ Rosane Chamecki.

Rosane Chamecki is one part of chameckilerner, a collaboration with Andrea Lerner. Their body of work includes dance performances, video, and installation pieces. chameckilerner is the recipient of fellowships and grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYFA Fellowship, NYSCA, NEFA, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund, among others. Their work has been presented in the US by The Kitchen, DTW, The Joyce Theater, PS 122, Central Park SummerStage, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Mass MoCA, Diverseworks, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, among others; and toured extensively in South America and Europe. Their video and installations work was featured at The Contemporary Art Festival Sesc-VideoBrasil, Museum Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil, MOCA Tucson, Boca Raton Museum of the Arts in Florida, Wexner Center for The Arts in Ohio, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthal KAdE, Netherland, INVISIBLE DOG, and PIEROGI GALLERY in NY, to name a few. chameckilerner was a resident at Watermill Center, at EMPAC, the YADDO Foundation, the ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG Foundation, and Gibney DIP Residency Artist. Most recently, they became a recipient of the 2021 Fellowship at The Bogliasco Foundation. Other 2021 highlights include chameckilerner as part of the group show “SWEAT” at Haus Der Kunst in Munich, and a part of the Every Woman Biennial MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE NFT exhibition.

The Live Feed Residency program is supported in part by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Partners for New Performance. This piece is made possible by the generous support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and Barnard College’s Presidential Award.