Colleen Thomas : Light and Desire


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Light and Desire


*Please note that this event have been canceled: As the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation has evolved in NYC, New York Live Arts has decided to postpone “light and desire” by Colleen Thomas to a later date.

Going nowhere.
Perception is 2/3rds of the law.
This piece is about women artists during fascist times.
Going backwards.
Smile. Stupid.
Simple. Whore. Sexy. Prude.
The art of manipulation.
Transition. Change.

light and desire calls upon family history, social politics, and personal experience to tell and uplift the narratives of women who have resisted oppression by creating their own forms of radical expression. The central question it addresses is how women hold, embody, and express power. Conceived, directed, and performed by Colleen Thomas, light and desire also features artist and filmmaker Carla Forte (Venezuela); dancer-choreographer Ildikó Tóth (Hungary / Germany); dance curator, critic, and choreographer Joanna Leśnierowska (Poland); filmmaker, dancer, and choreographer Ermira Goro (Albania / Greece); and teacher, dancer, and filmmaker Rosalynde LeBlanc (US). The piece is an homage to Women’s History Month and a celebration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“The dancer’s individual experience of war, immigration, racism, and sexism are at the core of this work. I have known all of my international collaborators and worked with these women for years. Their strength lies in the extraordinary, poetic vulnerability and compassion they convey to the audience,”  says Colleen Thomas. “I began creating light and desire with a lot of anger and concern over the misogyny I saw in our country in 2016. Sharing through dialogue and movement with women from other countries has been and remains a cathartic adventure,” she further explains.

There will be a Stay Late Conversation on March 26th after the performance with special guest Deborah Jowitt.

Deborah Jowitt wrote dance reviews for the Village Voice from 1967 to 2011 and currently does so at She has published two collections, Dance Beat (1977) and The Dance in Mind (1985), as well as Time and the Dancing Image (1988) and Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance (2004). Her current project is a critical biography of Martha Graham. She taught at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for about 40 years.

Collaborators & Cast
Colleen Thomas, director, performer
Ermira Goro, performer
Joanna Lesnierowska, performer
Ildiko Toth, performer
Rosalynde Le Blanc, performer
Carla Forte, film director, performer
Alexey Taran DP for film
Stacey- Jo Marine , lighting design
Rebecca Makus, mask design
Robert Boston, musician/composer featuring Jo Morris, voice

light and desire is supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

About the Artist:
Colleen Thomas