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Inspired by the James Baldwin essay "The Artist's Struggle", the evening length work Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement brings to physical life the words of selected poets, past and present. The central question focuses on 'what is the role of art in your life/your community?"This poignant evening of art engages the audience in an interactive experience, being part of the creative process by writing a haiku to express the impact of art on their lives.

Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (section 1)

Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement, section 1 Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman and Michelle Antoinette Nelson Music: George Gershwin Vocals: Adia Evans Scenic Prop: Single Carrot Theater Text: Maya Angelou, Joyce Kilmer

Vincent in "Render & Proceed"

Press review from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland 2014- BroadwayBaby): A thrilling double: your chance to see dancers from Scottish Ballet on the Fringe and an exclusive cut of a brilliant dance piece by Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance. Vincent E Thomas/VTDance contemplates acts of humanity in the deeply moving, multi-layered work, iWitness. This solo explores simple and implied truths in human behaviour, investigates the convolution of media on the human spirit and considers a hopeful tomorrow. Photo credit: Maria Falconer

"In the Company of Men..."- Finale

This is the finale of the concert "In the Company of Men...". After a rich program of male dance and photographic art, I wanted to bring all the men into the space at the same time. Powerful! I created an improvisational structure with individual expressions of masculinity. This structure followed my ending solo "Seeds". Music created and performed by Shodekeh (beatboxer).

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About Vincent

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA),... more

"iWitness" - the Solo Project

About the work:
Vincent E. Thomas contemplates acts of humanity in a deeply moving, multi-layered solo work. "iWitness" explores simple truths in human behaviors and implied truths in human documents from the Pledge of Allegiance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . "iWitness" studies and challenges the ideals we seek and attempt to follow. The solo includes "Render and Proceed" which investigates the convolution of media and its effect on the human condition and society; and "Come Change" shuffles stories of the past and present for a hopeful tomorrow.

Personal view:
I am deeply interested in creating art that reflects and poses questions about humanity, our values- personally and communally, and our desire to live in a better place/world, while realizing our role/what it may take to exist in that place. Many of these questions surfaced over the many years of making art and heavily informed, shaped, and focused my artistic and life view.
This work, which grew out of a much larger work, is the result of a persistent investigation of these questions. The initial seed of an idea was about questioning my reaction to an interaction with a homeless person. This interaction troubled me to my core. I began peeling back the onion layers and the excavation led me to questions about documents that govern us and how these are instilled from such an early age. If only I had these questions as a child instead of just learning to recite statements that had no deep or clear meaning and real application to my life. Through this journey of creating and performing this solo work (and the group work 'Witness'), I understand the world I live in and the role I have in creating a more human conscious space.

"iWitness" is based from the larger group work "Witness" which was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of 2008 Performing Arts for Everyone and the Millennium Stage.

Press review from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland 2014- BroadwayBaby): A thrilling double: your chance to see dancers from Scottish Ballet on the Fringe and an exclusive cut of a brilliant dance piece by Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance. Vincent E Thomas/VTDance contemplates acts of humanity in the deeply moving, multi-layered work, iWitness. This solo explores simple and implied truths in human behaviour, investigates the convolution of media on the human spirit and considers a hopeful tomorrow. Photo credit: Maria Falconer
  • "iWitness"

    The full performance of "iWitness" at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was quite powerful to perform the work in a community that was going through many questions about their existence as a community and how to proceed with standing as a country. The work provoked many exciting and much needed conversations for the Scots.
  • "iWitness"

    Vincent Thomas Photo credit: Rich Riggins
  • "I Dream..."

    Vincent Thomas Poetry: Langston Hughes Music: Gorecki
  • Vincent in "Render & Proceed"

    Press review from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland 2014- BroadwayBaby): A thrilling double: your chance to see dancers from Scottish Ballet on the Fringe and an exclusive cut of a brilliant dance piece by Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance. Vincent E Thomas/VTDance contemplates acts of humanity in the deeply moving, multi-layered work, iWitness. This solo explores simple and implied truths in human behaviour, investigates the convolution of media on the human spirit and considers a hopeful tomorrow. Photo credit: Maria Falconer
  • "Render & Proceed"

    Performer: Vincent Thomas Music: Gordon Cyr
  • "iWitness"

    Vincent Thomas Photo credit: Rich Riggins
  • "Come Change"

    Performer: Vincent Thomas Music: Daniel Jose Older
  • "Render and Proceed"

    Vincent Thomas Photo credit: John Addis
  • "iWitness"

    Vincent Thomas Photo credit: Rich Riggins

"In the Company of Men..."

About the work:
In the Company of Men...(2016) is an evening of dance art embracing themes of masculinity, life, love, social awareness, and human-ness. With a talented cast of all men, I brought to the stage many perspectives on life through the physical work of the male body. The artistic range of the works is bold and impressive, featuring excerpts from Same Stories, What’s Going On, On the Shoulders of Giants, and other new works.

Personal view:
With this concert (and subsequent concerts in this series), I am interested in showcasing and embracing the range of male-ness in our society, through movement, spoken word, music, and visual art. It was a powerful evening- men of all ages, backgrounds/cultures, physical levels, and expressions, coming together in a common effort. This concert series is connected to my masculinity workshops for 'Fathers, Sons, and Other Guys'. This workshop excavates the term masculinity, in an effort to define, re-define, shatter, and rebuild what this word means to ourselves and in our community. This work is crucial as men constantly find themselves under the radar and challenged in society. Through this effort we understand ourselves more deeply.
Part of the artist journey that informs the many ways of celebrating men and the range of masculinity, I conduct these 'Fathers, Sons, and Other Guys' workshops all over the country and internationally. Workshops have taken place in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Washington, DC, Seattle, WA, Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark, with continued and additional sites in the works.

A participants view:
A special thanks to you, and a Big thank you to everybody for a great experience, very nice to be able to let go in words and physical expression because we all gave room to everyone else to experience a different form of freedom! (Rene Sogaard Hvid- father in Denmark)

Thank you to you Vincent and all of you at the course. I really enjoyed to be with you and to movements and words to thoughts. Love from Henrik. (Henrik Glahder- 9 year old son in Seattle)

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    "Bow" solo (2016) Choreographer/Performer: Vincent E. Thomas Photo credit: David Williams
  • In the Company of Men- "Bow" excerpt from Same Stories- Different Countires

    This solo "Bow" is part of a larger evening length work called "Same Stories-Different Countries". The premise of the work looks at hunting and gathering as a seed and jumping off place. During my research I ran across an article about the Botswana Bushmen seeking help to overturn new laws threatening their tribal culture in and near the Kalahari Desert. These laws would move them from their ancestral land because of their survival practices (hunting and gathering).
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    "In the Company of Men" (2016) Cast: Tarik O'Meally, Vincent E. Thomas, Darnell Williams Photo credit: Andrew Pierre
  • In the Company of Men- "My Funny Valentine" from 'What's Going On'

    "My Funny Valentine" is an excerpt from a much larger evening work titled 'What's Going On', the Marvin Gaye Project. This work looks at life, love, and social justice through the musical lens of Marvin Gaye. After reading a great deal about the life of Marvin Gaye, Jr., I created this emotional and heart-felt solo and trio.
  • In the Company of Men- "Let Us Unite..."

    "Let Us Unite..." is a male ensemble work that grew out of a recent masculinity workshop with my male dancers. this empowering view and statement about men and our role in today's society is supported by the historic speech of Charlie Chaplan from the movie The Greatest Dictator. The words are relevant even still.
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    Prelude from "On the Shoulders of Men" (2016) Estelle Dennis Program for Boys, Peabody Conservatory Photo credit: David Williams
  • In the Company of Men- Excerpt from "On the Shoulders of Giants"

    "On the Shoulder of Giants" is a monumental work choreographed by the legend Mr. Clay Taliaferro (former principal dancer with Jose Limon). Mr. Taliaferro and I worked with the young boys of the Estelle Dennis Boys Dance Division at Peabody for an exciting residency in the fall of 2014. The inspiration for the work are dance legends and icons who have paved a path for men dancing today. After the initial residency, Mr. Taliaferro entrusted me to continue deepening the work with the boys through the completion of the performance timeline.
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    "In the Company of Men..." finale (2016) Cast in full expression Photo credit: David Williams
  • "In the Company of Men..."- Finale

    This is the finale of the concert "In the Company of Men...". After a rich program of male dance and photographic art, I wanted to bring all the men into the space at the same time. Powerful! I created an improvisational structure with individual expressions of masculinity. This structure followed my ending solo "Seeds". Music created and performed by Shodekeh (beatboxer).
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    Cast of "In the Company of Men..." (2016) Photo credit: David Williams

Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement

Inspired by the James Baldwin essay "The Artist's Struggle", this new evening length work brings to physical life the words of selected poets. The central question focuses on 'what is the role of art in your life/your community?" This is a highly engaging evening of dance, poetry, music, song, audience dialogue, and haiku. I am really interested in involving the audience on multiple levels and for them not to be a passive viewer. The audience is warmly embraced throughout the evening and they willingly engage on deeper levels. At the end, they are asked to consider one concrete action they can take to ensure art in their lives and community. About the residency: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center partnering with Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Maryland to offer a new incubator series called NextLOOK for both locally-based and touring artists who want to develop new work with input from the community. Vincent E.Thomas/VTDance was one of the NextLOOK artists in the season’s inaugural series and we are thrilled to have been able to support the development of
Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (January 2015 residency).

Program information

Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman and Michelle Antoinette Nelson Music: George Gershwin, Alec Trumble, Margret Bonds Vocals: Adia Evans Scenic Prop: Joe's Movement Emporium Text: Maya Angelou, Joyce Kilmer, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Michelle Antoinette Nelson The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center partnered with Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Maryland to offer a new incubator series called NextLOOK for both locally-based and touring artists who want to develop new work with input from the community. Vincent E.Thomas/VTDance was one of the NextLOOK artists in the season’s inaugural series and we were thrilled to have been able to support the development of Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement.
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (section 1)

    Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement, section 1 Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman and Michelle Antoinette Nelson Music: George Gershwin Vocals: Adia Evans Scenic Prop: Single Carrot Theater Text: Maya Angelou, Joyce Kilmer
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (Section 2)

    Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Original Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Music: Margret Bonds Vocals: Adia Evans Text: Langston Hughes
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement

    Photo credit: MichelleAntoinette Photography Photo: Vincent E. Thomas, Maria Bauman, Michelle Antoinette Nelson
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (Section 3)

    Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Original Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman and Michelle Antoinette Nelson Text:Michelle Antoinette Nelson
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (Section 4)

    Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Original Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman and Michelle Antoinette Nelson Music: Amazing Grace Vocals: Michelle Antoinette Nelson Text: Audre Lorde
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (Section 5)

    Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Original Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman Music: Alec Trumble Text: James Baldwin
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (Section 6- Haiku)

    With this section of the work, I wanted to bring to life the poetic voices of selected audience members. During the interlude, the audience was engaged in a dialogic process and they ended by writing a haiku based on a early memory of the impact of an artistic event on their life. They were also asked to physicalize an idea from the haiku. Maria and I used an improvisational structure to bring to moving life their haiku incorporating their movement gesture. Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Original Lighting Design: Leigh A.
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    Inspired by the James Baldwin essay "The Artist's Struggle", the evening length work Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement brings to physical life the words of selected poets, past and present. The central question focuses on 'what is the role of art in your life/your community?"This poignant evening of art engages the audience in an interactive experience, being part of the creative process by writing a haiku to express the impact of art on their lives.
  • Rhapsody: A Poetic Movement (Section 7- Ending)

    Choreography & Direction: Vincent E. Thomas Original Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford Collaboration: Maria Bauman and Michelle Antoinette Nelson Music: George Gershwin

"Bow" (a working process)

“Bow” (a working process solo) is part of Same Stories- Different Countries, a multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary project, providing an artistic venue for researchers, artists, and participants to illuminate South Africa and United States historical and contemporary racial issues. The project will premier at the University of Delaware in March 2016.
The solo consist of set choreography and part unknown. I gather personal stories and gestures from the audience and the gestural movement fills in the blank of the unknown physical section. The audience is able to see in real time the inclusion of their voice/stories/movement in the performance.

Personal view:

This solo "Bow" is part of a larger evening length work called "Same Stories-Different Countries". The premise of the work looks at hunting and gathering as a seed and jumping off place. During my research I ran across an article about the Botswana Bushmen seeking help to overturn new laws threatening their tribal culture in and near the Kalahari Desert. These laws would move them from their ancestral land because of their survival practices (hunting and gathering). The Bushmen said: "If you deny us the right to hunt, you are killing us." I was so moved by this impact on a community- a culture. I began to reflect on my past experiences and within the performance process pose questions to the audiences about when in their personal culture and community do they hunt and gather. The solo begins, as research continues- considering definitions, asking questions, 'hunting and gathering' personal stories from the audience, and then folding these findings into the performance. Though seventy-five percent of the solo is defined and choreographed, the other twenty-five percent is gathered from the audience and incorporated on the spot. Each performance is different based on what is gathered. I have found this to be a rich experience for the audience and it gives them insight on the choreographic and research process by including their stories and taking them on the journey.

Project background:
“Same Story” – Different Countries
A multidisciplinary, global engagement production with original music, artwork, poetry and choreography, will reveal similarities and differences between South African Culture and United States Culture. The long-range plan for this and previous projects involves the development of interconnected multidisciplinary performances that includes literature and the arts. We engage audiences who attend and view the production and promote the development of knowledge and skills in students who are involved in the creation of the production and in the follow-up educational activities. As a truly multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary research project, it engages archival historical and literary research, creative writing by scholars and poets, original music created in collaboration with other team members and the creation of performance pieces that incorporate visual artists and the production of media work that circulates in digital and academic spaces. An important goal of this project is to enable researchers, artists, and participants to transform and synthesize knowledge in ways that illuminate the consequences of historical, social and cultural practices of racial discrimination through an artistic lens.

"Shadows"

Vincent E. Thomas presents a most stunning work - "Shadows", exploring essences of masculinity/manhood through shadows of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The work includes a cast of 19 men of various ages in a fusion of dance, theater, music, video/animation, comedy, and dialogue, exposing multiple expressions of truths, myths, and mysteries of masculinity.

Process view:
The development of this evening-length work was the springboard to my masculinity workshops for 'Fathers, Sons, and Other Guys'. Research for the work was through a process I developed called Table Talks, where participants discuss a "hot topic" through verbal dialogue, then is led through a process of physical dialogue. Participants discuss, listen, and speak their personal truths. The rich content is then filtered and shaped into the performance work.

"Fathers, Sons, and Other Guys" workshop:
This workshop excavates the term masculinity, in an effort to define, re-define, shatter, and rebuild what this word means to ourselves and in our community. This work is crucial as men constantly find themselves under the radar and challenged in society. Through this effort we understand ourselves more deeply.

Personal view:
With this concert (and most of my work as a teacher), I am interested in showcasing and embracing the range of male-ness in our society, through movement, spoken word, music, and visual art. It was a powerful evening- men of all ages, backgrounds/cultures, physical levels, and expressions, coming together in a common effort. The development process was over two years, holding workshops/Table Talks, listening to stories of men from various cultures, finding similarities and differences of experience and perspective on masculinity and manhood.
"Shadows" has led to my new performance series "In the Company of Men...", and has expanded my teaching research lens, focusing more on men dancing.

*Note: The full performance of 'Shadows" can be seen in the online video archives for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (Washington, DC). To view, please search on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage site for Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance, June 12th, 2013. I am unable to include the performance link here.

"Occupy"

"Occupy" is a socio-political, daring and provocative work . This evening length work considers notions of how we inhabit or occupy space, what occupies our minds, what occupies our souls, and how these notions move us (a community/society) to make change…to move towards a revolution. This work was an extension of my initial questions for "Witness" and "iWitness".
*This work was supported by the American Dance Institute (ADI) in 2013. I was an Incubator Artist for the first season of the award program.

Personal view:
Daily I ask questions about being in the world, what informs this existence, and how to exist with others in a shared space. Internally I know that the work really starts within. This is a theme of my work, what is it that informs our humanity and what are our actions to live in a more human society.

Collaborator process:
During the research of these questions I had extensive conversations with Cathy L. Draine, a dear friend, poet, and scholar. After many late night discussions with her, she birthed this amazing spoken word piece which was the centerpiece for the work- Occupy:

Take off your shoes You occupy holy ground. Sanctified by infinite heart beats of Sojourners, Pioneers, Natives, Immigrants Who learned to make a Way out of no way, who ground out life Liberty and happiness in cotton fields, Sweat shops and steel mills. Fresh off boats by free will or forced exile They consecrated space Made ghettos and shanty towns, The place where Dreams are born and culture is made. Take off your mask You occupy humbled ground. Worn down by man-made desecration Stumps where justice stood tall, Scarred earth flesh still yielding fruit With no distinction of the beggar and the baron. Equality bound and partially gagged Yet still cries out to be recognized and received By the mentally manipulated masses worshipping Technologically enhanced high definition westernized impotent idols. Take off your illusion You occupy sacred ground. We are the ones We have been hiding from. Buried deep inside each soul A piece of the collective solution An elemental antidote to disillusionment Unbuckle the attachment to apathy Freedom still waits by the riverside Peace flows in the desert Truth still rides in the morning The dawn draws near The dawn draws near Take off your shoes The place you occupy The being that you are The world that is The universe that will be Is still holy ground.

"Grandmother Project Baltimore"

Photographs, ring games, hymns, blankets, recipes, lessons, heirlooms, and fading memories... (Vincent E. Thomas)

This project captures reflections and memories of loved ones through spoken text, movement, music, video and projected images. The creation process for this work is informed through community engagement activities, table talks, interviews, and creative explorations with young and old. I am very interested in people and their stories and how to bring those to life in art. For Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance I want the work to be universal, tangible, and essential. This project is a bedrock for this mission.

Personal view:
Grandmothers are the matriarchs of families. This is proven true by the many interviews and conversations I have had with people all over the world. My grandma (Big Ma) had a profound impact on me and the lessons she instilled surface daily. I questioned why there was not much discussion in my family about Big Ma after her death. Was there something I didn't know about her death? Was I being sheltered or intentionally kept out of knowing things about her? In fact, after persistently asking various aunts and uncles, I realized that it was immense pain that kept them from talking a great deal about her. Over Thanksgiving dinner preparations, as my aunts and uncles were chopping veggies, frying, baking the meal, I began to open the box of questions again. As we were around the table (with many actions to prepare), the magic was unleashed. There was so much vibrant conversation about Big Ma. they were relaxed, open, and talked more freely about her. I thought, there is something about how families talk around the dinner table. So I thought of this idea Table Talk. I grabbed my notebook/journal and began jotting down wonderful stories about my grandmother. My great aunt Helen told my Aunt Pat: "If you don't talk about her, it's like she never lived." The Grandmother Project began...
Over the course of 3 years (and more), I gathered stories from people all over the world about grandmothers. From the US to South Africa, Scotland to France, all stories (good and bad) held grandmothers with the highest esteem and praise.

Project journey:
After the first performance of the project, the stories continued to come. When I moved to Baltimore, I added to the base of the work to create a "Grandmother Project Baltimore". Featured performers were: Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (former principle dancer for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Steven Satta-Fleming (actor and colleague), dancers from the Morton Street Dance Center, Adia Evans (BSA vocalist), and Sharon Chaiklin (Dance Therapist and elder dancer).

Press quote:
"Thomas mined the deeply felt connections of grandmothers and their grandchildren." (Washington Post)

  • "Grandmother Project"

    Vincent Thomas Photo credit: Rich Riggins
  • "Grandma"

    Choreography & Performer: Vincent Thomas Music: Rhythm Sticks
  • "Iko Iko"

    Choreography: Vincent Thomas Performers: Morton Street Dance Center Youth Ensemble
  • "Perished"

    Choreography: Vincent Thomas Performer: Sharon Chaiklin
  • "Gertrude"

    Choreography & Performer: Vincent Thomas Music: Guy Atkins
  • "American Dream"

    Choreography: Vincent Thomas Performer: Steven Satta
  • "Grandma's Hands"

    Choreography: Vincent Thomas Performers: Senior Electricity Singer: Adia Evans
  • "Time Honored"

    Choreography: Vincent Thomas Performer: Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell
  • "Memory Box"

    Choreography & Performer: Vincent Thomas
  • "Grandmother Project"

    Vincent Thomas Photo credit: Rich Riggins

"Witness"

For the work "Witness", the award-winning choreographer contemplates acts of humanity in this deeply moving, multi-layered work, exploring simple truths in human behaviors and implied truths in human documents from the Pledge of Allegiance, Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Ten Commandments. "Witness" considers the ideals we seek and the philosophers and humanitarians we attempt to follow.

Witness was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of 2008 Performing Arts for Everyone and the Millennium Stage.

  • VTDance in "Witness"

    "Witness" John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, DC "There is no doubt that Vincent E. Thomas is an ambitious choreographer."(Washington Post). For his work, "Witness", the award-winning choreographer contemplates acts of humanity in this deeply moving, multi-layered work, exploring simple truths in human behaviors and implied truths in human documents from the Pledge of Allegiance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Witness" studies the ideals we seek and the philosophers and humanitarians we attempt to follow.
  • "Witness"

    VTDance Choreographer: Vincent Thomas Music:Robert Een Theatre Project Baltimore
  • I Pledge...

    Considering documents that govern our lives and inform our humanity, what do you pledge?
  • Cheer!

    P-O-L-I-T-I-C-A-L that is me... This is my pledge- your pledge- our pledge.
  • "Render & Proceed"

    Performer: Vincent Thomas Music: Gordon Cyr
  • America?

    This is who we are- from the self to the greater community...labels define, redefine, and challenge who we really are.
  • Command

    The essence of faith is the ability to be awake and listen...
  • Come Change

    Shuffles stories of the past and present for a hopeful future
  • A Time to Love/Wish

    Hopes realized...
  • VTDance in "Witness"

    Photo credit: Rich Riggins

"One in Five"

"One in Five"

In 2006, I celebrated five years of Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance. ​One in Five" celebrates the art of collaboration. Featured collaborators include: ...Christal Brown (NY), clyde forth (NY), and Diana Tokaji (DC/MD).

Persosnal view:
I love collaboration. I find it to be liberating and a great teacher. When collaborating, both artists (or more) come to the table with known items but look for and explore the unknown. Over the past 14 years of creating art, this is a deep mission for me. When I look at the many works I have created or collaborated on, each one is different but themematically similar. This keeps me from getting bored. I constantly try to find the new way to work and process. I am grateful for the artists I explored and played in the studio.

Awards during the 5 year celebration:
Two 2006 MetroDC Dance Awards, (Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding New Work- Grandmother Project)

Press quote:
"...a bold mover, with movement that recalled modern master Doris Humphrey, and an ability to create old fashioned modern dance technique in a clear and updated version" (Washington Post). "

  • "Day Two"

    Vincent Thomas and Christal Browm Photo credit: Bjorn Iooss
  • "Trust One:Love Two"

    Choreographic collaboration & Performance: Diana Tokaji & Vincent E. Thomas Music: Antonio Carlos Jobin & Shirley Horn *The opening text derives from two different New Yearâ??s messages delivered by Swami Chidvilasanandaa
  • "Grace Ideal"

    Vincent Thomas and Eric Trudel Photo credit: Enoch Chan
  • "Grace Ideal"

    Vincent Thomas and Hunter Carter Photo credit: Enoch Chan
  • "Grace Ideal"

    Choreography: Vincent E. Thomas Text: Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sound Score: Eric Trudel & Vincent E. Thomas Performers: Hunter Carter, Vincent E. Thomas, Eric Trudel
  • Time Shift: "Point of Departure" (excerpt)

    Choreographic collaboration & Performance: clyde forth & Vincent E. Thomas Original Sound Score: Kevin Salem Costumes: clyde forth & Vincent E. Thomas
  • "Day Two"

    Vincent Thomas and Christal Brown Photo credit: Enoch Chan
  • "Day Two..."

    Choreographic collaboration & Performance: Christal Brown & Vincent E. Thomas Music: Paul Rucker
  • "Day Two"

    Vincent Thomas and Christal Brown Photo credit: Enoch Chan
  • "Untitled"

    Performers: Vincent E. Thomas (dance), Wen Mi (clarinet)

An Evening of Artistic Excellence

Magic happens when music, dance and spoken word wraps and engulfs a space. An Evening of Artistic excellence is an annual concert series of Baker Artist Award winners. The first performance venue was the Enoch Pratt Free Library and for the past three years it has been held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Featuring Carl Grubbs (saxophone), Vincent E. Thomas (dance/choreographer), Adam Hopkins (bass), and Rob Levit (guitar), and Eric Allen (drums) from 2009 to the current artists awarded the Baker Award and B Grant winners. The evenings are filled with toe-tapping, thigh slapping, head bopping, engaging and intriguing improvisation of music, spoken word, and dance.

Performance samples:
In 2009 we premiered "Carl's Blues" performed by Carl Grubbs and Vincent E. Thomas, a magical crowd favorite. An updated "Carl's Blues" was performed again in March 2010 at Theatre Project Baltimore. Also is a collaboration between Adam Hopkins and Vincent E. Thomas on "Prelude/Frustration" and "By and By" with Carl Grubbs (sax), Adam Hopkins (bass), Rob Levit (guitar), and Eric Allen (drums).
In subsequent years, I have collaborated with Love the Poet, Shodekeh, and other artists.

  • "Carl's Blues" 2010 (Updated)

    Performers: Vincent E. Thomas & Carl Grubbs This is an updated version of "Carl's Blues" Performance: March 2010 at Baltimore Theatre Project Lighting Design: Rebecca Wolf
  • "Prelude/Frustration" with Bass

    Performers: Vincent E. Thomas (dancer), Adam Hopkins (bassist) This was another exciting collaboration for the evening of jazz and dance.
  • "By and By"

    Performers: Vincent Thomas, Carl Grubbs, Adam Hopkins, Rob Levit, Eric Allen Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • "Carl's Blues" 2009

    Performers: Vincent E. Thomas & Carl Grubbs Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Prelude/Frustration

    Photo credit: Rich Riggins