David Thomson is an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance. He initiated The Sustainability Project as a platform for research to create and expand resources and the discourse surrounding ideas of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment in the performing arts community.
Thomson has worked as a collaborative performer/creator in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance with such artists as Remy Charlip, Bebe Miller (’83-’86; ’03-’06), Trisha Brown (‘87-‘93), David Roussève, Susan Rethorst, Marta Renzi, Ralph Lemon (’99-’10), Sekou Sundiata, Tracie Morris, Meg Stuart, Dean Moss/Layla Ali, Alain Buffard, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Kaneza Schaal, Yanira Castro and Maria Hassabi among many others. He has performed downtown, Off-Broadway and in London with the Drama Desk nominated a capella performance group, Hot Mouth, founded by Grisha Coleman, Jonathan Stone, Viola Sheely and Thomson.
Thomson’s current practice focuses on examining issues of presence and identity through a range of structures that drive the experience of both the performer and those that witness. His work has been presented and supported by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gibney Dance Center, The Invisible Dog, Mt Tremper Arts and The Yard. He is a Bessie award-winning artist for Sustained Achievement (2001), as part of the creative team of Bebe Miller’s Landing/Place (2006) and Outstanding Production for he his own mythical beast (2018). Thomson has been recognized as a USArtist Ford Fellow, as well as receiving fellowships from NYFA, Yaddo, MacDowell and The Rauschenberg Foundation. He is currently a LMCC Extended Life | Lifeline Artist (2018-21). He has served on the faculties of Movement Research, NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Barnard, and Pratt, as well as teaching internationally. He is a 2017-19 QUEER ARTS Mentor.
Thomson has worked as an Arts Administrator and/or Database Consultant for several organizations including NYFA, Merce Cunningham Foundation, Dieu Donné Papermill, National Performance Network, Movement Research and he developed the Archive database for the Trisha Brown Company. An ongoing advocate for dance/performance and the empowerment of artists, he was one of the founding members of Dancer’s Forum and has served on the boards of Bebe Miller/Gotham Dance, Dance Theater Workshop and New York Live Arts. In 2017, he initiated The Sustainability Project in collaboration with Kate Watson Wallace, which serves as a platform for research that seeks to create and expand the discourse surrounding ideas of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment in the performing arts community.
Thomson began dancing at Haverford/Bryn Mawr Colleges and later received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Purchase. He is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2020.