Artist 2.0 Podcast – Episode 005 – This week I’m talking to Asha Thomas about her journey as a dancer, from getting into the famous Juilliard performing arts school in New York City to joining the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance company. And now stating her journey as a solo artist and producing her own dance pieces and choreography.
Asha Thomas was lucky enough to find her passion and talent in life very early. Dancing for as long as she can remember, going to a performing arts high school, getting into Juilliard and working for the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance company. Her career has been full of high performace and working with top dancers and choreograpohers, now as a freelance dancer we speak about how she keeps herself motivated and meetings the same high standards outside of these prestigious institutions and starting her own dance company in Paris.
Asha Thomas recommends…
Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch
— Artist Bio
ASHA THOMAS (Atlanta, Georgia, United States) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in 1999 under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and, upon graduating, became a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she was a principal dancer for eight years. In 2007, Asha relocated to France to work as a freelance artist with several dance companies:
Compagnie Moral Soul (Armorythmes), Compagnie Salia nï Seydou (Poussières de Sang) , Raphaëlle Delaunay (Bitter Sugar/ EIKON/ Ginger Jive), Richard Siegal /The Bakery (Glossopoeïa), Prue Lang (Timeproject), Philippe Ménard (Air), and Boris Charmatz (Flipbook/ 20 Dancers for the 20th Century installation. In 2015, choreographer Philippe Ménard created a solo for her entitled Héroïne which is currently being performed around France. She is also currently working with choreographer Olivia Granville for a new piece, Combat de Carnaval et Carême, which premieres in France in January 2016.
In addition to her work as a dancer for other companies, Asha develops and produces her own choreographic work through her company, Compagnie Ima, which she created in 2010. That year she choreographed Mi Peñita Negra, a flamenco-inspired solo, which has been performed in Germany, Morocco, and France. In 2014, she created a duet, Ghazals, performed with dancer David Gaulein-Stef, which is inspired by the Persian poetry of Hafiz . Her latest project, Clay, which is in progress for 2015-16 is a collaboration with flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves. Asha also works with the Africa Regional Services (ARS) department of the US Embassy in France that sends American artists to countries within Africa to perform, give workshops, and do other cultural outreach.
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