Rachel Thorne Germond is a Brooklyn based performer, dancer, teacher, choreographer, and visual artist. Originally from Rhode Island, Rachel achieved dual degrees from Cornell University - a B.A. in Comparative Literature and a B.F.A from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning- where she also studied Cunningham Technique, Improvisation with Joyce Morgenroth, and Jazz Dance with Nancy Gaspar. From 1986-1998 she was based in New York City and danced, choreographed and presented her work at venues such as Dixon Place, The Joyce Soho, The Merce Cunningham Studio, Movement Research, St. Mark's Danspace, New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix, the 92nd St Y and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange amongst others. Her dance training includes intensive study of Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler and with such notable teachers as Mary Anthony, Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham, Pedro Alejandro, Tere O’Connor, and Nancy Topf. From 1998-2000, she received a fellowship and M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (UIUC) and afterwards was active in the Chicago dance community for ten years, founding her Chicago-based dance company, RTG Dance in 2004. From 2010-2014 she taught dance technique and dance appreciation classes in Norfolk, VA at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University. Since returning to New York in 2014, she has performed with Alice Klugherz and Karen Bernard, works as an administrator for The Joyce Theater's School and Family Programs and Jane Goldberg's Changing Times Tap Dance Co., and continues to create and present work via Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage, represented by Pentacle's Gallery. Her multidisciplinary performances incorporate dance, video, and photography.
Rachel Thorne Germond Artistic Statement
In its commitment to bringing an original and contemporary vision to the public and to building appreciation for live performance, Rachel Thorne Germond: Performance Collage is dedicated to high standards of aesthetic innovation. It is our goal to convey through movement, text, and multi-media elements, a world-on-stage that is not dissimilar to everyday life, but which addresses aspects of fantasy, imagination, and memory within the context of the contemporary culture.