Rachel Thorne Germond is a Brooklyn-based performer, dancer, teacher, choreographer, and visual artist. She has been creating dance/performance work since the late 1980’s. She has presented her work in New York at venues such as St. Mark’s Church Danspace, The Cunningham Studio, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, and The Joyce Soho, amongst others. She has taught and presented her choreography throughout the country at Chicago, IL, Norfolk, VA, Bisbee, AZ, Philadelphia, PA, and internationally in Toronto, ON (CA), Santiago, Chile and Peubla, MX. Her modern 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. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning (1986). 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 non-profit dance company, RTG Dance in 2004. While in Chicago, she worked as a researcher/writer for the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Chicago Artists’ Resource Website, and as a teaching artist for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE). From 2010-2014 she taught dance technique and appreciation classes in Norfolk, VA at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University. Upon returning full time to Brooklyn, she has performed with choreographers Alice Klugherz and Karen Bernard, worked as a teaching artist and administrator for The Joyce Theater's School and Family Programs, as well as Jane Goldberg's Changing Times Tap Dance Co., and continues to create and present work via Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage, assisted by Pentacle’s Administrative Support Program. 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.