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HUNTER COLLEGE DANCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS AN MFA THESIS WORK

Queering Blackness: Solo on a Theme of Reconciliation

Choreographed and performed by Thomas Ford

Directed by Steven Atwater 

Projection design by Thomas Ford

Sound design by Thomas Ford

Text by Thomas Ford

Lighting by Angela Lianzo

Additional technical support by Portia Wells

Music: "My Dog's Tail Is Longer Than Yours" by The London Experimental Jazz Quartet, "Postlude" by Freddie Hubbard, "My Way" by Frank Sinatra

 

Department Mission Statement 

Hunter Dance is a radically diverse community cultivating an expansive dance education driven by persistent inquiry, to elevate dance as a vehicle for positive change in the world.

 

Dance Department Faculty

Paul Dennis, Professor, Chair of Dance Department

David Capps, Associate Professor

Maura Donohue, MFA Director and Associate Professor

Ana Nery Fragoso, AGDEP Director and Assistant Professor

Lori Brungard, Adjunct Lecturer

Alberto "Tito" Del Saz, Adjunct Lecturer

Thomas Ford, Adjunct Lecturer

Catherine Galant, Adjunct Lecturer

Catherine Green-Anthony, Adjunct Lecturer

Zakiya Harris, Adjunct Lecturer

Eve Jacobs, Adjunct Lecturer

Darvejon Jones, Adjunct Lecturer

Mai Lê Hô, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Austin Marquez, Adjunct Lecturer

Jessica Nicoll, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nicole Pearce, Adjunct Lecturer

Muriel Peterson, Adjunct Lecturer

Maiya Redding, Adjunct Lecturer

Pedro Ruiz, Adjunct Lecturer

Randi Sloan, Adjunct Lecturer

Eleanor Smith, Adjunct Lecturer

Susan Thomasson, Adjunct Lecturer

Cory Villegas, Adjunct Lecturer

Blakeley White-McGuire, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Staff

Angela Lianzo, Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Christina Cetoute, Administrative Coordinator

Ashlyn Williams, Administrative Assistant

Rachel Repinz, Assistant to AGDEP Director

Portia Wells, Technical Coordinator

University and College Leadership 

President Jennifer J. Raab

Dean Andrew Polsky

 

Special thanks to the Hunter College Dance Department faculty, staff, Hunter College’s Office of Facilities Management and Planning, the Performing Arts Office, and the hardworking production crew of this show. 

Thomas Ford (he/him)

Thomas Ford is a New York City-based dance artist and writer. He is the founding director of companyONE, a pre-professional training program—where students have been accepted to BFA dance programs at Fordham/Ailey, Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, SUNY/Purchase and PACE University, and summer programs at American Ballet Theatre and the Rock School—and year-round faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School (NY). His choreographic work has appeared at venues like the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space and the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and most recently been presented at Next@Graham, the Peridance APEX Showcase, the Capezio A.C.E. Awards and the STEPS Performance Lab. His writing has appeared in ELLE, Dance Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, The Dance Enthusiast and CultureBot.

 

Thomas is an adjunct professor of dance and dance theory at Marymount Manhattan College and Hunter College/CUNY. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA/YoungArts) recognized him as a Presidential Scholar, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Dance Education (JoDE).

His performance credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” The Radio One Music Awards, Debbie Allen’s “Dreams,” PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” Laurie Ann Gibson’s “Addictive” music video and performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has toured with Mike Minery’s “Tapaholics” and the renowned D.C.-based troupe, Tappers With Attitude. 

Thomas holds a BA in journalism from Marymount Manhattan College and a forthcoming MFA in dance (2023) from Hunter College/CUNY.

Land Acknowledgment

I acknowledge that Hunter College/CUNY is situated upon the ancestral homeland and territory of the Munsee Lenape. I acknowledge the histories of dispossession that have allowed Hunter College to grow and thrive on this vibrant terrain. I endeavor to build in ways that lead toward justice, and am committed to working to dismantle the ongoing consequences of settler colonialism and to restore the whole people to the full enjoyment of their rights and heritage.

THANK YOU

My infinite love to my beloved family. To my devoted husband and artistic partner, Steven: I love you. To my inner circle / cohort / co-conspirators—Eleanor Smith, Darvejon Jones and Eto'o Tsana—I am with you, always. My deepest gratitude to the MFA director (and my forever sensei), maura nguyễn donohue. Thank you, Tito del Saz, for your ongoing care. Thank you, Paul Dennis and the Hunter College Dance students, faculty and staff, for your support.

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