Born in Oxford in 1981, Thomasin is a freelance dance artist based in London.
Completing his training at Swindon Dance and Rambert School, Thomasin joined Rambert Dance Company in 2003 where he created roles and performed works by many acclaimed choreographers, touring nationally and internationally with the company until 2011.
As a freelancer, he performed extensively with Russell Maliphant Dance Company (2012 - 2016) and with Company Chameleon (2012 - 2020).
Thomasin has collaborated on projects with a diverse range of artists and companies across dance, theatre, film and poetry including Joe Wright, National Theatre, Young Vic, Candoco Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alice Oswald, Royal Ballet, Merce Cunningham Trust, Akram Khan, and Mad Dogs Dance Theatre. His choreographic work, in collaboration with dance artist Estela Merlos, has been commissioned by Wilton’s Music Hall, DanceWest, Swindon Dance, and Pavilion Dance South West. He has facilitated dance and movement classes in schools, professional dance companies and community settings.
Thomasin explores meditative practices, dance improvisation and martial arts in outdoor spaces. He is curious about the emergence of potential in participation with the elements of nature.
"In 2017, during a period of retreat, I began spending lots of time in stillness and movement with a view to dismantling habits and frameworks which no longer seemed relevant. This practice took root in nature, through a new found love for dance improvisation, meditative practices and internal martial arts. It was a means of finding more freedom, enjoyment and maturity. I found that the less I imposed, the more natural my responses felt.
My interest in movement improvisation and wellbeing stems from challenging my own notions around control and anxiety. It seems that part of the essence of a disciplined practice is not to hold on too tightly and to allow simplicity and love to create space for our motivating forces.
From six years old, I trained in Judo and Karate. However, realising the extent of training dance demanded I had to leave martial arts behind. I had always wanted to return to these disciplines but from a different perspective and eventually found the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Beautiful, cunning and addictive, the game implanted itself into my DNA as a mover.
I continued a longing for Eastern martial arts and later began studies in Qigong and Chinese internal martial arts. I wanted to find ways of inhabiting a more genuine way of moving and being creative. These practices have been restorative; teaching me to release unnecessary effort, render acutely structures in the body, and experience richer clarity of presence.
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event - for Merce Cunningham at Barbican Theatre (2019) and Oriente Occidente Festival (2020)
JULIE - Carrie Cracknell, Ann Yee at National Theatre (2018)
Unspoken Spoken - Candoco Dance Company and Fin Walker (2018)
Les Enfants Terribles - The Royal Ballet, Javier De Frutos at Barbican Theatre (2017)
Macbeth - Carrie Cracknell, Lucy Guerin at Young Vic (2015)
Dogs Land - Mad Dogs Dance Theatre (2013)
Abide With Me - Akram Khan for The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
Magical Night - Aletta Collins at Lindbury Studio Theatre (2011)
Anna Karenina - Joe Wright, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (2011)
Rambert (2003 - 2011)
Russell Maliphant Company (2012 - 2016)
Company Chameleon (2012 - 2020)
Blind Spots commissioned by Swindon Dance and supported by Arts Council England (2018)
Nono commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West (2017)
Appointed Swindon Dance Associate Artists in 2017
bedum bedum commissioned by DanceWest for Ignition Dance Festival (2016)
The Reservoir commissioned by Wilton's Music Hall for Wilton's Strike! (2016)
Photography Rocio Chacon