Born in Oxford in 1981, Thomasin is a freelance dance artist based in London, UK.
After completing his training at Swindon Dance and Rambert School, Thomasin joined Rambert in 2003 where he created roles and performed works by internationally acclaimed choreographers, touring nationally and internationally with the company until 2011.
He performed extensively with Russell Maliphant Dance Company (2012 - 2016) and Company Chameleon (2012 - 2020) and has collaborated on projects with a diverse range of artists and companies across dance, opera, theatre and film including Akram Khan, National Theatre, Young Vic, Candoco Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Joe Wright, National Theatre, Alice Oswald, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Merce Cunningham Trust, 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.
Thomasin explores meditative practices, dance improvisation and martial arts in outdoor spaces. He is curious about movement in participation with Nature and is currently a student of Classical Five Element Acupuncture.
"In 2017, during a period of retreat, I began spending lots of time in stillness and movement with a view to dismantling habits and mindsets which no longer seemed relevant. This practice took root in nature through a new found love for dance improvisation, meditation 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 my own experiences around control and anxiety. I feel that part of the essence of a disciplined practice is not to hold on too tightly and to find depth through simplicity.
My training in martial arts started at primary school with judo and Karate which continued until making the choice to train as a dancer. I had always wanted to return to these disciplines but from a different perspective and eventually discovered the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Beautiful, cunning and addictive, Capoeira implanted itself into my DNA as a mover.
I continued to be curious about Eastern arts and later began studies in Qigong and Chinese internal martial arts. I became fascinated with how movement was informed by the concepts and philosophy of these practices. It has felt restorative; teaching me to release unnecessary effort, render subtler structures in the body, and gain a 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