photo by Robbie Bryant

photo by Robbie Bryant

about monica

Monica is an interdisciplinary maker: a filmmaker and choreographer.  Her film works have appeared in film festivals nationally and internationally, showing in: Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Speechless Film Festival, ScreenDance Festival Stockholm, Dance Camera West in LA, Aesthetica Short Film Festival in the UK, Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Brussels Independent Film Festival, et al. Recently, her music video “The Wayward Wind” co-directed with Steve Delahoyde was a Vimeo Staff Pick, and her film Bound was featured on NOWNESS.com.

She is a co-producer of Mana Contemporary’s Body + Camera Film Festival with Chicago Dancemakers Forum. In 2017 she was a resident artist at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for their Performance Lab program where she created site-specific dance films. She received Mordine & Company's Choreographic Mentorship in 2013. In 2010, she was a High Concept Laboratories Sponsored Artist. She danced as a company member with dance companies Winifred Haun and Dancers, Mordine & Company, and Striding Lion Performance Group. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in dance.


artist statement

I am an interdisciplinary artist exploring the performing body and video. I engage with the area between these forms, experimenting with space and time.

 

I contrast pedestrian gestures with expansive movement exploring the weighted body. I choreograph both the movement of the performers and the movement of the camera, experimenting with filmmaking conventions to heighten the aims of each work.

 

My ultimate objective is to create striking, evocative imagery with layered meanings. Each work is a semiotic experiment with symbolic variables of body & movement, light & space. I strive to make works that are potent and affecting, posing multiple questions rather than providing a single answer.



E-mail me at monica.alicia.thomas@gmail.com or use the form below.

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