THISTLE's work lives at the intersection of theater & concert dance, aiming to explore the peculiar. Our creations are based off of exploring a known situation through a unique lens. The fundamental belief of the company is that there are no absolute truths - there are only situations and the lens through which they are viewed; Art is therefore (and always should be) accessible to all.

THISTLE has presented work all over the country and recently won Best Dance at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. with their original show, Gilded. Gilded is set for an Off Broadway Workshop this year.


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Everyone knows of Helen of Troy - the woman whose beauty started the Trojan War. But history gives us no information on how “the face that launched a thousand ships” felt about doing so. The retelling of this dark fairytale gives Helen the agency she deserves, exploring the conflation of duty and desire.

GILDED premiered at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. where it won Best Dance. To learn more about the past production, click below


n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

LACHESISM premiered at Dixon Place in May 2016 


Based on the Grimm Fairytale of Little Red Riding hood, RED explores the truth about what happened on the way to grandmother's house...

RED is premiering its first excerpt at Martha Graham in Feb 2019, couresy of the comission by Dance Innovations Performance Foundation


Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER explores one women's struggle to find solace in sanity. 

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER premiered at Dixon Place in October 2018