Joshua Thomson has worked professionally as a dance, aerial and physical theatre performer, collaborator and devisor in Australia and abroad for more than a decade. Throughout this period, Thomson has worked with companies such as Tasdance, DanceNorth, Perth Theatre Company, The Farm, PVC – Physical Virus Collective (Germany), Legs On The Wall, Stalker Stilt Theatre, Shaun Parker & Company and Marrugeku.
For the past six years, Thomson has been refining his voice as a maker of works that intersect dance, aerial and physical theatre. His self-devised and collaborative projects question preconceived ideas about the human condition by testing the physical limitations of the body in vast environments, creating and presenting works like Tide, a non-stop 48-hour performance in tidal waters. Thomson’s works have been presented in established festivals, in theatres, site-specific, roaving and durational presentations and for big corporate events.
Thomson is a core member of The Farm alongside Gavin Webber and other experienced Australian creatives. In 2016, The Farm’s work Cockfight, co-created and performed by Thomson and Webber, was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Ballet or Dance Work. Cockfight will tour Australia and England in 2017.
Thomson’s unique skill-set has led him to an engagement with Legs on the Wall as a Co-Director of their next large scale outdoor production Highly Sprung which has secured a presentation in 2017.
Thomson is also a respected teacher and workshop facilitator which has led him to teaching engagements with major companies, as well as a tutor for various tertiary dance institutions, particularly NAISDA where he is a regular teacher and mentor.