In Rachel Thorne Germond's work "the
body speaks of itself as a political battleground.
In these highly ironic works, questions of freedom,
control, sexuality, and identity are played out...Sometimes
indulging in arresting non sequiturs, her work has
a madness about it that is just about right for our
- Dierdre Kelley, The Globe and Mail
Chicago's only true dance postmodernist"
Chremos, Time Out Chicago
"It's about transformation. I
get to explore moving in ways I would never move,
what it means to move like a guy, or, in the case
of Marilyn Monroe, like an extreme female."
-Rachel Thorne Germond (interview with Thomas Connors,
Time Out Chicago
the solo Splendor Twice: Gender Splendor)
evaluates her own choreographic voice in terms of
an 'element of tension and release' that animates
her performances. The goal is not just 'beautiful
movement', but the tangible and powerful presentation
of a message."
-Jenaeth Higgins, Citylink
emerging choreographer "definitely worth a look"
Gia Kourlas, Time Out/New York Magazine
to "keep an eye out for"
- Frances Mason, Ballet Review
Dancing, Sharp Satire, ...Smart Choreography"
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"an original voice"
-Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
"Rachel Thorne Germond is a choreographer
of distance and possibility, of accidental meanings
that ring true... Germond encourages us to search for
- Linda Duke, Krannert Museum of Art
"Germond's Rejoinder sings a sweet
tune of separation, sex and innocent love as she and
Kristina Fluty caressingly plunge and aggressively soar
throughout the space in crisp, clean movements that
abound with energy and grace. A cameo performance by
Andrew Janetti as a "sawman" contributes literal
meaning to the dance; he saws a block of wood to represent
a severed relationship. It is a refreshing display of
emotional transparency." Read
- Jessica Weiss, The Brooklyn Rail
"Germond's 10 Marilyns closed out the
program and brought down the house. The piece reveals
Marilyn Monroe as both icon and human being ...a poignant
reminder that we all have a bit of Marilyn in us."
- Kathleen Duffy