Brooklyn Art Guy Fashion Guy Dance Guy, Thomas Gibbons gives us the answers we need to hear.
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I love your website ( www.thomas-gibbons.com) and your name reminds me of the famous Gibson guitar. Do you play guitar?
Thanks! And no I don't, but my dad and sister do a little bit. I love the guitar.
Do you believe in destiny?
In the sense that everything happens for a reason, yes.
Are you in love?
Not at the moment, but I recently had my heart broken.
Looking at your creative work, the films of Guy Maddin came to my mind.
Anyone you like in particular in cinema today?
Recently, I discovered Marlon Riggs’ “Tongues Untied” from 1989, which everyone should see. I also love Todd Solondz, Leos Carax (“Holy Motors” remains one of my favorites), Charlie Kaufman and the film that Charles Atlas made with Lady Bunny.
Any brother or sister?
I have one sister named Katie. She’s my other half.
When were your born?
November 28th...I’m a Sagittarius.
Belgium is known for having an excellent dancing culture (but probably not scene). Would you agree?
Absolutely. I'm not sure how you define "scene", but I know a lot of good things happen in Belgium.
Could you live anywhere else in the world but in Brooklyn?
Believe it or not, I really love Los Angeles. A lot of my friends from New York have moved out there and it has a burgeoning dance/art scene that I'm interested in exploring. Also, the blue skies and proximity to nature make me happy...and palm trees!
Do you prefer green circles or blue squares?
Tough one. I’ll go with green circles.
In math, do you prefer to add or multiply?
If Mary Poppins was a fruit, what would she be?
An apple. Although I see her more as a stick of gum.
Do you believe in life after death?
I don’t (as much as I'd like to).
How much do you love or hate the US?
That’s a complicated question. I love the US by the token that it’s my home, but I don’t have a Nationalist spirit. Also, I hold deep issues with our foreign policy, agricultural practices and gun-control laws, but, politics aside, it is a fascinating place geographically and culturally.
Have you kissed someone today?
When were you last time in Europe?
You dance, model, do you sing as well?
I try not to! I’ve always been embarrassed by my singing voice, but I’m getting less self-conscious about it as I get older.
Who dances to your taste today?
Most recently, I've liked dances by Andy Degroat/ Cat Galasso, Ryan McNamara, Anne Imhof, Jillian Pena and FlucT.
Are you into musicals?
I loved musicals as a child and they’ve certainly informed who I am in many ways. After college I danced with a touring company of “A Chorus Line”, which remains my favorite musical along with some other classics. Stylistically, I don’t like contemporary musical theater, but of course there are some exceptions. Over the years my taste has evolved away from commercial theater and narrative in general, but my current work, in some ways, comments on this kind of artifice.
Does Barbra Streisand mean something to you?
Definitively. Many people only know Barbara as an entertainer, but she is also an incredibly singular aesthete. I own her book, “My Passion For Design”, which chronicles the design and construction of her New England style Malibu cottage. There are pictures of every tiny detail from handmade valances, to a functioning watermill to a subterranean Victorian shopping mall complete with a doll shop. I think Barbara Streisand is a freak of nature and I love it. She is one of those few people, in my eyes, who gets away with being so ridiculous just by the virtue that she is undeniably herself.
How would you describe your body?
Do you ski?
As a kid. Not anymore.
Do you surf?
Who would you be if you were a woman?
Myself, but as a woman.
Do you like the works of Maurice Béjart?
Sure. He’s not my go-to choreographer, but his movements are architectural and sensual. I like this combination.
Stravinsky or Rihanna?
Are you haunted by a memory in particular?
Seeing my late uncle, John Gibbons lying on my grandparent’s sofa in 1993 several months before he died of AIDS. Bald, emaciated and smiling ear to ear.
Did you have a happy childhood or is that irrelevant to who you are?
It was more complicated than just being happy or sad and it’s definitely relevant to who I am.
How much rest do you need?
8 solid hours. Every night.
What was your last creation and what will be the next thing you do?
I shared an excerpt from a larger work I am making called "Every Man's Home (Is HIs WIfe's Castle)" at Brooklyn Studios for Dance. It unpacks questions about the transactions of queerness, daily performances of vanity/domesticity and the inner-monologue of The Gaze. Really though, I just hump a bunch of tennis racquets and lick electrical outlets...If you're in NYC, I'll be performing more of this work in HOT! Festival at Dixon Place on July 7th. Come come!
Do you want to add something to these existential questions and answers (!)?
No thank you.