Nomadic Night

David Thomson & Samita Sinha, "giving water to the places that were lost"

Dance / Voice – In situ creation

Location: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, view access map
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About the event

Co-creation: David Thomson and Samita Sinha.
Dance: David Thomson.
Vocals: Samita Sinha.

An in-situ creation for the Nomadic Nights of the Fondation Cartier, as part of the SECONDARY exhibition by Matthew Barney.

As part of Matthew Barney’s exhibition-event SECONDARY presented at the Fondation Cartier from June 8 to September 8, 2024, the Nomadic Nights invite 4 performers from his latest video installation SECONDARY to each present in-situ creations.

Tonight, choreographer, dancer and performer David Thomson teams with artist and composer Samita Sinha to create giving water to the places that were lost, a vibrational performance that transports the audience into an ongoing continuum.

David Thomson and Samita Sinha met in 2006 through Sekou Sundiata’s powerful work the 51st (dream) state, in which David Thomson was choreographer and Samita Sinha vocalist. Mutual admirers of each other’s work, the two artists seized the opportunity offered by the Nomadic Nights to share their synergistic practices and create a journey of activation and surrender.

In her practice, Sinha unravels Indian vocal traditions through the body and mind to create an open, liberatory language of vibration. David Thomson’s history and works exist amidst the intersections of movement, text, sound, and song, in his practice of revealing self and alterity.

Encompassing shared investigations of states of being and transformation, they find portals to get lost and discover deeper conversations with the soul. giving water to the places that were lost is a practice and choreography of weaving vibrational space drawn in the moment, each performance singular and unrepeatable.


David Thomson is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice centers on the interrogation of presence and absence in the performance of identity. He has worked with Trisha Brown (1987-93), Ralph Lemon, Marina Abramović, Alain Buffard, Yvonne Rainer, Meg Stuart, Maria Hassabi, and Matthew Barney, among many others. Thomson was honored with a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Sustained Achievement (2001), and for Outstanding Production for his first evening-length work, he his own mythical beast (2018).

Artist and composer Samita Sinha creates multidisciplinary performance works that unravel Indian vocal traditions through the body to create a decolonized, multivalent language of voice and vibration. Her works have been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space, Danspace, Rubin Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Museum, Gibney Dance, and Western Front, and presented by The Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, REDCAT, PICA, National Sawdust and others. She has received awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, National Performance Network, and New York State Council on the Arts.

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Estimated duration: 45 min.
Doors open at 7pm (for the first show) and at 8:30pm (for the second one).
Seated event, subject to availability.
Nomadic Nights begin at the time indicated: latecomers will only be allowed entry if this does not disturb the show.
The exhibition SECONDARY by Matthew Barney will not be accessible during the Nomadic Night.
This event will be filmed by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain teams for distribution on our digital communication platforms and those of third parties authorized by us. The audience may appear in the produced content. If a person appears in the produced content and wishes to be removed, please contact the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain at