we're all dancing on a cliff together
The final piece, “We’re all dancing on a cliff together,” experimented with sound and bodies in space. It was a duet danced by Sean Thomas Boyt and Dr. Andy Thierauf of stb x at. One dancer moved Gumby-like, seemingly with no bones. His movement was momentum-driven, a turn evolving from an inwards curve or shift of a hip. The other mover provided dynamic, intriguing percussion. He used every imaginable surface, from the floors to the walls to his own body.
They moved all around the space, and together created stop-and-go dynamics. Just like a fun piece of music, there were all sorts of rhythmic dynamics to enjoy.
- Kathryn Boland, Dance Informa
It's pointless to decide which cloud is floating faster
ETC Series, 2016
Sean Thomas Boyt’s presentation of It’s pointless to decide which cloud is floating faster was one of the most memorable of the night. In this self-reflexive solo performance, Boyt challenges the notion of what is considered dance while provided hilarious yet biting commentary on the life of a dancer. Boyt begins by simply staring at the audience for a long time before starting his monologue. He introduces himself and explains his day to day life – working a day job as a receptionist, teaching dance to middle and high school students, dancing and creating works with many local artists. He hands out printed resumes to the entire audience, outlining his long list of experiences and eliciting plenty of laughs from the audience, who can now read everything he has accomplished between the years 2004 to 2016. To end, Boyt incorporates brief moments of movement, all the while commenting on his own dance. This smart candid speech brought forward to the stage what happens behind the scenes.
- Hannah Joo, Philadelphia Dance Journal
The Iron Factory, 2015
The inventive and thrilling performance duo stb x, at rubber-limbed dancer Sean Thomas Boyt and percussionist and composer Andy Thierauf (playing everything from vibraphone to the floor to Boyt's torso), presents the work "Movers and Shakers" at the Iron Factory's Third Floor (118 Fontain St.) at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.
- Allie Vollpe, The Inquirer
SoLow Fest, 2017
I feel the breeze
and wonder if it moves you.
I hear your sneakers scrape the concrete
and wonder if it hurts you.
I see the clouds
and wonder if you conjure them.
You are so small against this empty space.
But you spiral
They sit in the mini amphitheater, finally here’s your audience.
You don't squirm when a jokester joins you. He embarrasses quickly and leaves.
His friends are more interested in you.
Have you changed your dynamic,
your focus, now that they are
There is quiet, but rumbling,
cars and leaves,
not yet thunder.
Your job is not over until it rains.
I am thirsty.
- Kalila Kingsford Smith, ThINKing Dance
Vox Populi, 2015
What do you get when you put together a stage filled with plastic bags, a dancer and musician? Plastique Romantique. Wittily called “dance perc,” Romantique was a duo performed by dancer Sean Thomas and percussionist Andy Theirauf. (The term “dance perc’ resulted from the combination of the words dance and percussion which is the art mediums of Boyt and Theirauf respectively.) An excerpt of a larger work, Plastique Romantique investigate the values people place on plastic and their attachment to its everyday use.
- Gregory King, Philadelphia Dance Journal
A fist pumping, lip-synching, movement monologue, The Prince was at its best when Boyt started moving.
With virtuosic flexibility he sliced through the space, showcasing his supple lines.
- Gregory King, ThINKing Dance
Sean Thomas Boyt's collection of choreographic, artistic, and collaborative work.
Photo by Daniel Mezick