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[ Our Wild ] Ed.
Ayelet Nadav
& Shane Scopatz
Photos © Gadi Dagon & Kelvin Vu
TBX Our Wild Flier 2
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This workshop explores the intricate details of the Hofesh Shechter movement style and researches improvisation for performance techniques. The workshop will include two tracks. The Technique Track highlights a unique technique class lead by Ayelet Nadav, phrases in the Hofesh movement style and Repertory from the Hofesh Shechter Dance Company. 


The Creative Track continues with group exercises lead by Shane Scopatz in improvisation for performance technique based on his professional career with The Batsheva Ensemble and Inbal Dance Theater among others. The dancers will work on developing skills of awareness, creative stamina and real time composition abilities. Contemporary Dancers today rarely have time carved out to develop such skills outside of a choreographic process. This workshop will serve as a laboratory. A place to experiment.


Theorist Fest has commissioned a dance film project investigating migration patterns of southwestern wildlife, especially desert animals that cross freely along the border. Applicants of all genders, abilities and ages over 17+ are encouraged to join in the evenings Friday & Sunday-Tuesday.


*Min 15 participants will be accepted through August 10, 2018.

Limited number of drop-ins will be made available August 11th.

Tuition due August 10, 2018.


August 24-28, 2018


  • 12-2pm | Technique Track  (UT)

  • 2-2:30pm | lunch break 

  • 2:30-5pm | Creative Track (UT)

  • 5-6pm | dinner break 

  • *Friday 8-10pm | Summer Shindig (Travis Heights)

  • *Sun-Tues 6-9pm | Dance Film Lab (site specific)



  • 12-2pm | Technique Track (Travis Heights)

  • 2-2:30pm | lunch break 

  • 2:30-5pm | Creative Lab (Casa de Luz)

  • 5-6pm | dinner break 

  • *6-9pm | Dance Film Lab (site specific)



University of Texas at Austin

Rec Sports, studio 104a

San Jacinto & E20th

Austin, TX

*Parking available on Red River

Private Studio in Travis Heights

1703 Alta Vista

Austin, TX

*Park scattered throughout neighborhood

*Take trail on side of house around to studio in back

Casa de Luz

1701 Toomey Rd

Austin, TX 78704

*Parking available on Toomey or parking lot


// Early Bird *by August 1: $225
// Full Workshop: $300

// Technique Track: $150

// Creative Track: $150

// Day Workshop: $60

// Drop-in: $30


Email Lillie Burgess at to apply for our competitive apprenticeships


Performance Party Benefit for Theorist Fest!!

Guest Performances by Daniel Martinez (México) Shane & Ayelet (Israel)

Summer Eve party with DJ host Ann Glavanio (New Orleans)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Private Studio in Travis Heights

1703 Alta Vista, Austin, TX



Ayelet Nadav was born in Israel and grew up in a small community in the Western Galilee. She started dancing when she was four years old. After graduating High School she served her mandatory military service under the status of Excellent Dancer. This position allowed her to pursue her performance career while serving. In 2011 she danced for a season as an apprentice with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. She then worked with the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv. While there, she performed the works of Ohad Nahrin, Sharon Eyal and Danielle Agami. After her time with Batsheva she worked with the Hofesh Shecter Dance Company and continues to perform as  a freelancer internationally. Ayelet also teaches her own contemporary classes and workshops. And lastly, she is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.



Shane Scopatz grew up dancing in California. In 2011 he completed his studies at the University of California,  Irvine and received a BFA in Dance Choreography and a BFA in Dance Performance. After university he started working for the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv.  During his tenure with the company he performed the works of Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shecter and Sharon Eyal. Shane has also worked for the Inbal Dance Theater Company and as a freelance performer. Shane is a certified Gaga teacher and enjoys teaching his own improviation for performance workshops. Throughout his performance and teaching career Shane has continued to make his own work. Lastly, Shane is a certified Wilderness First Responder.


We are Shane Scopatz and Ayelet Nadav and we make up the artist partnership, Our Wild. Our artistic background is in contemporary dance and choreography. We met while performing for the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. After working together for a couple of years we found we share an obsession for Nature and each have huge appetite to make our own work. We knew then, we had to work together and we knew we had to make work about the wild places we care so much about.


Since 2014 we have been working together as artistic collaborators. The art we make is multi-disciplinary and often performative. Using choreography, video, and text we make collaged choreographic essays. Our work is committed to discussions of ecology, wilderness, and conservation and our process is heavily weighted in field research. We believe a rigorous study of land through boots on the ground and paddles in water is essential to our artmaking. We also draw inspiration from nature and adventure writers like Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, John Wesley Powell, and Cherry Apsley-Garrard.  


We make the kind of work we make, because we believe that contemporary art has an important role to play in the advancement of  Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic. Making work about wilderness provides a platform that enables us to make work that comments on ethics, capitalism, and human rights. Wild spaces inspire us and fill us with a sense of obligation to create.

TBX has given more than $15,000 in scholarships. Please consider sharing our story and giving the gift of dance & buy our SWAG! All donations are tax-deductible and will be matched dollar per dollar!


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