TBX [ Toolbox Series ] provides specialized workshops for creative artists & residencies for choreographers to enliven their personal practice and expand their professional network. We uniquely craft each TBX session for artists and participants and each culminates with a theorist happening to further our mission as artist/citizens.
Photos © Jason Akira Somma, Kristina Kashtanova, Tomer Heymann, Rino Pizzi, and Alvin Collante
[ being a pig ] Deborah HayOctober 30-November 10, 2017
Being a Pig or a questionable formula for the practice of dance: a 10 day workshop conducted by Deborah Hay in Austin, Texas. Through exercises in seeing/ relationship/stillness/being a pig/ and repetition, we will arrive, in a village atmosphere, in a co-choreographed dance.My work relies on the persistent presence of the questions, rendering useless a reliance on memory and anticipation.”
[ counter IV ] Kira Blazek2014-2017
The Counter Edition of TBX brings back certified Counter Technique ® instructor, Kira Blazek for a full week of using CT tools inside choreography. Blazek is one of 4 certified instructors in the US and is a Dance MFA Candidate at CalArts. She has performed for Pilobolus, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Anoukvandijkdc, and has been hosted by BodyTraffic among others.
[ tech ] Jason Akira SommaTheorist Fest
Award-winning, Jason Akira Somma- masterful teacher, technology hacker, and mentor. TBX brings is building a relationship with Jason over a three phased process to create a multi-media real-time portrait of Austin, with Austin, and for Austin. We are thrilled for this opportunity to create closely with such an inspiring and talented being!
[ contemporary I ] Manuel VignoulleOctober 2019 & April 2015
The Contemporary Edition of TBX allows selected dancers to work closely with NYC based French choreographer, Manuel Vignoulle with a daily company schedule and open rehearsal. Vignoulle was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve (Switzerland), and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) where he worked with inspiring choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Hofesh Shechter, Ohad Naharin, Benjamin Millepied, and Alexander Eckman among others.
[ gaga ] Olivia AnconaOlivia Ancona | Based in Israel/Europe. She trained with the Northwest Dance Project, Jefferson Dancers, and the Portland Ballet, and is an alumnus of the Juilliard School. In 2010-2012 Olivia was a member of the Batsheva ensemble. She danced and helped to co-found Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s company L-E-V from 2012-2014, while freelancing internationally.
[ gaga ] Omri DrumlevichApril 2017
Born and raised in a village next to Jerusalem, Israel. Joined Batsheva Ensemble after graduating from the Jerusalem Academy For Music and Dance High-School in 2010. Started teaching Gaga in 2011. Joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 2012. As a dancer in the company produced and created for the annual "Batsheva Dancers Create" project while creating as a freelance alone and collaborating with different artists.
[ repertoire ] Black Grace DanceMarch 2017
oin Black Grace for a two day workshop exploring their rigorous movement vocabulary and experience their cultural heritage shared around the world. Led by Neil Ieremia, Black Grace is New Zealand's leading contemporary dance company, fuses Pacific and contemporary dance in an extraordinary and dynamic form. Neil draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create innovative dance works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers.
[ activist ] Jesse ZarittMay 2015
The Activist Edition of TBX hosts the inspirational, Jesse Zaritt- masterful teacher, choreographer, and mentor. This workshop will investigate relationships between activism, performance and choreography, addressing the following questions: How does dance matter now? What constitutes an activist gesture? In what ways is art making already a form of activism? Our studio work will draw on established models that bring together performance and social change.
Idan SharabiJanuary 2017 & June 2016
Idan Sharabi was born in Israel and graduated Thelma Yellin and The Juilliard School before he danced in Netherlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company. He was chosen to create for NDT Upcoming Choreographers 10′ and has won The Zeraspe Award 06′, Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 2012 & 2014, The Mahol Shalem International Competition 13′, and The Hannover International Choreography Competition 2014.
[ gaga ] Berit AhlgrenAugust 2017
Born and raised in Minnesota, Berit was trained through the Minnesota Dance Theater and went on to St. Olaf College where she received a B.A. in Biomedical Studies and Dance. After graduating in 2005, she returned to St. Paul, MN and joined the newly formed TUDance Company where she performed for the next six years. She was first introduced to Gaga after seeing Batsheva perform in Minneapolis in 2008 and took an instant curiosity to the suppleness and strength.