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Erika Tsimbrovsky
Performance Studies

A woman with short brown hair nude above the chest frames her face with her hands against a dark purple industrial background

Erika Tsimbrovsky is an innovator in the field of improvised theatre and dance performance. Born in Kazakhstan, she studied modern and contemporary dance in Belarus, Moscow, Amsterdam, and the USA. Tsimbrovsky has an MFA in Dance with 20-30 years of experience as an innovative multidisciplinary artist. During this period of time, she co-founded the award-winning experimental performance group EVM Laboratories to research the interaction between diverse media structures and to develop specific improvisational performance techniques. 

Avy K Productions is the San Francisco-based incarnation of her and visual artist Vadim Puyandaev’s 30—year collaboration, featuring their signature “audio-visual-kinetic” approach, which brings together contemporary dance, live painting, evolving material installation, video projection, and live music. Tsimbrovsky explores new ways to engage the public as an active observer. In her approach to art-making, she uses the principles of visual art, she draws inspiration from the tools of physical movement and improvisation in both theater and dance, resulting in an experimental dance/art installation. Her projects are highly collaborative with an emphasis on community diversity and equal opportunities for each person involved in the creative and research process.

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