Tom Weinberger's FAMILIAR FOREIGN BODY to Have World Premiere At Velocity
Velocity and Studio Kate Wallich are excited to announce former Batsheva dancer and internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and teacher Tom Weinberger's first evening-length show in Seattle at Velocity May 31 - June 3. Weinberger re-located to Seattle from Israel in Fall 2017, and began creating Familiar Foreign Body while a creative resident of Velocity and a member of Studio Kate Wallich. For this world premiere he is joined by outstanding Seattle dance artists (and frequent Kate Wallich/YC and Velocity collaborators) Lavinia Vago and David Harvey; alongside Bay Area dance artist Courtney Mazeika (recently seen in Chop Shop). Weinberger is known for his complex musicality and striking physicality. He works with subtle nuances celebrating "the dancers' body as an instrument played to its fullest expressive potential". His dances are coherent worlds where dynamics, textures and structures are ever changing.
"In his dance performances, his body becomes a poet. Every gesture follows its own dramaturgy. His work travels through the landscape of emotions." - Tanznetz
"It's been a real joy exploring the themes of my work in a new progressive environment such as Seattle. The creative residencies at Velocity are an extremely invaluable platform that goes hand in hand with the innovative nature of this city. I look forward to premiering my work and sharing it for the first time with the Seattle community." - Tom Weinberger
ABOUT TOM WEINBERGER:
Born in Israel, Tom graduated from the Amal School of Arts and Sciences and upon graduation joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2005. He continued to the Batsheva Dance Company from 2008 to 2011, where he worked extensively with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Upon leaving the Batsheva Dance Company, Tom was a founding member of Sharon Eyal and Guy Behar's Company L-E-V. He danced with the Gothenburg Ballet (Sweden) where he performed works by Peeping Tom, Marie Chouinard, and Alex Eckman. He was a guest artist with Michael Keegan Dolan's-Fabulous Beast Dance Theater (UK, 2013), the Batsheva Dance Company (2014) and with the Forsyth Company (2015). He has been a Gaga teacher for the past 11 years, and has taught and created his own work in programs such as the Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Program (2010 - 2017), the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Springboard Dans Montreal, the Taipei National University of the Arts and SUNY Purchase University through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation residency program in collaboration with the Israel Institute.
Tom is an independent choreographer and began making his own work through "Batsheva Dancers Create" during his time with the Company. In 2014, he won the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival (Germany) with his solo work, which toured in Brazil and Germany. Since then Tom was an emerging choreographer at Springboard Dans Montreal (CA) and choreographed works for Arts Umbrella (CA) Ate9 dance company (LA), Sunny Purchase College (New York), Johannes Weiland company (Germany) and more.