Founded by Vadim Puyandaev, Erika Tsimbrovsky, and Laura Maguire,
Avy K Productions brings together local and international artists to create improvised multi-media performances. Avy K’s signature audio-visual-kinetic approach combines contemporary dance, live painting, installation, music, and video. We employ improvisation as a means to unite artists of different media under a common theme and to achieve real communication among media, as opposed to one medium serving another.
Erika Tsimbrovsky is an innovator in the field of improvised dance performance. Born in Kazakhstan, she studied modern and contemporary dance in Belarus, Moscow, and Amsterdam. In Israel, where she lived for twelve years, 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 16-year collaboration, featuring their signature “audio-visual-kinetic” approach, which brings together contemporary dance, live painting, evolving material installation, video projection, and live music to create unique and vital performances.
Avy K’s projects were supported by grants from the Dancers’ Group Lighting Artists in Dance, Zellerbach Family Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Guzik Foundation, Lincoln University,Theatre Bay Area in partnership with Dancers’ Group.
Vadim Puyandaev (visual artist/performer) has worked as a painter, sculptor, and designer for over twenty years and has been participating in multi-media dance performances since 1994. His fine art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Russia, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, France, Spain, Canada, and the US. Puyandaev had also produced numerous pieces of monumental art, including a commission to design a bridge over the Red Sea in Israel. With Tsimbrovsky, he is a founding member of the creative collectives EVM Laboratories (Israel) and Avy K Productions (US), dedicated to investigating what emerges in performance at the nexus of different genres.
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Avy K’s work has strong visual elements
—sets and costumes take on a life of their own, breathing and dancing with the performers as the space evolves, and visual codes spark the audience’s imagination, creating a puzzle to be solved. We use the principles of visual art but the tools of physical movement and improvisation.
Your support is crucial for us! With your help, we can pay for studio rehearsal and give our collaborators adequate compensation for their creative contribution.
Your help can make all the difference! No amount is too small (or too great!!) All donations are fully tax-deductible.
There are many ways to support Avy K’s creative work. All tax-deductible donations are made through our fiscal sponsor, Dancers’ Group.