The Book: Exhibition & Performance Series

What: The Book – a multimedia, installation-performance
Who: Avy K Productions/Erika Tsimbrovsky & Vadim Puyandaev (Commons Curatorial Residency Recipient 2010/2011)
Free Opening Reception and Performance: July 1, 6:00 – 9:00PM featuring dance installations by Avy K Productions and guest artist Carol Swann
Ticketed Installation-performances with guest artists:

Free Closing Reception & Performance: July 29, reception 6:00 – 9:00PM,  featuring dance installations by Avy K Productions
Exhibition Dates: July 1 through 29, 2011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: SOMArts Main Gallery (934 Brannan Street, between 8th and 9th)

SOMArts Cultural Center presents The Book, a multidimensional, multimedia installation and the the first Commons Curatorial Residency of the 2011-2012 season.  The Book, an installation-performance based in experimental non-theater dance that allows the viewer to freely move within the work and willingly participate during, before, after and between performances, addresses the investigative process of a meditation on the inner world of the artist and the artist’s relationship with a rational society and a technological age. 

In The Book artists and audience members allow their personal stories to enter the performance space, creating a collective public diary. The Book is a kaleidoscope of sketches, snippets of thought, debris of feelings, traces of movement, and echoes of sounds that were once heard.

Each performance is a random page from The Book, and each invites a different guest artist to enter the structure, created by Avy K and collaborators, in order to destroy it and give it new life. Guest artists include: Jesse Hewit, Philip Huang, Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney, PC Muñoz, Tommy ShepherdCarol Swann, and Ken Ueno with Matt Ingalls, along with Avk K collaborators/performers: Aleksey Bochkovsky, Daniel Bear Davis, Sean Feit, Izmail Galin, Kristen Greco, Grundik Kasyansky, Kristina Kirshner, Vitali Kononov, Lucas Krech, Rob Kunkle, Mihyun Lee, Justin Morrison, Daisy Phillips, Vadim Puyandaev, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Ronja Ver, Andrew Ward, Paul Clipson, Andrew Way and Elena Zhukova.

The Book and Avy K Productions is one of four recipients of a 2011-12 Commons Curatorial Residency at SOMArts. Selected artists and curators receive funding support and access to one of the largest and most beautiful gallery spaces in the heart of the city in order to expand their practice, engage the Bay Area’s many cultural communities, and turn vision into reality. Avy K Productions was awarded the SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency for July, 2011.

Advance tickets the The Book performances can be purchased here.

About Avy K Productions
Founded by long-time collaborators Erika Tsimbrovsky (choreographer/performer) and Vadim Puyandaev (visual artist/performer), Avy K Productions brings together artists of different media to create improvisational multidisciplinary performances involving contemporary dance, live painting, evolving installation, video projection, and live music. Avy K employs improvisation to unite different artists under a common idea and to achieve real communication among media, as opposed to one medium serving another. 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 aesthetic principles from painting composition are used in developing movement codes. Avy K uses the principles of visual art but the tools of physical movement and improvisation; Avy K can be described as an experimental visual non/theater of dance. Avy K premiered their work in the Bay Area with The Garden (2007) at NOHspace, San Francisco, and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, followed by Scrap-Soup (2008) and Nocturnal Butterflies (2009), at Theater Artaud, San Francisco. More information on Avy K can be found at

Erika Tsimbrovsky (Choreographer/performer) 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.

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 1998. His fine art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Russia, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, France, Spain, Canada, and the US. Puyandaev has also produced numerous pieces of monumental art, including a commission to design a bridge over the Red Sea as well as to design a sculpture ensemble for the entrance to the city of Eilat 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.