Tim Rubel Human Shakes Company 2018

​Tim Rubel (Artistic Director) is a San Francisco and Texas-based dance artist. He received his M.F.A. in Dance/Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. He has been on the dance faculties of several institutions including San Francisco State University, Mt. San Jacinto College, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Dance Center and the Beijing Dance Festival in China. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. His professional dance performance credits have included work with Fusionworks Dance Company in Providence, Rhode Island, Windhover Dance Company in Rockport, Massachusetts, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and in San Francisco with the David Herrera Performance Company, Leonora Lee Dance and Epiphany Dance Theatre to name a few. Additionally, his choreography has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Goethe Institut, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation and has been presented on both U.S. coasts and abroad. In 2013 he became the first ever Artist-in-Residence at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, where Tim Rubel Human Shakes developed their evening-length work, Here and Then. His 2018 work ALIEN, in collaboration with Elisabeth Kindler-Abali of Germany, premiered in San Francisco and had subsequent performances at the Pfefferberg Theater in Berlin. 

Elisabeth Kindler-Abali (2018 Co-Choreographer, Dancer) studied Classical Dance, Contemporary Dance and Improvisation at Palucca University of Dance Dresden in Germany. In Dresden she was part of Palucca Tanzstudio, where she has worked with Rodolpho Leoni, and where she has performed works of other renowned choreographers. After graduation, Elisabeth began working at Staatstheater Darmstadt, directed by Mei Hong Lin and in 2006 moved to Berlin. Since then, she has been working as a freelance dancer, performing with Oxymoron Dance Company Potsdam, at Musikakademie Rheinsberg, for various choreographers throughout Germany, and in televised music shows. In San Francisco, USA, she has been working with Epiphany Dance Theater and Tim Rubel Human Shakes. Elisabeth has choreographed many short pieces, which are internationally performed. In addition to teaching Ballet, Contemporary Dance, and Fitness, she attained a certificate in project management at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bremen in Germany. She just founded her own company animi motus in Berlin, Germany. For further information see: animimotus.de

David Molina (Composer) is an award winning composer, musician, sound artist, sound designer, and studio/live sound engineer. He has created music and sound design for theatre, dance, film and video, multimedia installation, performance art, and radio for over 18 years. He also has been performing and writing all types of music in various bands or ensembles through out his life. Molina presented his first Gallery solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013). It featured several instruments built by Molina, including Rusting Souls a restored and modified Cimbalom, as well as A Dividing Line: American Ashes, a 14 channel speaker installation about immigration, xenophobia, the Mexican/U.S.A. border, and the lives that cross it, claim to protect it, or are separated by it. For further information see: drmsound.com

Clarissa Dyas (Dancer) was born in Berkeley, CA. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Health Education and received the ODC/Dance Student Apprenticeship in 2015-2016. Clarissa has performed in works by Robert Moses, Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Cathleen McCarthy, Wendy Diamond, Ray Tadio, Ayana Yonesaka, Kamala Devam, Kao Vey Saephanh, Mark Allan Davis, and Sarah Bush. In addition to Tim Rubel Human Shakes, Clarissa also dances with Robert Moses' Kin, and ka·nei·see | collective, along with being a collaborating member of bananarama.

Tayler Kinner (Dancer) Tayler Kinner grew up in the cornfields of Springfield, Illinois. She holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and has previously worked with Smashworks Dance Collective and Karlovsky & Company Dance in St. Louis.  Since moving to SF, she has worked with Catherine Liu, Molly Matutat, RAWdance, Tim Rubel, and Alyssandra Wu.  Tayler is currently a company member of Tim Rubel Human Shakes and Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, and teaches dance at Principal Creative & Performing Arts in San Mateo.

Sam Mitchell (Dancer) is a graduate of Webster University's BFA in Dance program with a concentration in Ballet Performance. Prior to joining Tim Rubel Human Shakes in San Francisco, Mr. Mitchell was a member of Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) in St. Louis, Missouri.

Svetlana Pivchik (Dancer) was born in Odessa, Ukraine, where she studied Rhythmic Gymnastics and Russian Folkloric Dance throughout her childhood. She graduated from the School of the Arts in her home town, where she got exposed to, and developed a passion for Modern Dance. She performed extensively with Russian Folkloric and Modern Dance companies in the Ukraine. After coming to San Francisco, Svetlana has performed with Michael Mayes Jazz, Push Dance Company, DeniaDance, Nhan Ho Project, DanceContinium SF, and The DanceWright Project. She has been a member of Tim Rubel Human Shakes since 2015.

Becky Robinson-Leviton (Dancer) has been obsessed with movement since she the age of 2, when her mother had to enroll her in gymnastics because she kept trying to do flips off of the end of the couch “like a Power Ranger”. By the time she found dance at the age of 4, Becky was smitten, and since then it has been a 20+ year love affair that has challenged and expanded every muscle and emotional state in her being. Also in line with her movement obsession, Becky has studied rock climbing, yoga, acro yoga, physical theater, and aerial dance. Graduating with a BA in Dance from CSULB, Becky currently performs with Tim Rubel Human Shakes and is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Phenomenal Anomalies with collaborator, Hannah Westbrook. Other company work includes Lizz Roman & Dancers, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, Catherine Liu & Artists, Twisted Oak Dance Theater, 13th Floor Dance Theater, Kinetech Arts, and WePlayers. More info at www.beckydancer.com

Hannah Westbrook (Dancer) is a dance artist based in Oakland, CA. She graduated from UC Berkeley with BA degrees in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies. While at UC Berkeley, Hannah was honored with the Departmental Citation for outstanding undergraduate accomplishment in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, and the Rosalind Schneider Eisner Prize for excellence in Dance. Hannah is a company dancer with Tim Rubel Human Shakes, and Co-Artistic Director of the Phenomenal Anomalies with Becky Robinson-Leviton. Hannah has also been privileged to work with AXIS Dance Company / Stephan Koplowitz, Catherine Liu & Artists, Michael D. Lee, Unfinished People, Katie Faulkner, Lisa Wymore, Sue Roginski, Julie Freeman, and others. Hannah has danced with Tim Rubel Human Shakes since 2015. www.westbrook.dance

Apprentice: Nicole Maimon


Contributing Media and Production Design:

Maxx Kurzunski - Lighting Design

Vanessa Freeman - Costume Design

Victor Talledos - Photography

Brittany Mellerson - Lighting Design

Lance Huntley - Photography

Ilana Pearlman - Costume Design

sondra J kazama - Media & Production Design


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