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photos by Aleksey Bochkovsky

    Minotaur is an ongoing series of multimedia installations/performances combining dance, music, and visual art.
Conceived by Erika Tsimbrovsky as a re-casting of the Greek myth of the Minotaur—filtered through the lens of Borges and Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt—the Minotaur assumes the form of an installation-performance, situated at the core of a plexiglass- walled labyrinth. 

This project is prompted by a fundamental, but dangerous quality of our time: there exist seemingly limitless desires which can be fulfilled all too easily. The Minotaur portrays a mutant of our urban world with similar, yet insatiable, desires. The audience experiences a labyrinth of feeling and sound, a convoluted world of spirit and flesh, and comprehends this mutant as a reflection of ourselves. 


“...he danced his advance, and she danced her retreat, he his penetration, and she danced her embrace. They danced, and their reflections danced, and he didn’t know that he took the girl, and he also didn’t know that he was killing her...” 

Friedrich Dürrenmatt


audio-visual-kinetic installation/performance

work-in-progress 2015

Minotaur, March Fri & Sat 13th, 14th at 8 pm 

NOHspace 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Tickets:$20 in advance and $25 door


Dance: Erika Tsimbrovsky

Live Music: Ken Ueno and Matt Ingalls

Live Painting&Installation: Vadim Puyandaev

Live Video: Stanislav Groz


tickets HERE:



Erika Tsimbrovsky is an innovator in the field of improvised dance performance. Born in Kazakhstan, she studied modern and contemporary dance is 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 18-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

A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno, is a composer/vocalist who is currently an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques (throat singing, multiphonics, circular breathing). Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, BMOP, the Del Sol String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Frances-Marie Uitti have championed his music. His music has been performed at such venues and festivals as MaerzMusik in Berlin, Warsaw Autumn, MusikTriennale Köln Festival, the Muziekgebouw, Spoleto USA, and Lincoln Center. The Hilliard Ensemble featured Ken’s Shiroi Ishi in their repertoire for over a decade. Another work, Pharmakon, was performed dozens of times nationally by eighth blackbird during their 2001-2003 seasons. Over the past six years, he has performed his vocal concerto as a soloist with orchestras in Boston, New York, Poland, Lithuania, and Thailand. A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label. Ken holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Reviled for his “shapeless sonic tinkering” by the Los Angeles Times, Oakland musician Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. His composed and improvised music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music, often exploring extended instrumental techniques and combination tones that interact with the acoustic space. Matt is the director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

Vadim Puyandaev has worked as a painter, sculptor, and designer for over twenty years and has been participating in multi-media installation-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.

Born in 1973, in Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia, Stanislav Grozstudied in School at the Academy of Fine Arts, and at Saint Petersburg State University. He worked in computer graphics beginning in the middle of the 1990s and was the lead graphic designer for expositions of biggest Russian museums. Stanislav developed as a painter and began exhibiting his works at the end of the 1990s. In 2011 he moved to San Francisco, where he now lives and works. In 2014 he worked as a stage designer for the Russian State Academic Bolshoi Drama Theater.

photo by Aleksey Bochkovsky

 Conceived by Erika Tsimbrovsky and Vadim Puyandaev

Minotaur has been selected for a Dresher Ensemble Artists Residency (DEAR) Center fellowship 2012. The project was developed in part during DEAR with composer Alexander Sigman , light/video artist Lucas Krech, visual artist Vadim Puyandaev and choreographer/artistic director of Avy K Erika Tsimbrovsky.

Minotaur  was performed as work in progress LAByrinths: Audio-Visual-Kinetic 1, Friday, 26 July, 7:30 PM @ the Center for New Music in SF 2013!

For this rare engagement, Bay Area artists Erika Tsimbrovsky (dance/movement), Vadim Puyvandaev (live painting/sculpture), and Lucas Krech (video/lighting design) join Korea-based composer Alexander Sigman for an immersive audio-visual-kinetic performance. As an installment in their evolving multimedia Minotaur project, LAByrinths integrates dance, sculpture, live painting, live video, electronics improvisation, and audio design into a continuously expanding feedback loop of intense sensory stimuli and associations.

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