contact name: Inna Tobak
14010 38th Ave North
Plymouth MN 55447
open to public: yes
hours: Sunday 10:30-12:30 at Tapestry Folk Dance Center
Tobak Dance Company
Artistic Director Nesiyan Tobak, has been distinguished and honored by the former
Soviet Union government as a great dancer and choreographer.
Following graduation from the Experimental Choreographic Department of the Ukraine State Institute of Culture in Kiev, 1964, work with people of all ages produced significant dance ensembles in the City of Donetsk (dance ensemble for 60 women at the Textile Ministry), Simferopol, Crimea ("Rainbow" at the Ministry of Railroads/USSR), and Odessa ("Dnister" at the Ministry of Culture/USSR).
Nesiyan Tobak previous dance company "Dnister" won first prizes at International Dance Festivals:
Germany, 1985; Germany, 1989;
Bulgaria, 1987; Bulgaria, 1990;
Portugal, 1988; Poland, 1991 and Germany, 1993
Personal Awards: include recognition from Ukraine, Moldova, and the State of Russia; Outstanding Promoter of Culture for the USSR, a diploma from the Supreme Council of the Ukraine, Honorable Promoter of Ukrainian Culture, and Veteran of Labor for ensembles created under the Ministries.
Current, USA, "TobakN Dance Company" (formed American- Russian Dance Company):
Company was receiving a grant support for the dances projects and thanks River Fall foundation; Minneapolis Jewish Foundation and MRAC, McKnight and Daytons Hudson Foundation for the supporting the Dance Art for the community.
From 1982 through 1993, the Tobak's Dance ensembles were awarded honors in prominent cultural celebrations; 1982 (150 years of Kiev), 1983 (200 years of Sevastopol), 1984 (Central TV of USSR/Moscow), 1985 (top honors in Berlin International Festival), 1987 (top honors in Bulgaria Folk Festival), 1988 (represented USSR and won top honors in Portugal International Festival), 1989 (top honors in Bonn celebration of 2000 years), 1990 (top honors in Bulgaria International Festival), 1991 (top honors in Poland International Festival), 1993 (top honors in Germany International Festival) awarded Choreographer of Odessa City in celebration of their 200 year history and others.
Tobak Dance Company USA is five years old. It has been performed over 40 times since March, 1999 at venues such as the Walker Art Center("Choreographer's evenings" ), the JCC of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Patrick Cabaret; Tapestry Folk Dance Center; ArtBarn (Osceola,WI ), Israel Festivals; Choreomania, as special events at the Ordway Music Theater and at Orchestra Hall, as well as at senior residences, schools, colleges, restaurants and festivals.
St.Croix Valley Press, MN.
Article by Jackie Dubbe, Photos by Paul Dols.
"It's a Nutcracker'reality".November 2002.
"The nineteen century director, Stanislavsky, said "If a rifle hangs on a wall in the first act of a performance it should discharge at the end if the performance." As a student of the Stanislavsky school, I believe there should be no unnecessary items on the stage if they don't advance the story or illuminate a characterization. Everything must work for the audience to grasp the choreographer's intent.
I do not believe that thought or idea is the sole engine of stage movement. Dance speaks on deeper, more personal levels as well. My art is using body movement to express character or to advance a story. The story or relationship between characters is what informs my choreography.
I require that my dance be theatrical and that the physical movement be the primary voice of the production. " from Artistic statement.
Country of Citizenship:
January 1, 0001