Tonia Shimin

Virtual in Film Division

Elegantly engaging, Of Time and the Spirit  is a meditation on the diverse and often  magical world of a dancer reflecting upon her life in time and place.  Mesmerizing and delicately nuanced, the dance of memory seems to grow as if through a chambered nautilus opening to the world.

Created for the acclaimed dancer Nancy Colahan with a musical score by the eloquent composer Karen Tanaka, “Of Time and the Spirit” takes us into the realm of performance as it interfaces with the poetry of the natural world and the inner life of the dancer.

As a dancer Tonia Shimin performed in the companies of Martha Graham, Jose Limón, Pearl Lang, The Ypsilanti Greek Theater and as a soloist with Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Mary Anthony Dance Theater and Repertory West Dance Company.

Some of her awards as a dance filmmaker have been for the documentary Mary Anthony: A life in Modern Dance, ( National Endowment for the Arts) and the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. 

Currently she is Professor Emerita of the Department of Theater Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara and continues her creative work in the USA and abroad.


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