Photos: Former Batsheva Ensemble member Tom Weinberger creates new work for Arts Umbrella dancers

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      After a stint as a guest instructor at Arts Umbrella's International Summer Dance Intensive in August, choreographer Tom Weinberger has returned to Vancouver to create a new piece for the company's upcoming spring performances.

      Weinberger, a former company member of Batsheva Ensemble and a founding member of Sharon Eyal and Guy Behar's new project, L-E-V, has choreographed the piece, which will be performed during the company's Sunday Performance Series on April 24 at SFU Wong Theatre. It will also be part of the company's Season Finale, which will take place from May 26 to 28 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      Dance student Brandi Baker during rehearsal with Tom Weinberger.
      David Cooper

      The show has yet to be named, but Sally Hart, manager of dance operations at Arts Umbrella, predicted in to the Straight that it will be an audience favourite. "I saw the completed piece on Friday and it was beautiful and highly entertaining," said Hart. It's primarily dance-based, but other elements of the show, like live music sung and played by the dancers, will showcase their multiple talents.

      Noted local arts photographer David Cooper documented the rehearsal and the photos, shown here, give a sneak peek at some of the innovative creation going on.

      Tom Weinberger works with students Ria Gerard and Charlie Prince.
      David Cooper
      Desi Rekrut, Zander Constant, Kyle Clarke, Charlie Prince, Lucas Wilson-Bilbro during rehearsal with Tom Weinberger.
      David Cooper

      Weinberger graduated from the Amal School of Arts and Sciences and joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2005. He became a company member in 2008 and continued to dance with Batsheva until 2011, working with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Weinberger began freelancing in 2012, and danced with Company E and the Gothenburg Ballet before becoming a founding member of L-E-V.

      In addition to teaching at Arts Umbrella, Weinberger has taught at the Netherlands Dance Theatre Summer Program, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Taipei National University of the Arts, and Springboard Dans Montreal.

      Past Batsheva Ensemble company member and founding member Sharon Eyal and Guy Behar's new project, L-E-V, Tom Weinberger is working with Arts Umbrella students on repertoire for their spring show.
      David Cooper