Artistic Team

Aviva Fleising – Founder/Artistic Director 

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Simultaneously pursuing her love of dance and Arts Management, Aviva is the General Manager of the Canadian Dance Assembly and an independent artist. In 2012 she formed the company Tziporah Productions to carry out her independent projects. Under Tziporah Productions, Aviva has created short and full-length works in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. She collaborates regularly with the Calgary-based company Tangy Lime Dance Projects, exploring circus arts and choreographing dance on stilts.  Aviva enjoys crossing the porous boundaries between dance and theatre. Choreography is not limited to one form; rather it embraces an eclectic mix ranging from African and Jazz to Contemporary dance unearthing a hybrid. Aviva was the 2014-2015 Dance Artist in Residence at the Heliconian Club where she had the opportunity to further develop her artistic voice. She is also currently a member of the West African drum and dance company Ijo Vudu Dance and performs regularly around the GTA.

Allara Gooliaff – Performer and stilt dance collaborator 

Allara Gooliaff 098 (818x1024)Allara has been a performer, teacher, director, choreographer and educator for close to 20 years. Her primary passion is West African traditional dance which she fuses with her contemporary background to produce a unique movement vocabulary. Stilt performance is a new direction of creative inquiry and her work was recently featured in the feats festival of dance which is annually produced by the Alberta Dance Alliance. She is very excited about an upcoming Toronto-based project: The Space Between Us. Allara Gooliaff is the Artistic Director of Three Left Feet. She recently created another company, Tangy Lime Dance Projects, to showcase her independent work. She is a contract artist for Theatre of the Living Statue, Soulocentric and Blue Collar Dance Company.

Vast Imaginations (Eli Kline & Yehudi Fleising) – Musical Collaborators and Composers (various)

vast-frontEli Kline and Yehudi Fleising have been close friends since childhood, sharing a common passion for music. Yehudi went on from high school to pursue a diploma in jazz studies at Mount Royal College, while Eli studied audio engineering at the Stylus School of Music and Sound Design in Vancouver, B.C. Upon completion, the two started a live hip-hop group called Vast Imaginations. The band quickly developed a strong following, playing regularly in Calgary, Banff, and the surrounding areas. Eli’s production company, Sovereign Soul Productions, recorded and mixed the group’s first album. A year after the band recorded this album, its members decided to pursue their own musical interests individually. Eli left Canada to follow his passion for traveling, while Yehudi joined a rock band called Friends of Otis. After a few years and upon Eli’s return to Canada, the two friends joined forces once again. Currently producing songs in the Sovereign Soul recording studio, Eli and Yehudi combine elements of hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, and electronica to create unique musical score engineered to fuel a dance floor. www.sovereignsoul.ca/

Previous Collaborators

Jason Rothery – Playwright / Co-creator  (the space between us)

IMG_1086A graduate of UBC’s BFA Creative Writing Program, Jason has produced full-length work (as playwright and collaborative-creator) including: (re)birth: ee cummings in song, Window on Toronto (Soulpepper Theatre), Wedgie, Moxie (Upintheair Theatre), Something to do With Death, POLITIkO (Ghost River Theatre), The Drop, Re:Generation (THEATREboom), to name a few. Short work includes: Wilson’s Leg, Anal, Persephone Pursued, Do Androids Come Electric Sperm? (Upintheair Theatre), and Buck & Jack in Shack (Alberta Theatre Projects). Jason was the Artistic Director of Ghost River Theatre (Calgary), where he mounted dozens of productions and tours. Jason has worked as a dramaturge for PTC; was the co-founder and Festival Director of the current Calgary International Fringe Festival, the co-creator of The Walking Fish Festival, and Head of Development for Toronto-based Rocket Ace Moving Pictures, Inc. In 2009, Jason became the resident playwright of the second Soulpepper Theatre Academy, where he performed in Mainstage productions of Oh, What a Lovely War! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and wrote three original full-length plays: Inside the Seed, The Ring Around, and Cat vs. Duck (or: A Literary Evening).

Tatjana Cornij – Musical Collaborator and Composer (the space between us)

tatjanaTatjana Cornij has worked as an actress, accordion player and composer in many theatre productions in North America and her native Serbia, where she was a resident actress at the National Theatre in Novi Sad. Favourite productions include: War Horse at Mirvish Productions, (re)birth: e.e.cummings in song (Dora nomination – Best New Musical) , A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Time of Your Life, The Cherry Orchard, Death of a Salesman, Oh, What a Lovely War! (Dora nomination – Best Ensemble) at Soulpepper Theatre; Agamemnon And His Daughters, The Crucible, In The Blood, The Trojan Women: A Love Story, The Human Voice at Brandeis University; Sweeney Todd at New Repertory Theatre. She lived in NYC where she acted in two off-Broadway shows: Waiting For My Man at CAP 21 and Silver Nitrate at Juggernaut Company. A graduate of Soulpepper Academy, Tatjana holds an MFA in acting from Brandeis University in Boston, MA. She is a professional accordion player and plays piano, guitar, sings and composes music.

Previous dancers

Tziporah Productions is pleased to have worked with a variety of talented dancers. The following list reflects performances since 2008:

Caryn Chappell, Brittany Duggan, Erin Eizenman, Lisa Emmons, Sarah Hopkin, Candice Irwin, Sarah Jones, Allara Gooliaff, Jaime and Ed Mitchell, Ofilio Portillo, Jason Rothery,  Janine Ross,Laura Ann Smyth,  Apolonia Velasques, Zita Nyarady