lldikó Tóth is a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher based in Leipzig, Germany.
In 2005, after graduating from Codarts University in Rotterdam, she received a DAAD scholarship for postgraduate studies and moved to New York City where she performed in the works of Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company, Susan Marshall & Company, Kota Yamazaki among others.
In 2012, Ildikó returned to Europe and became a member of the Forsythe Company. Since its closure in 2015, she has been working as a freelance performing artist, involved in projects with Heiner Goebbels, Thierry de Mey, Fabrice Mazliah | MAMAZA, Sebastian Matthias, Michael Maurissens and Darko Dragičevic, Irina Pauls, Isabel Lewis among others.
Besides her participation in national and international projects, she is
creating her own works, for example “How to Take Off Panties Naturally, In Front of Big Audience“ (2018), developed in collaboration with Jone San Martin at LOFFT – Das Theater Leipzig as well as the interdisciplinary performances “passed present perfect“ (2021) and “Future<void>“ (2022), created in collaboration with Lisanne Goodhue, Matthias Gruner (video design) and Felix Deufel (sound design) at Schaubühne Lindenfels and TECHNESPHERE Leipzig.
Drawing from her experience with various approaches to improvisation, she is interested in developing improvisational tasks and in their instant application during a performative event in order to deeper understand and react to the relationships in our environment, including its objects, physical presences and its atmospheres.
In 2021 and 2022 she received two residency grants, #TakeCare and #TakeHeart in the frame of Neustart Kultur, allowing her to further her research into the role and the functionality of human perception. She is interested in laying bare the unvarnished personalities of the performers and the performative situation in itself, disclosed best by applying improvisational tasks to be fulfilled instantaneously, live on
stage, exposing struggles and potential failures. Key to her creative process is the investigation of the effect on the viewer, and how his or her senses are activated by what’s being perceived.
As a part of this investigation, Ildikó has engaged in an ongoing exchange with neuroscientist Tommaso Tosato of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute in Frankfurt who conducts fundamental brain research in the field of visual perception.
Ildikó regularly teaches professional training classes and improvisation workshops at institutions such as Tanzplattform Rhein-Main Frankfurt, La Raffinerie Brussels, K3 Hamburg, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Palucca Schule Dresden, the Hungarian Ballet Academy Budapest, The Playground New York City and others.
Image: Jubal Battisti