A native of Croatia, Tomislav Nevistic graduated from the School of Contemporary Dance Ana Maletic with a focus in performance and Laban technique. He received multi-disciplinary dance and acting training in Zagreb and successfully competed for many years in World Dance Championships like IDO and Dance Olympics held in Riesa – Dresden, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, and Rome. In 2015 he has received The Oscar for Knowledge in dance from the Agency for Education under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Parliament and co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Education for his solo performance “the Play”. The same year he made his acting debut in a play ‘Heartbeat’at the Gavella Theater in Zagreb with rave reviews.
He moved to New York City to study at The Alvin Ailey School for in-depth studies of the modern dance technique. In 2018 he joined Graham 2, where he had a chance to study and perform one of the most challenging Martha Graham’s works Diversion of Angels as Man in White, Acts of Light, Secular Games, and Appalachian Spring. In 2019 Mr. Nevistic was the first male dancer ever to perform the lead role in Steps in the Street at Martha Graham Studio Showing, staged by Jennifer Conley.
Over the years he had opportunities to study and perform works by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Eddie Ocampo, Michelle Manzanakez (Ballet hispanico), Anabel Ochoa, Gabriela Vazquez, Jon Lehrer and Issac Iskra. He appeared in the independent film Sovereign Blue (2018) and The Experience(TM) (2018) directed by Aaron Zomback and Spoon River Anthology staged and directed by James Price.
Currently, Mr. Nevistic is a choreographer and a principal dancer for Ziel Dance Theater, where he had an opportunity in 2020 to express his visions through film. His choreography for dance films “Me, Myself & Your Eyes” and “No Perchance to Dream” were chosen and screened in New Filmmakers Festival. In Spring 2021, Mr. Nevistic was a judge for Ziel Spring Festival with more than 900 submissions from all around the world.
Right now he is getting ready for the company’s debut performance and dance & film festival Refractions on June 26th at David DuPuy Studios where he is going to present his new choreography And There it Was – that was inspired by his paintings that portrayed his personal loss and periods of his isolation.
Nevistic is also a certificated Graham technique teacher and teaching modern dance techniques at Kritya School of Dance in New York City.