The Israeli choreographer Inbal Pinto, born in Naharia in 1969, danced with Batsheva during the 1990s while creating her first works. Together with director-designer Avshalom Pollak, she founded a Tel Aviv-based company in 1992 to present their multimedia collaborations. Working within the tradition of European dance theater in creating Oyster, Pinto and Pollak drew inspiration from Tim Burton’s book entitled The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Works. A circus influence is evident in this work which features acrobats and aerialists, strongmen, and freak shows. This Pillow engagement represented the work’s U.S. premiere.