Karim Tonsy is an international choreographer from Cairo, Egypt. After finishing his studies in theatre and movement at the American University in Cairo, Karim attended London Contemporary Dance School for further training in contemporary dance and choreography. He began his career with the establishment of his dance company (Karim Tonsy Physical Dance) directing his first performance in Cairo, Egypt. In the years that followed, Karim choreographed and directed over 20 dance performances and won several awards.
Karim has experience working with directors from Egypt, Italy, London, Lebanon, and most recently, Chicago. In addition, Karim has choreographed music videos for a range of the Middle East's most popular artists. Karim has worked with notable dance companies and choreographers including Frantic Assembly in London, Roberto Casarotto in Italy, and Caracalla Dance Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon.
Karim’s critical acknowledgements include: Best performance Critic’s Award at the Cairo Experimental Theatre and Best Achievement Award at the Cairo International Modern Dance Festival. Highlights include the opening performance for the Alexandria International Modern Dance Festival in 2004 and 2005, and choreographer for award recipient Latifa to honor Best International Dance Album in the 2004 World Music Awards in Las Vegas
. Karim has choreographed the Miss Egypt ceremony in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Karim also choreographed and acted in several movies and plays for international director Youssef Shahin (Silence We R Shooting), and Mohamed Sobhi (Carmen and Lebet El Set).
Since moving to Chicago to pursue additional studies in massage therapy where he wanted to “heal his dance” as he says, Karim has choreographed performances for the Silk Road Festival, Chicago Cultural Center (Gay Games), Eden? (Raven Theater) July 2007, Sharia Mohamed Ali (St Patrick Performing Arts Centre) October 2007, and Pendulum (Portage Theater) April 2008, Club (Athenaeum Theatre) February 2009, Reset june 2010 (Stage773) In connection with Karim's reputation as a leading group fitness director and instructor for nationwide athletic clubs, Lululemon Athletica has chosen him as Brand Ambassador in 2011.
Karim is getting ready to produce his 21'st project titled CURFEW at the Ruth Paige Center of the Arts in December 2012.