In the beginning of November Norwegian Hammerfest hosted Kedja 2015 – an encounter for producers, managers and dance artists. As we found out, contemporary dance community outside Russia shares a lot of similar to ours subjects for discussion. We gathered the most interesting and actual ideas and perspectives in our short essay.
Anticipating the opening of Open Look, one of the oldest international festivals of contemporary dance in Russia, we spoke to its producer and founder Vadim Kasparov about this year’s intensive program, support and ‘quality’ of contemporary dance.
ROOM FOR PERFORMANCE SERIES – brand new works of advanced choreographers and dance artists in exciting, non-theatrical space, gathered in one evening.
In anticipation of the “Café Idiot” premiere we got a rare opportunity to talk with its stage director, one of the oldest figures in contemporary dance in Russia Alexander Pepelyayev. We had thirty minutes to try and sort out why dance is called “visual theatre”, how “code” works, and “how it all began”.
Contemporary dance has wider geography then we could imagine. Month ago we found ourselves in the amazing place on the edge of the earth virtually – in the regional center of contemporary dance of Northern Norway, in the Hammerfest. Inspired by the center activities, we talked with it’s director Susanne Naess Nielsen about independent dance artists support, work with the audience, value of neighbourhood and not only.
Alexei Viktorovich Fomkin, current artistic director of Tanzhaus at Moskvich culture centre, recently left his position as vice rector of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. One of his major achievements in his previous job was opening a master’s program for contemporary dance choreographers, the program that’s known for its radicality. We were interested in talking to Alexei Viktorovich about why this kind of program became possible in a ballet academy and what he is going to focus on in his today’s job.
In early March “Theatre Institute” project launches a laboratory called SOTA (CODA) in Moscow aimed at developing a new educational format known and well-established in the West. Shortly before application deadline for participants we spoke about the principles, structure and ambitions of the laboratory with the project curator Dina Khuseyn.