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234th Season

Gala Concert of the "Context. Diana Vishneva" Festival

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Choreography by Aszure Barton 
Music by Vladimir Martynov
Performed by students of Canada's National Ballet School

Concerto for Two Violins

Choreography by Alonzo King
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

In Memoriam
Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Performed by Introdans

Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti
Performed by Introdans

Choreography by Mats Ek 
Music by Tomaso Albinoni
Performed by Ana Laguna and Mats Ek



Contemporary choreography is a world in which “contemporaneity” is just as important as its recognized primary source - the art of dance. It is the world of people’s individuality where social, public and human expression of the choreographer and the dancers are not less significant than the choreographic expression itself. The world that is steeped in the context of both dance and the life around us with its cutting-edge technology and age-old problem of human relations. How is new choreography born? How is a new dance performance bornout of a tune, a thought, a movement? Diana Vishneva is a ballet dancer who herself easyly “speaks” the language of the greatest ballet innovators of the XX-XXI centuries, from Martha Graham and Maurice Bejart to Mats Ek and Alexei Ratmansky. She has come up with the “Context” international festival as a laboratory where Russian and international choreographers can show their creative writings and working methods to each other as well as to the dancers and students and of course to the Moscow audience, known for its generosity and enthusiasm.


Festival “Context. Diana Vishneva” — is a synthesis of dance and theater. 
It is a unique and creative international platform for talented young choreographers and dancers.
You will see performances by mastres of contamporary choreography such as Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Richard Alston, Barack Marchal, Erich Gauthier, Marco Goecke.
Masterclasses will be taught by Richard Alston, Yaniv Abraham, Barack Marchal, David Middendorp, 
Young choreographers Vladimir Varnava, Konstantin Keyhel, Marina Akelkina, 
Marcelo Gomes will perform their pieces at Platforma theatre.

The main event of the festival will be performance by Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes "Nuages" staged by Jiri Kylian. 
For Diana it is the first work with the choreographer. The curator of the festival will be Samuel Wuersten, 
artistic director of "Rotterdamse Dansacademie", director of "Holland Dance Festival", passing in Hague.


Diana Vishneva
Art director of the festival

She was born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg ). In 1995 she graduated from the the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of professor Lyudmila Kovaleva). In 1994 Vishneva won the International Competition for Young Ballet Lausanne and took both awards - a Gold Medal and Grand Prix. No any other contestant did receive this honor ever after.
While Diana was student , she became an intern in the Mariinsky Theatre and played the title role in "Don Quixote."


Samuel Wuersten

Artistic and General Director: Holland Dance Festival
Member of the Executive Board: Codarts Rotterdam, University of the Arts
Artistic Director BA Contemporary Dance: Zurich University of the Arts
International Curator: Diana Vishneva CONTEXT Festival

Mariinsky Theatre:
1 Theatre Square
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Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
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St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg

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