Diana Vishneva's Context Festival
Diana Vishneva, Marcelo Gomes © Evgenia Basyrova
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MART presents the first UK showcase of the CONTEXT festival, established by Diana Vishneva, featuring the best of Russian contemporary choreography.

Having taken Moscow and Saint Petersburg by storm, CONTEXT starts its international tour in London in spring 2019. The programme will include a solo by Russian prima Diana Vishneva, excerpts from Kirill Serebrennikov’s ballet Nureyev and a carefully curated program of dance productions by a new generation of choreographers who are shaping contemporary Russian dance scene.

I Act

Choreographer: Konstantin Keikhel

Light in November
Choreographer: Pavel Glukhov

The Room
Choreographer: Olga Vasilyeva

Wood Rabbit
Co-creation: Dor Mamalia, Dariusz Nowak, Vladimir Varnava

Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti
Performers: Diana Vishneva, Marcelo Gomes

II Act

Letter to Rudy. Diva; Letter to Rudy. The pupil
Excerpts from the ballet Nureyev
Composer: Ilya Demutsky
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Libretto by Kirill Serebrennikov
Director and Designer: Kirill Serebrennikov
Costume Designer: Elena Zaitseva
Performers: Shipulina Ekaterina, Savin Denis

Choreographer: Goyo Montero
Music: Owen Belton, Richard Wagner arranged by Jüri Kane, Frédéric Chopin adapted by Owen Belton
Performed by the Perm Opera and Ballet dancers

Diana Vishneva’s CONTEXT Festival features a wide range of choreographers, bringing international talents to share the stage with domestic artists. Having taken Moscow and Saint Petersburg by storm the Festival became a significant platform for gifted up-and-coming choreographers and dancers. The choices are always eclectic, representing diversity in dance. Diana Vishneva’s programming is driven by an insatiable curiosity to discover and experience dance from many different perspectives.

Excerpts from Kirill Serebrennikov’s ballet Nureyev were premiered on the main stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in December 2017. A story of the prodigious dancer, who fled USSR for the West, has been adapted by director Kirill Serebrennikov, a daring force of Russian avant-garde theatre.

A carefully curated program of dance productions by a new generation of choreographers who are shaping contemporary dance scene. London audiences will see the works by the winners of Context Lab competition, including Vladimir Varnava, Olga Vasilieva, Konstantin Keikhel, Pavel Glukhov, Dor Mamalia and Dariusz Nowak. These internationally recognized Russian names feature in jury panels of top international theatrical awards, while their dance works can be seen as part of repertoires of musical theatres in Russia and around the world.

The UK premiere of Asunder – a special production commissioned by the CONTEXT festival in 2017, staged by renowned Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero with the best dancers of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre to the music of Wagner, Chopin and contemporary composer Owen Belton.

The audience will have a unique and extremely rare opportunity to see Diana Vishneva perform on a London stage. Together with her regular partner and friend Marcelo Gomes, one of the world’s leading male dancers, Russian prima Diana Vishneva will present a piece Vertigo by choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti.

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