Diana Vishneva's Context festival

Moscow
Saint Petersburg

October / November 2020

Competition for young choreographers

  • 2020
    Ernest Nurgali
    St. Petersburg
  • 2019
    Kirill Radev
    St. Petersburg
  • 2018
    Olga Timoshenko
    Moscow
  • 2017
    Olga Labovkina
    Minsk
  • 2016
    Olga Vasilieva
    St. Petersburg
  • 2015
    Konstantin Semenov
    Moscow
  • 2014
    Lilia Burdinskaya
    St. Petersburg
  • 2013
    Vladimir Varnava
    St. Petersburg
Ernest Nurgali

Ernest Nurgali was born in the Sverdlovsk region in 1994. He graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.А. Rimsky-Korsakov with a degree in choreographer-stage director in 2018.

He had an internship at the Ballett am Rhein theater (Dusseldorf, Germany). Took part in master classes on Mers Cunningham technique, Ohad Naarin's language Gaga, Marko Goecke's choreographic vocabulary, Wayne McGregor's Mind and Movement method. Winner of the Special Jury Prize of the Tallinn International Ballet Competition (TIBC, 2018). Laureate of the 1st degree of the LINE UP Contemporary Choreography Festival from the International Dance Center (Bolshoi Drama Theater named after G.A. Tovstonogov, 2019).

In 2020 Ernest became the winner of the Competition for Young Choreographers with his piece Gentle Hearts and got the Special award "Beyond borders" from the General partner of the festival — Gazprom company.

Kirill Radev

Kirill Radev was born in Saint-Petersburg in a family of a ballet dancer. In 1991-1999 studied at Vaganova Ballet Academy, in the class of Yury Umrikhin. In 2010 graduated from the Moscow State Ballet Academy (the Bolshoi Ballet Academy) as a choreographer and at the same time completed a course of composition and history of orchestral styles under the supervision of the professor of the Moscow Conservatoire Yury Abdokov. After the graduation from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy he was a principal dancer of the Imperial Russian Ballet company.

Since 2007 Kirill has been working as a principal dancer and choreographer of the Spanish dance company Corella Ballet under artistic direction of Angel Corella. He is the founder and the leader of the international platform KoRPo Dance Project.

In 2019 Kirill became the winner of the Competition for Young Choreographers where he presented his piece Beak in the Heart – a plastic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven. This piece also won the Audience Choice Award established by the partner of the Competition – Intellectual Club 418.

Olga Timoshenko

Olga Timoshenko is a graduate of the Department of Contemporary Choreography and National Dance of the Moscow State University of Culture and the Russian Theatre Academy (Master’s programme “Contemporary Dance” under supervision of Alla Sigalova). Currently Olga holds positions of a postgraduate student and a teacher at the Department of Contemporary and Scenic Dance of the Russian Theatre Academy and Associate Teacher at Gogol School. In 2017 she received a scholarship of the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation. Since 2011 Olga has been working at the contemporary company of the Moscow Ballet and performs in all company’s repertoire shows. As a part of the company she received Golden Mask national theatre Award. Olga Timoshenko staged and choreographed solo pieces 5 Solo (within ZIL Concert Hall programme 7 Hours, 2014) and My Arcady (within the Moscow Ballet project Choreodrome, 2016).

Since 2015 Olga has been working together with Alexei Narutto. Their choreographic works were presented at such festivals as “Icedora” (Krasnoyarsk), “Russian Look” (St. Petersburg), “Vdohnoveniye” (“Inspiration”, Moscow), “Proba” (“Endevour”, Moscow), “Na Grany” (“On the Edge”, Yekaterinburg), “Tendency” (Krasnodar), “Golden Mask” (Moscow). The production of Olga Timoshenko and Alexei Narutto Black Salt was longlisted for the Russian National Theatre Award “Golden Mask” in 2018.

In 2018 Olga’s became the winner of the Competition for Young Choreographers with her piece Along The Other in which she explored the theme of unobtainable harmony and endurance of relations between human beings. As a prize for this achievement she received a grant for internship at the festival in Deltebre, Spain.

Olga Labovkina

Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (St. Petersburg), specializing in the Scientific and Creative Laboratory for the Composition of Modern Dance Forms. As the choreographer collaborated with STB TV channel (TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." Kiev, 2012). As a dancer and choreographer implemented her projects within the residences of KORZO Art Production Company (Netherlands), Vitlycke — Center for Performing Arts (Sweden), reSITE & KUNSTrePUBLIK — Center for Art and Urbanistik (Berlin), Ponec Theatre (Prague, Czech Republic), Zurich University of Arts (Switzerland). As a guest choreographer, director and teacher she collaborates with theaters and dance companies of the Post-Soviet space and Europe.

2008 — 2018 Founder and artistic director of KARAKULI dance theatre (Minsk, Belarus). The productions created by the company were presented at such venues as Susanne Dellal Centre (Tel Aviv, Israel), Teatri de Vita (Bologna, Italy), Monsun Theatre (Hamburg, Germany), Gogol Centre ( Moscow, Russia), Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia), Voronezh Opera House (Russia) etc. and at various international festivals: TanzplatformBern2018 (Bern, Switzerland), "Gold Mask" (Moscow, Russia), "Zawirovania" (Warsaw, Poland), "Zelyonka-fest" (Kiev, Ukraine), "Teart" (Minsk, Belarus), etc.

In 2017, with the production of "Air" Olga became the winner of the Young Choreography Competition organized by the Context. Diana Vishneva and received a grant for an internship at Zurich University of the Arts.

Olga Vasilieva

In 2015 Olga graduated from the Pedagogical Faculty of the Vaganova Ballet Academy as a contemporary choreographer. Won the Grand Prix at the competition of young choreographers Vzletnaya Polosa (Saint Petersburg) and received the 1st place at Riga Spring (Riga). Performed in the productions by Russian and foreign choreographers: The Lost Voices of Hum Drum (2016) by Mikko Lampinen, Finland; Forest by Lilia Burdinskaya; Fade (2012) by Alexander Lyubashin (Lyubashin brothers group) and Anna Kucheryava’'s film The Garden.

Olga Vasilieva is the author of such productions as Ideas, A Dream Within a Dream, Eve, Memento Mori, Sway, On the Edge, Start of the Middle, First Thing and The Room. In 2017, Olga participated in the Mariinsky'’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, where she presented the piece Verbosity to the music of Nils Frahm and Max Richter.

Olga, the winner of the competition of young choreographers with the production The Room, received a grant for an internship at the Bikurey Ha'Itim Arts Center in Tel Aviv, where she also gave several master classes for choreographers and dancers.

Konstantin Semenov

Konstantin graduated from Moscow State Academy of Choreography as a ballet artist and choreographer (class of Vadim Tedeev). In 2015, he obtained his master’s degree in theater studies. Artist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. In 2009, he became the winner of the XI International Moscow Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers in the category Best Choreographer.

In his productions, he uses the music of different styles and historical periods. Among his works: the ballet Kammermusik (2010) created for the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet Company, Osaka, Japan to the music of Paul Hindemith; Labyrinth (2014) to music of Boris Tchaikovsky commissioned by the Ballet of Moscow; Winter Story (2014) commissioned by Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet Academy to the music of Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach and others.

As a choreographer, he participated in the television project Bolero and the Dance-platform festival in the Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater with his production Folia. Thanks to his victory at the competition of young choreographers, Konstantin received an internship at the Carolyn Carlson’s Atelier de Paris.

Lilia Burdinskaya

Liliya is a contemporary dance choreographer, the founder of the ByeBye Ballet Centre for Contemporary Dance in St. Petersburg and since September 2014 — the Liliya Burdinskaya Dance Company she creates most of her productions for.

Graduated from The Legat School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (England), and the London Contemporary Dance School at the Place with BA (Hons) degree in contemporary dance. During her training, she worked with leading international choreographers including Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown. In 2006 Liliya joined the Deborah Colker Dance Company in Rio-de-Janeiro and became a soloist at the National Dance Company Wales. Between 2010-2011 she studied the Gaga innovative movement language at the Batsheva Dance Company under the direction of Ohad Naharin.

She performed in a duet with the legendary dancer Rina Schenfeld, the prima-ballerina of the Marta Graham Dance Company and the co-founder of the Batsheva Company, in the performance Notes to Pina, dedicated to Pina Bausch.

In May 2017, the work titled The Decay of Atom choreographed and directed by Liliya Burdinskaya and performed by the dancers of her own company saw its premiere at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm. In 2014, Liliya won the contest of young choreographers at the Context. Diana Vishneva festival with her production Forest and received an internship in Vienna at the ImPulsTanz — Vienna International Dance Festival.

Vladimir Varnava

Vladimir graduated from the Khanty-Mansiysk branch of the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. For four years he was a dancer with the Music Theatre of the Republic of Karelia, performing lead roles in classical and contemporary ballets. Vladimir Varnava is the youngest recipient of Russia’s most prestigious theatre prize, Golden Mask, in the category Best Male Role in Ballet for his performance of Mercutio in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet at the Music Theatre of the Republic of Karelia in 2011. Three years later Varnava was awarded for his role in his own production The Passenger, that was also shortlisted for Best Production in Contemporary Dance and Best Choreographer. In 2016 Vladimir was nominated for the Best Male Role for Mozart and Salieri.

Since 2012 Varnava lives and works in Saint Petersburg. His most well-known works include The Beginning (2013) to the music by Erik Satie danced by Igor Kolb, a principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre, Stony Bank (2015) commissioned by the Yacobson Ballet Theatre, Mozart and Salieri (2015) after a cantata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri featuring Ivan Vasiliev as Mozart and Varnava himself as Salieri. For the Mariinsky’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, he created such works as Window on Deep Midwinter (2013), Keep Calm (2014), Clay (2015). In 2017 Varnava created the three-act ballet Yaroslavna for the main cast of the Mariinsky dancers premiered as part of XXV White Nights Festival. Vladimir Varnava often participates in international festivals and choreographs for musicals and dance projects on TV. In 2016, Renata Shakirova and Kimin Kim, soloists of the Mariinsky Theater, performed the adagio from Varnava’s Stony Bank at The Big Ballet project on Russian TV Culture.

At the end of May 2017, the Diaghilev Festival in Perm saw the premiere of Varnava’s version of Petrushka to the music of Igor Stravinsky. Diana Vishneva performed one of the roles. Vladimir Varnava became the first winner of the competition for young choreographers Context. Diana Vishneva with his production The Little Match Girl to the music by Dmitry Volkov. Vladimir received an internship at L’Atelier de Paris Carolyn Carlson in France.