Diana Vishneva's Context festival

Moscow
Saint Petersburg

Competition for young choreographers

  • 2016
    Olga Vasilieva
    Saint Petersburg
  • 2015
    Konstantin Semenov
    Moscow
  • 2014
    Lilia Burdinskaya
    St. Petersburg
  • 2013
    Vladimir Varnava
    St. Petersburg
Olga Vasilieva

Olga Vasilieva, 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. In November 2017, Olga will present her new production at the CONTEXT. Diana Vishneva festival.

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 — choreographed by Alexander Chelidze — in a duet with Vladimir Varnava.

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.

Konstantin Semenov

Thanks to his victory at the competition of young choreographers, Konstantin received an internship at the Carolyn Carlson’s Atelier de Paris.

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.

Lilia Burdinskaya

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.

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.

Vladimir Varnava

Vladimir Varnava became the first winner of the competition of young choreographers at the 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.

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.