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Diana Vishneva's Context festival

Saint Petersburg

Dance critics workshop: new media

L’appartement 83
Starting time
15-18 October

This year Vita Khlopova’s laboratory for dance critics is shifting its focus towards new methods of publishing texts. Today in order to be heard you no longer have to be a staff writer of the culture section of some institution or publishing house as you may have your own Telegram channels, create your own websites, explore the potential benefits of social networks, etc. Therefore, besides classes on theory and practical sessions on how to write traditional reviews on dance performances, our laboratory will also include curatorial work for various popular projects. This year participants of the lab will be in close contact with the team of the Festival and will have a chance to use the Festival’s official media channels in order to publish materials not only on performances, but also on its extensive educational program. Lots of texts, discussions, and tasks await the participants. The laboratory is not going to be easy, but we can guarantee that it will be exciting.  

The laboratory includes 4 lectures by Vita Khlopova, meetings and discussions, attending of the performances and events of the educational program of the Festival, and reviews and reports writing.

Lab participants are selected on the basis of completed application forms. The application should be downloaded, completed, and sent to the address critics@contextfest.com by October 1, 2018.

If the application is not completed fully, the selection board reserves the right not to consider it.

With support from



  • Vita Khlopova, Russia
Vita Khlopova

Vita Khlopova graduated from the Igor Moiseyev Ensemble’s school-studio in 2002. Three years later she graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) with a degree in theater studies and completed two Master’s programs at the Sorbonne — theater history in Paris III and history of choreography in Paris VIII, and continued her postgraduate studies at Paul Verlaine University in Metz, France.

After completing her artistic career in the Igor Moiseyev Ensemble, Vita became a contributing author for such magazines as Theater, Afisha, Vash Dosug, Ballet, as well as Bolshoi Theater, and Bolshoi Gorod newspapers. Vita Khlopova read lectures at the Igor Moiseyev school-studio, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Trekhgornaya Manufactura, ZIL Cultural Center, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Multimedia Art Museum, the British Higher School of Design, creative laboratory SOTA, and many others.

Vita is the author of an advanced course of the XX century modern dance history taught to post-graduate students of contemporary choreography the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS), the author and scientific editor of a series of books on contemporary dance as part of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s publishing program.