Diana Vishneva's Context festival

Moscow
Saint Petersburg

October / November 2020

Diana Vishneva's
Context festival

The international festival Context. Diana Vishneva provides access to the best practices of contemporary dance. Each year the festival presents world premieres, unique collaborations and critically acclaimed productions created by both recognized and emerging choreographers to the Russian audience. The festival also features documentary film screenings and an intensive parallel programme.

Context. Diana Vishneva festival sees its global mission in increasing the level of contemporary dance in Russia and its integration into the international dance context. The Festival aspires to help the audience to understand the language of dance and perceive contemporary choreography as a unique world where content and meaning implied by a choreographer and dancers matters as much as the form. The Festival’s programmes and events open new opportunities for professionals and young choreographers: from powering their creative abilities and expanding career horizons to reaching a whole new international level in dance performance.

«A new festival of modern choreography appeared in Moscow and immediately threatened to overshadow all similar projects, as it was inspired by Diana Vishneva herself — this prima ballerina is a real expert in contemporary choreography like no other of her academic colleagues» — Tatyana Kuznetsova, Kommersant newspaper

The founder and art director of the festival is Diana Vishneva — a ballet dancer who easily “speaks” the language of the greatest ballet innovators of the XX-XXI centuries, from Martha Graham and Maurice Béjart to Mats Ek and Alexei Ratmansky. In 2013 she came up with the idea of a festival, later given the name Context. Diana Vishneva, that could become a laboratory where both Russian and international choreographers could show their creative writings and working methods to each other and to a wider audience.

Over the years, the festival has brought to Russia the works by over 40 world leading choreographers: Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, Marco Goecke, Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Maurice Bejart, Martha Graham, Sidi Larbi Cherkaou, Angelin Preljocaj, Aszure Barto, Hofesh Shechter and others; invited over 20 internationally renowned dance companies, such as The National Ballet of Canada, NDT, the Ballet Company of Maurice Bejart, Martha Graham Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company, Gauthier Dance, La Veronal. The Festival projects toured in Yekaterinburg and Perm and were presented at the world famous dance venues including Holland Festival in Hague, Sadler’s Wells in London and Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel-Aviv. The acclaimed venues in Russia, such as Mariinsky Theatre and Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, Mossovet Theatre, Elctrotheatre Stanislavsky, Helicon Opera, Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre open the doors to the Festival audience.

A Competition for Young Choreographers forms one of the Festival’s most important activity areas. The aim and purpose of the Competition is to search and support new emerging choreographers in Russia. The winners and finalists are now working actively both in Russia and abroad.

The Parallel programme of Context. Diana Vishneva Festival is constantly developing. It comprises screenings of rare documentary films about choreographers and artists, events both for professionals and wider audience: unique public talks and lectures of the leading choreography theorists, master-classes by the internationally acknowledged teachers, laboratories and work-shops for professionals in allied theatre disciplines, etc.