An Honoured Artist of Russia, prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre, and principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, — Diana Vishneva is the founder of and the driving force behind the CONTEXT. Diana Vishneva festival. Diana was born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), and in 1995 graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. During her last year at the Academy she became a trainee at the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1996 Diana debuted on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre and has been performing as a guest soloist there ever since. Diana’s repertoire includes works of the most renowned contemporary choreographers such as John Neumeier, Mauro Bigonzetti, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Carolyn Carlson, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Martha Graham, and many others. The ballerina has commissioned several contemporary dance programmes for herself such as Beauty in Motion, Dialogues, and On the Edge. In 2010 Diana established the Diana Vishneva Foundation for the Coordinated Development of Ballet. Diana has received numerous awards and prizes, including the State Prize of Russia, the Dancer of Europe prize, six Golden Masks, the Divine prize, the Benois de la Danse award, the Ballerina of the Decade prize and many others.
Dancer, teacher, choreographer, currently artistic and executive director of the Holland Dance Festival, Co-director of Codarts Rotterdam, University of the Arts, founding artistic director of the BA Contemporary Dance at Zurich University of the Arts, former co-director of the Steps Festival in Switzerland. Jury member and advisor to various international arts events and organizations. Knight in the Dutch order of Orange-Nassau and Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters.
Sofia graduated from the School of Television at Moscow State University. She has more than a decade of experience working as a film producer with major Russian federal channels and several well-known TV programs, such as Namedni and Profession: Reporter, and as the chief editor of the Channel One TV news section. In 2012 Sofia founded the Documentary Film Center. In 2013 she joined the Context festival as a partner and curator of the film program. Since 2015 Sofia is the CEO of Diana Vishneva’s Context festival. Under her management, the festival was reorganized and has grown from a three-day showcase to a fullfledged week-long festival in two cities with an expanded educational program for professionals and wider audiences.
An Honoured Artist of Russia, a leading soloist and a teacher-repetiteur at the Bolshoi Theatre — Anastasia Yatsenko (born in 1973) graduated from Moscow College of Choreography in 1991 and shortly after joined the Bolshoi Theatre. Anastasia has performed in classical ballets: Cinderella, Giselle, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Annie, in the neo-classical productions: Capriccio, Bolero, Bolt, The Bright Stream by Alexei Ratmansky; Rubies, Symphony in C, Agon, Serenade, Tarantella by George Balanchine; and Herman Shmerman by William Forsythe. At the Bolshoi Anastasia Yatsenko also worked as assistant choreographer to Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Wayne McGregor, Mats Ek, and Jiří Kylián. In Diana Vishneva’s programme On the Edge assisted to Jean-Christophe Maillot and Carolyn Carlson
Elizaveta Rozova got her high school diploma at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, continued her studies at the École Normale Supérieure and got a master’s degree in Philology at St. Petersburg State University. She worked as an international project manager in the fields of music and arts, organized concerts of Massive Attack, Sonic Youth, Sigur Ros, as well as the retrospective show of video art from the Entretemps collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the personal exhibition of Günther Uecker in Russia, a Museum Night programme and others. She worked as a project manager for the British Council for over five years. Her credentials include a range of international art programmes such as: Benjamin Britten’s Seasons in Russia, From Taverner to Taverner: Five Centuries of English Sacred Music festival, the launch of the Shakespeare train in the Moscow Metro, National Portrait Gallery educational programme at the Tretyakov Gallery, the TransLit project (a journey of the British writers on the Trans- Siberian Railway). Since 2014, she has been working as an international programme producer for the Context. Diana Vishneva festival.
Alina Kotlyachkova graduated from the Moscow State Linguistic University (previously known as Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages) in 2010. She spent a long time working for the Vokrug Sveta publishing house, the Afisha publishing house, and The Village. For over 8 years, she has been involved in PR and digital marketing in the cultural sector with the British Council (Cultural Department of the UK Embassy in Moscow), Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, and the Reykjavík International Film Festival. For the 2017 Diana Vishneva’s Context festival, Alina supervised development of the festival’s new visual identity, video production, and creation of an online course on the history of contemporary choreography in collaboration with the Arzamas Academy.