Revisor 2 photo by michael slobodian

Diana Vishneva's Context festival

Context. Diana Vishneva 2020: programme and start of sales

The performance “Revisor” by Kidd Pivot (Canada) will open the Festival. The famous Canadian choreographer Crystal Payte and her creative partner Jonathon Young turn to Gogol's comedy, masterfully combining dance and theater.

In June, the audience of the Festival will see the one-act ballets “Jester” and “Schaherazade” of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre directed by Alexei Miroshnichenko. The main parts in the performance of "Schaherazade" will be performed by Diana Vishneva and Evan McKee, the leading soloist of the National Ballet of Canada.

A special place in the program of this year holds Israel. This year Context. Diana Vishneva will present its own co-production with the Batsheva Dance Company - "Playback" cabaret show by Ohad Naharin. The choreographer himself will take the stage! And in the autumn, Israel will be presented by the TOML (Time of My Life) performance of the SOL Dance Company directed by the talented young choreographer Eyal Dadon, a former "Kibbutz" dancer. This performance tells about our manic obsession with external beauty and our ability to laugh at ourselves.

For the first time, Italy will be represented at the festival. In the performance-lecture “Moving with Pina”, Cristiana Morganti, who had been a soloist of the Wuppertal Dance Theater for more than 20 years, invites the audience to travel through the universe of Pina Bausch, helping to discover how much dedication, imagination and attention to details can be found in the unique language of the movement of the legendary German choreographer.

In addition to foreign performances, during the autumn part of the Festival, traditionally the Young Choreographers Finale will take place. Applications for the competition are accepted on the website from February 11 till May 15, 2020.

A new initiative of the Festival is the Context Open project, in which choreographers, dancers and companies, without restrictions on age, genre, education or citizenship, were given the opportunity to present their works. An open-call of finished works was announced last year, and Olga Labovkina's performance “Air” was chosen for display at the festival.

In addition, the Festival will traditionally present the Parallel Programme (lectures, workshops, discussions) for professionals and amateurs, as well as, the Film Programme. They will be announced later.

The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Department of Culture of Moscow, the Embassy of Israel in Russia, the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow.