The second Context. Diana Vishneva Festival took place in Moscow, November 26-29, 2014.
The Mossovet Theatre was the festival’s main venue: it hosted showings from the International Program, a series of master-classes, roundtables, and public talks.
Diana Vishneva appeared in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me, Subject to Change, created by the choreographic duo of Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, together with Andrei Merkuriev, a soloist from the Bolshoi Theatre, and, for the first time, performed in a choreographic piece by Marco Goecke (Tué). Dutch dance theatre NDT 2 presented works by Lightfoot-León and Johan Inger on the stage of the Mossovet Theatre. Additionally, fragments from productions by Angelin Preljocaj were shown, as well as an evening from Gauthier Dance, a production by Ate9 dANCE company, and Nanine Linning. Master-classes taught by international choreographers and artists, and lectures by renowned theatre, literary, and dance writers Vadim Gaevsky and Wendy Perron, a regular critic and editor for Dance Magazine, were also hosted. The film program at the second festival featured Ballet Boys, which had already enjoyed great success at the Cannes Film Festival, Jorge León's Before We Go, and Avant – a film on renowned Argentine dancer Julio Bocca.
Vladimir Varnava and Konsantin Keykhel – the winners of the first young choreographers’ competition – created new works and presented them at Context-2014. Liliya Burdinskaya, Andrei Merkuriev, Elena Kuzmina, and Yekaterina Kislova all participated in the second young choreographers’ competition. Liliya Burdinskaya would go on to win the competition and afterwards receive a grant to the internship at ImPulsTanz, the Vienna International Dance Festival.