As part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, the V International Festival of Arts, «Dyagilev. P.S.» will take place in St.Petersburg from 19–28 November. The Festival, founded in the year of the 100th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Les Saisons Russes in St. Petersburg, continues its mission, facilitating the cultural exchange of all new ideas in the arts between Russia and the rest of the world.It has been doing this for the last 5 years and has become one of the city’s major cultural events.
On 19 November at 19:30, the official programme will be opened at Alexandrinsky Theatre (Ostrovskogo Sq., 6, St Petersburg) with the ballet FAR, choreographed by Random Dance | Wayne McGregor (UK). Wayne McGregor’s choreography establishes its own unique and independent dance system.It has been described as the «higher mathematics» of modern choreography, incorporating the latest scientific advances in the realm of the human body’s bio-rhythms.
After the show, a talk will be held with the choreographer and dancers, who will meet the audience at Alexandrinsky Theatre.
On 21 and 22 November at 19:30 the Sutra ballet will premiere in Russia, performing at Alexandrinsky Theatre. Staged in 2008 by choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and thereafter shown immediately around the world, the ballet has received an enthusiastic reception. The participation of 17 monks from Shaolin Temple brings Kung Fu techniques into the heart of the choreography, and combined with an extravagant set design by the outstanding modern sculptor Antony Gormley they make this ballet one of the most powerful and thought-provoking in the modern repertory. Though as yet unfamiliar to Russian audiences, it is already acclaimed as one of its choreographer’s most brilliant creations.
As part of the festival, a conference, entitled «The Anatomy Of Dance» will take place on 20 November at Hotel Indigo and on 21 November at the Museum of Theatre and Music with the participation of established choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, and a range of other researchers of the language of ballet. This year, the major theme of the conference is interdisciplinary study of the phenomena of dance, choreography and physicality. McGregor’s masterclass at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy (Bol.Pushkarskaya St., 14, St Petersburg) will take place on 19 November at 10:00 and is expected to provoke intense interest from an international audience.
The festival programme also includes an exhibition, entitled «Time is Ticking» by Marijke van Warmerdam, a photo exhibition of the eminent chronicler of the New York City Ballet — American photographer Paul Kolnik, concert performances of Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas and George Frederick Handel’s The Dixit Dominus, a semi-staged concert of baroque music, as well as Three portraits performed by the Ensemble of Catherine the Great and other events.
You can find more information on the programme on the Festival’s website.
The Festival will be held within the frames of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.