From 28 June — 11 July 2014, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre became the host venue for the best performances featured in the programme of the XVI International contemporary dance festival OPEN LOOK. Every year, the official festival organizer, Kannon Dance House introduces Saint Petersburg audiences to global trends in the field of contemporary dance and all related disciplines: performance, cinema, dance, multimedia.
The British Council in Moscow presented the British contemporary dance platform DANCE IS GREAT/BRITAIN, which opened the OPEN LOOK programme from 28 June — 30 June, within the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. The festival programme presented performances by the top British contemporary dance choreographer Russell Maliphant, top dancer and performance art professor Liz Aggiss, and the Scottish artist/choreographer/writer Billy Cowie.
The headliner this year was one of the most outstanding dance companies in the modern world, the Russell Maliphant Dance Company from Great Britain (Sadler’s Wells Theatre) and was ready to introduce a night of solos, duets and trios called Still Current.
Russian audiences were also given an opportunity to see the world premiere of «stereoscopic» dance and to visit a 3D maze «The Art of Movement» — a collaboration by British choreographer and multimedia-artist Billy Cowie and Kannon Dance House.
The Foggy Albion contemporary dance stars were to perform on stage as well as on screen, and in Liz Aggiss’ stand-up performances — British hits from the University of Brighton. The English Channel brought together Liz Aggiss’ significant experience and skills as a choreographer, dancer, writer and film-maker. It was her first live solo work for many years.
Independent British choreographers, Graham Adey and Seke Chimutengwende, presented their performances at the Teachers’ Gala evening on 30 June. They also gave a number of master classes on contemporary dance techniques and on voice and movement in improvisation within the educational programme.
The British Weekend finished its programme at the Alexandrinsky Theatre with a special edition of Kinodance held at the Media Centre of the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. A set of classical British dance films was presented that day as a result of collaboration between Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie and Joseph Murray.
All the nights was followed by Meet the Artist events, providing the audience with a chance to meet the directors and choreographers, and to ask questions about dance, theatre and cinema projects.
Still Current, Russel Maliphant Company
20:00, Alexandrinsky Theatre, New Stage, Naberezhnaya reki Fontanki, 49 A
Widely acknowledged as a masterful choreographer of intimate works, for his new programme, Russell Maliphant’s creative focus will once again return to crafting solos, duets and trios. Inspired by his unique ensemble of dancers; Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi and Carys Staton, (all three featured in his last work, The Rodin Project), and working in close collaboration with his long-standing lighting designer, Michael Hulls, these new works will be paired with the critically acclaimed and award-winning solo, Afterlight (Part One) and the powerful solo Two.
- Afterlight (Part One)
Performer: Thomasin Gülgeç
Music: Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes 1–4
Media content: onedotzero industries
Performer: Carys Staton
Music: Andy Cowton
- Still Current
Performers: Carys Staton & Russell Maliphant/Adam Kirkham
Performer: Dickson Mbi & Carys Staton
Music: Armand Amar
Performers: Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi and Russell Maliphant/Adam Kirkham
Music: Andy Cowton
June 28 — July 3
19.00–20.00, Student Stage, Alexandrinsky Theatre, the New Stage, Naberezhnaya reki Fontanki, 49 A
Collaboration of Billy Cowie and Kannon Dance House.
Lizz Aggis is the English Channel, a solo-show
20.00–21.30, New Stage, Alexandrinsky Theatre, the New Stage, Naberezhnaya reki Fontanki, 49 A
18.00–19.00, Media Centre of the New Stage, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Naberezhnaya reki Fontanki, 49 A
- Beach Party Animal (Aggiss/Murray)
- Diva (Aggiss/Murray)
- Motion Control (Aggiss/Cowie)
- Bassini (Aggiss/Cowie)
- Beethoven in Love (Aggiss/Cowie)