In Kyiv the V International Festival of contemporary Dance theatre Zelyonka Fest 1.5 was held. During four days of the festival more than two thousand of participants took part in the event - – choreographers, critics of contemporary dance , beginners and professional dancers, and just spectators.
Elena Lobova, co-organazer of Zelyonka Fest: “One of the main objectives for us is to make the festival of contemporary dance socially significant event. Modern dance and modern art are the things that fight for minds, develop ability to think and reflect. For developing such branches of art, the financial support of business companies and the state authorities is demanded. Zelyonka Fest was held due to enthusiasm of the organizers, their friends and, of course, thanks to the interest of European colleagues to the modern Ukrainian dance. But it’s not enough to get a higher level. At the same time, this year we have met a lot of spectators who attended our festival last year. We were pleased to see them and that means that modern dance is interesting not only to the dancers but also to choreographers.”
Zelyonka fest 1.5 offered a rich educational program: three master-classes – from Da Soul Chung (Germany-South Korea), Lublin Dance Theatre (Poland) and Arts Printing House, two lectures – on the development of modern dance in France (Laurent van Kote, an international consultant of the Ministry of Culture of France) and on modern dance in Poland (Grzegorz Kondrasyuk, University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska and Ryszard Kalinowski, Lublin Dance Theatre). In the end of the festival, visitors from Europe, choreographers and dancers from all regions of Ukraine met for a discussion about the search for their own path of development of modern dance in Ukraine. During this meeting, the creation of a professional association - the association "Platform of Contemporary Dance was announced".
«We can see quite clearly what Zelyonka Fest 1.6 will be. We’ve got a preliminary agreement on a whole block of performances with the Polish colleagues. Even before the festival the spectators called, asking whether the performances are interesting to children, many of them came with their children – that’s why we plan a separate children's program next time, says Anton Ovchinnikov, co-organizer Zelyonka Fest 1.5. – Of course, we want to extend the range of participants. The teams from France, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States are regarded as participants for the next fest”.
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