Антон Овчинников

Антон Овчинников

Ukrainian Contemporary Dance Week will be held in August

The development of contemporary dance in Ukraine comes in waves and summer of 2015 will cover both amateurs and professionals with the ninth wave of dance events. In 2015 first time ever the event which has been long waited and prepared by professionals of Contemporary Dance will take place in Berdychiv city in RIZOMA art-studio. The name of the event is Ukrainian Contemporary Dance Week - UCDW.

Zelyonka Fest: development of modern art – an indicator of social development.

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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From 16 to 19 April 2015 Zelyonka Fest - V International Festival of Contemporary Dance Theatre will be held in Kyiv .

V International Festival of Contemporary Dance Theatre (Zelyonka Fest 1.5) will be held in Kyiv from 16 to 19 April 2015.This year the main venues of the festival will be the small and big scenes of the Bravo theatre (79 Olesya Gonchara Str).

For five years Zelyonka Fest has grown from internal event of Ukrainian professionals to full International Festival. For the second year in a row European famous groups come to the festival. Ukrainian participants of the previous festivals are invited to different international events. "One of the most important objective of the festival is to make Ukraine a part of the International Dance community. Of course, with its own individuality. It’s absolutely necessary for a progressive development of contemporary dance in Ukraine. We are succeeding in it. For instance, for the second year in a row we attract famous foreign choreographers to create performances with Ukrainian dancers, - Anton Ovchinnikov, festival author and co-organizer, says. ‑ Thanks to our international partners, for the first time Ukraine was introduced on the biggest European fair of contemporary dance Tanzmesse NRW in Dusseldorf, Germany ".

The program of performances of Zelyonka Fest 1.5 is going to be saturated. The Festival will be opened by a new performance of Kyiv choreographer Christina Shishkareva “Sacred spring” with music by Igor Stravinski.  In the second part there will be a performancewith the participation of Ukrainian dancers, under Da Soul Chung, Korean choreographer of famous Pina Bausch Theater.

The second day is represented by Lithuanian and Ukrainian projects. Arts Printing House (Lithuania) will come with the ironic work about the nature of contemporary dance named "Contemporary?" Ukrainian project M.O.S.T. dance project will perform «The One who whispers”and offer the viewers to think about opportunities a man has received or lost with the ability to speak. The authors of the performance are Ukrainian choreographers, performers and dancers  Anton Ovchinnikov (Zelyonka Fest co-organizer) and Anton Safonov.

On Saturday Zelyonka Fest will offer a double portion of contemporary dance of Ukrainian origin. In the afternoon (at 14:00) there will be presentation of performances created for the program “Position 2015” under direction of Viktor Ruban. The second part (at 19:00) is devoted to the best works of Ukrainian choreographers: Irina Plotnikova, Buchok Art Family, Yulia Danilenko, Anton Safonov.

The guests from Poland and Belarus will perform at the end of the festival. Lublin Dance Theatre - one of the oldest and most popular contemporary dance theatre in Poland will come with the play "The stories we did not tell anyone." Belarusians of SKVO’S dance company with their dance performance “Substantive discussion” promise to turn the viewers into participators of the play.

Traditionally, in addition to performances of contemporary dance in Zelenka Fest program a competition for young choreographers, master classes of team leaders,  and members of the jury will be held.A series of lectures of foreign experts will be held in the program. In particular, Laurent Van Kote, an international consultant of French Ministry of Culture will tell about the development of contemporary dance and  dance community in France.Polish experts Grzegorz Kondrasyuk from the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska and Ryszard Kalinowski of Lublin Dance Theatre will give a lecture on “Contemporary dance in Poland – inside look”.  At the end of the festival European critics and Ukrainian choreographers will gather to discuss the search for the own path of development of Ukrainian contemporary dance.

The audience of the festival is changing and growing. At first there were some hundreds of dancers and choreographers and more than two thousand of viewers in 2014. This year organizers are also expecting a full house at all performances - tickets went on sale just two days ago, and almost 15% of their total number have already sold. "Our audience is constantly growing and becoming more diverse. This is a very important indicator for both Ukrainian society and the festival. The ability to perceive contemporary art is an indicator of the level of social development. This suggests that we are not becoming numb in our beliefs and attitudes, and are able to hear and see the world in a variety of its forms and styles, ask questions to ourselves and others, "says Elena Lobova, Zelenka Festus 1.5 co-organizer.

Tickets are now on sale via the website: or Theater ticket office Karabas. 

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