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International Symposium

A scientific symposium within the project "Choreographic territories - Eastern Partnership", Kiev 2016

The project involves the workin an international team dedicated to the publicationabout the transformations forms of dance in Central and Eastern Europe in historical, aesthetical and socio-political contexts.


The course of symposium in Kiev - March 2016
1. Presentation of the formulas of the publication.
2. Work on the plan of the publication - discussion on the concept, thematic threads, propositions of the articles, of the authors, iconography.
3. Determination of the authors and the researchtopics.

Publication of "Territories of the Choreography - the Twentieth / Twenty-First Century - Central and Eastern Europe”

 Is it possible (and needed) a common history of dance in Central and Eastern Europe? The premise of the symposium is to examine the possibilities of the description of "the territories of the choreography of Central and Eastern Europe" covering the period from the birth of modern dance in the early twentieth century to today.

The history of modern dance would be told here in a broad historical, aesthetical, socio-political contexts with conjunction with other art forms and types of dance, theater and visual arts, folk dance, national dances, entertaining, circus, sports, public spectacles.

Issues (chosen from, made more specific, illustrated by examples):
- Dance in Central and Eastern Europe - influences of East and West (between "Westernization" and "Easternization"), international transfers of technics, schools, migration of the artists, mutual influence of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe;

- whether they have developed Eastern European dance idioms: local aesthetics, genres, techniques, schools, the education systems, dance critic, critics and audience? What we have in common? what divides us? What make us similar? What makes us different?

- How historical and geopolitical location and experiences of our countries have influenced the development of choreography, structure and organizational infrastructure, way of the institutionalization of contemporary dance?

- Coexistence, conflict, overlapping streams of "tradition" and "avant-garde", local definitions of those terms;

- Dance in the network of relationships: dance and traditional culture; dance and contemporary art; dance and entertainment; dance and circus; dance and sports;

- Changes the aesthetics of contemporary dance in the twentieth century, dynamic of  development of contemporary dance scenes in individual countries;

- Folk dance, national dance, modern dance - and building local (national, ethnic) cultural identity;

- Dance education - patterns, models, centers  and personalities of the dance education.
- The place of dance in the culture, the position of the artist, dance in the hierarchy of arts.

Coordination, editing of the publications:
Jadwiga Grabowska (Majewska), (Jagiellonian University, Cracow)
Grzegorz Kondrasiuk, (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin)

Biographies of participants

Oleksandr Chepalov (Ukraine)

Ph.D. in History of Arts, professor in Kharkiv State Academy of Culture, director of the literature department in The Mykola Lysenko Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theatre (from 1973). The author of four books, several libretto for musical theatre and plays, staged in professional theatres. Founder and chief editor of “Dance in Ukraine and in the World” magazine (from 2011). Graduated from Kharkiv Music College (1970) as choirmaster, Leningrad Institute of Theater, Music, and Cinematography (1980). Aleksandr Chepalov is working in Kharkiv Academy of Culture from 1988. He taught “Dramaturgy basics”, “Screenwriting”, “Theatre history”, “The history of directing”, “Contemporary problems of the world and national theatre”, “Dance criticism”. He was the first who introduced lecture course of “The Basics of Choreology ”, “Making and reading of the Director's score ”, “The XXth century Director’s systems”. He was a member of the numerous scientific conferences and the author of about 300 scientific texts, published in professional issues of Ukraine, Russia, USA, Germany, Italia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Armenia, Georgia. A member of The International Dance Council (CID).

Julia Hoczyk (Poland)

is a dance critic. She holds an MA in theatre studies, and is currently doing her PhD at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She also studied gender studies as part of a postgraduate programme at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Warsaw.

She has published critical pieces in “Didaskalia”, “Teatr”, “Opcje”, “”. From 2005 to 2010 she was editor of the magazine “Scena”, and from 2008 to 2011 of “Kultura Enter”, a monthly web magazine; currently, she edits, a website of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw, aiming to promote and document the art of dance in Poland. In her research she focuses on the body, corporeity and gender in Polish and international contemporary dance. As guest lecturer, she concentrates on contemporary dance and butoh. She collaborates with the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She works with the Institute

of Music and Dance in Warsaw.

Grzegorz Kondrasiuk (Poland)

PhD., lecturer at Theatre Studies Department at UMCS, Editor in Chief of magazine „Kultura Enter”, theatre, dance critic. Editor of a dozen of publications („Lublin ESK 2016 – Application”; Why do we need culture centres?”). He writes about theatre, dance, new circus, cultural policy. His texts have appeared in such magazines: „Teatr”, „Dialog”, „Didaskalia”, „Scena”, „Akcent”, „Gazeta Wyborcza”. A member of organisational committee of selected university conferences, amongst others: Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference „New Circus and art in public space” (Lublin), „Polish Cultural Capitals – How to fully utilize their cultural potential” (Lublin), „Wschód Kultury” Symposium, „Eastern Partnership as a cultural project” (International Centre for Dialogue, Krasnogruda, „Dancer/Performer” between discipline and improvisation” (Festival „ArtNastup”, Lviv). Co-creator of three threatrical piesces (Scena Prapremier InVitro, Lublin Dance Theatre). A member of Polish Association for Theatre Research.

Ryszard Kalinowski (Poland)

dancer, choreographer, teacher. In 1992-1993 Kalinowski studied and acted in the pantomime theatre of  Halina Studniarz in Lublin. From 1993 to 2001 he was a dancer in the Contemporary Dance Group at the Lublin University of Technology (GTWPL); In 2001 he joined the Lublin Dance Theatre and he has been its art director since 2006. He has co-organized the International Dance Theatre Festival in Lublin and Contemporary Dance Forum in Lublin. In 2009–2011 he was a partner-coodinator of the Leonardo da Vinci’s project “Tour d'Europe des Choregraphes.” In 2011 he coordinated the panel „Dance Institutions and Networks: a Need, an Opportunity or a Must?” at the 1st Dance Congress in Warsaw. While in GTWPL, he created „Pomiędzy”, „Soliloqium – on, ona, oni” (together with Hanna Strzemiecka and Tomasz Siwek), „Głosy” (together with Hanna Strzemiecka) which was awarded 1st Prize at the 7th International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz (1999), and „Z rachunku prawdopodobieństwa”. He won the special prize for a dancer for his role in DC 586494 at 9th International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz (2001), and an honourable mention for a dancer for his role in „Akrobaci, kwiaty i księżyc pomiędzy” of the Lublin Dance Theatre, choreographed by Hanna Strzemiecka at the Łódź Theatre Festival (2002). He created for the Lublin Dance Theatre the choreography „Ku dobrej ciszy”, which won an award at the 10th International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz (2002), received honourable mention at the Łódź Theatre Festival (2004) and was presented at the prestigious Internationaler Wettbewerb für Choreographen Competition in Hanover (2005). For his subsequent original choreography „Bellissimo” (2003), he received 2nd Prize at the International Competition Das Beste Deutsche Tanzsolo in Leipzig (2005) and was invited to participate in two another competitions for contemporary dance, i.e. Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart and Internationaler Wettbewerb für Choreographen in Hanover (both in 2006). His subsequent choreographies for the Lublin Dance Theatre are: „I znów, i jeszcze raz” (2006), „48/4” (2007), „NN. Wacławowi Niżyńskiemu” (2008), „endo” (2009) and „nano” (2011). Together with the Theatre, he participated in many festivals in Poland and abroad, including the USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, Spain and Finland.

Jadwiga Majewska (Poland)

a critic, theoretician, curator, and lecturer. She holds a degree in religious studies from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, where she has been working as guest lecturer at the Department of Theatre and Drama since 2009. She publishes on dance, as well as theatre, and visual arts. She writes for „Teatr” monthly, including monograph pieces on dance, and for „Didaskalia”. She also published in „Znak”, „Res Publica Nova”, „Arttak”, „Kultura Enter”, „”, and more. She gives lectures and runs workshops on dance history and theory, as well as on writing about dance. Since 2009 she is a constant collaborator and an expert for Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, for which she wrote ( together with Joanna Szymajda) first ever report on condition of contemporary dance in Poland, which was presented at Congress of Polish culture in 2009. She has published „The Body Revolving the Stage. New Dance in New Poland” (Instytut Teatralny im. Z. Raszewskiego, 2011). As a curator, Majewska is in charge of a range of Polish and international artistic and educational projects (realized in Israel, Italy, Hungary, Belarus and Ukraine). In 2013, she created and together with Katarzyna Bester co-curated (until 2015) the Contemporary Dance Festival KRoki in Kraków. In 2015, she created (with Mikołaj Mikołajczyk) program for „Scena Tańca Studio” in Studio Theatre in Warsaw, which she now runs by herself. She is co-founder of Open Forum of Dance Communities. She is a member of the Council for Dance Program of The National Institute of Music and Dance and member of Dance Critics Association and Congress of Research in Dance. She is an author and curator of MAKT (Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism), first and the only one of that kind in Poland.

Oleksandr Manshylin (Ukraine)

Educator, choreographer, dance critic. Learned ballet, folk dance, jazz dance, contemporary dance in Ukraine and France. Teachers: Jury Tcibulsky (UA), Andrei Glegovsky(FR/PL) Florean Blitz(FR), Sergei Bondur (UA) Stephan Loras (FR), Alexandra Limon (FR), Olga Prikhudaylova (RU), Frey Faust (DE/US), Nita Little (US), Brenton Cheng (US) and others. Studied theatre criticism in Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. In 2006-2008 had a traineeship in Academie Entennationale da la Danse (Paris). From 2001 to 2011 worked as a dancer in “Aniko Ballet” dance company and “Kyiv Modern-Ballet”. From 2011 teaches dance techniques and the history of contemporary dance in the University of Culture and Art and Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University. From 2012 works as a choreographer in the drama theatres of Ukraine. Author of texts for the “Proscenium” and others art studies magazines, “Dance in Ukraine and in the World” magazine, Ekaterina Vasenina book "Contemporary dance of post-Soviet Space". Member of Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism (MAKT, the project of Jadwiga Majewska). Team member of Zelyonka Fest.

Anton Ovchinnikov (Ukraine)

Choreographer, educator, organizer of Zelyonka Fest. Graduated from Kyiv National University of Culture and Art in “directing the mass festivities” (2003) and “contemporary dance’(2006); St. Petersburg Institute of Supplementary Education as “choreographer of contemporary dance”.

In 2008 he founded “Black O!Range” dance theatre. With them he created 12 performances during 5 years. Some of them took part of “Moscow Ramp” festival (Russia), International Festival of Contemporary Choreography – IFMC (Vitebsk, Belarus), Four Elements (Moskow). During 2009-2012 Anton was a co-founder and a creative director of “Black O!Range Dance Studio”. From 2006 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2016 he taught dance techniques and composition on contemporary choreography chair of University of Culture and Art. In 2012 and 2014 he gave the master-classes and lectured on International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin (Poland). In 2010 Anton Ovchinnikov founded Zelyonka Fest. In 2014 he organized International Residences (Winter and Summer) for the contemporary dance choreographers. The same year he organized and held the Ukrainian Booths during International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin and Tanzmesse Dusseldorf.

Alina Pidlypska (Ukraine)

Ph.D. in History of Arts, professor in Kyiv National University of Culture and Art. She was graduated from the Folk Choregraphy chair of University of Culture and Art (2001) and defended a Ph.D. thesis “Folk choreographic culture of the Crimean Tatars XlX-first half of the XX century (till 1941) on the territory of the Crimea”(2005). Alina is the author of about 50 scientific publications about the problems of development of art of dance and dance training in Ukraine and in the world. Organizer of annual scientific and practical conferences, held in Choreography department of University of Culture and Art.

Olena Shabalina (Ukraine)

Ph.D. in History of Arts, docent in Kharkiv State Academy of Culture, the President of Non-Governmental organization “The Experimental Dance in Ukraine and in the World”, founder and director of “The Gold of Autumn” International contemporary dance contest (2000-2012).

Her scientific interests are theory and practice of contemporary choreography in Ukraine, the problems of professional training in contemporary choreography, choreology, new learning tools in art education. Her experience in pedagogy and creating is reflected in 17 publications of professional issues, 7 articles of “Dance in Ukraine and in the World” magazine, was discussed in 20 Ukrainian and International scientific and practical conferences. Olena is a permanent jury member of contemporary dance contests. She trained the winners of International contests in Hungary, Spain, Russia and Ukraine.

Joanna Szymajda (Poland)

PhD, a critic, culture manager, and deputy director of the Institute of Music and Dance founded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2010). She earned her PhD with the thesis ‘Aesthetics of European contemporary dance after 1990’ at the Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and the University of Łódź. She earned her MA in theatre studies and psychology at the University of Łódź and Université Lyon II. She is an author of numerous academic and critical texts

on contemporary dance published in “Dialog”, “Teatr”, “Didaskalia”, “Opcje”, and other journals. She has worked as a curator of dance projects, including the Festival Łódź of Four Cultures and as an art coordinator of the Body/Mind International Contemporary Dance Festival. As a dramaturge and curator she collaborated with Universal Law of Impermanence (U/LOI), a group set up by Kaya Kołodziejczyk.

Larysa Venediktova (Ukraine)

Larysa is the artist, curator, choreographer, director, writer. She learned ballet, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Butoh in Russia, Greece, Germany, USA, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland. Teachers: Donna Faye Burchfield (US), Steve Paxton (US), David Zambrano (NL), Lisa Nelson (US), Daniel Lepkoff (US), Diter Bauman (DE), Tomas McManus (DE), Tadashi Endo (J/ DE), Douglas Dunn (US), Andrej Andrianov (RU), Miguel Gutierrez (US), Eva Karczag (NL), Min Tanaka (J) and others. In 2001 she has got a grant for traineeship in different dance techniques in American Dance Festival (US) and Polli Talu Art Center (Estonia). She teached contemporary dance in International Slavic University (1997 - 2004), gives the master-classes in (contact) improvisation, dance techniques, composition and performance for the professional dancers and actors; also for the amateurs in different cities of Ukraine. From 2002 Larysa worked as a choreographer in the drama theatres of Ukraine and Russia. In 2003-05 she worked in DO TANZA (Before Dance) school (at Moscow Theatre “School of Dramatic Art”) under direction of Min Tanaka (Japan). From 2000 she works as a performer an choreographer in TanzLaboratorium Company (Kyiv). TanzLaboratorium worked on residences in Les' Kurbas National Theatre Arts Center (Kyiv) in 2006-2010 and from 2013, in Schloss Broellin (Germany) in 2007, Burdag Foundation Poland in 2011, in Atelier ReAl (Lissabon, Portugal) in 2012 end others. They took part in the festivals Underground Theatre Festival (Arad, Romania) 2008/2009, Dni Sztuki Wspolczesnej (Bialystok, Poland) 2010, New Baltic Dance (Vilnius, Lithuania) 2014, Tanzzeitfestival (Winterthur, Switzerland) 2014 and others. Larysa also issued “World of the Art” magazine (1999-2001) In 2011 she curated Art-educational project “Performativity”, Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2013 she works as a researcher in Les' Kurbas National Theatre Arts Centre).

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