Diana Vishneva’s latest project – Imprint in Motion – is a cross-media project fusing the fine arts, contemporary dance, music, and film making, and focuses on the human body in a variety of forms.
Imprint in Motion brought her international festival of contemporary choreography, Context. Diana Vishneva, together with the Aksenov Family Foundation and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, which with its collection of casts of some of the best-known sculptures in the world, provides the setting for the film.
Vishneva, who is also the film’s protagonist says:
Imprint in Motion blends thoughts, ideas and experiences of different generations. This blending allowed us to see dance, history and artefacts from a new point of view. Moreover, we appreciated the sounds of music in a new light. The philosophy of our project lies in combining and comparing things, in moving from the past to the future.
The creative team looked to represent each period in the history of the art represented in the museum. The choreographers wanted to express their feelings evoked by an encounter with a work of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, or the Renaissance, though primarily wanting to find a precise physical embodiment for their artistic statements.
Movement and dance were inspired by newly composed music as well as the historic context and the space of museum rooms and their exhibits. The camera doesn’t confine itself to simply capturing the images and movements, but its movement is part of the choreography.
Contemporary Russian composers supplied music for the project: Vasiliy Peshkov, Alexey Retinsky, Mark Buloshnikov, Alexander Khubeev, and Daria Zvezdina. The last three are prize winners of the Aksenov Family Foundation annual event Russian Music 2.0, which aims at developing the Russian school of composition by refreshing its traditions and presenting its best achievements in Russia and abroad.
The choreographers who participated in making the film are finalists of the Young Choreograpers’ Competition of the dance festival Context. Diana Vishneva.
Imprint in Motion (Слепок). will be premiered on 31 March 2021, followed by a public release that includes online screenings. The European premiere will take place in Vienna as a part of Vienna Contemporary Art Fair (2-5 September 2021).
The International Festival Context. Diana Vishneva
The International Festival Context. Diana Vishneva provides access to the best achievements of contemporary dance, erase boundaries between genres and promote young talents. The first edition of the festival took place in 2013 and in a short time it became a noticeable cultural event in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The Festival programme includes international and Russian dance productions, movie screenings, lectures, discussions and masterclasses.
The festival featured works of over 40 world-leading choreographers including Mats Ek, Наns van Manen, Marco Goecke, Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter and others; presented over 20 internationally renowned dance companies, including National Ballet of Canada, NDT, Maurice Bejart Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company. The Festival shows and projects toured in Yekaterinburg and Perm and were performed at the most recognized international dance venues: Holland Dance Festival in the Hague, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel-Aviv.
The Festival initiates and produces important cross-cultural and multi-genre projects with the participation of Russian choreographers.
State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums of the world art in Russia. Its collection amounts to 700 thousand of works of art from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the beginning of the 21st century. The Gallery of European and American Art of the 19-20th centuries displays one of the world largest collection of works of impressionists and post-impressionists from private collections of Sergey Shchukin and Ivan Morozov
Aksenov Family Foundation
Aksenov Family Foundation (AFF) is an international multidisciplinary platform aiming to emphasize the unique role of contemporary culture in our everyday life.
Using the synergy of projects created at the intersection point of contemporary art, science and technologies, the Foundation promotes such spheres of culture which hold the highest potential to exchange ideas between various disciplines, involving the audience into new cultural practices both on personal and social levels.
The programme Russian Music 2.0 launched by the Aksenov Family Foundation initiated the creation of new works by the most noticeable Russian composers of the new wave. Since the programme launch in June 2020, the winners have received grants for the creation of new musical pieces especially for Russian Music 2.0. At the end of 2020, these works were premiered in Moscow by the two leading Russian music ensembles which specialise in performing the 20th and 21st-century repertoire: the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music and Questa Musica.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre, guest ballerina of the American Ballet Theatre (2005–2017), and the founder of Context. Diana Vishneva Festival. She was born in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) and in 1995 graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. While still a student she became a trainee at the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 she made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre where she later performed as a guest ballerina.
Throughout her career, Diana Vishneva has been performing both classical and contemporary repertoire, including the works of the most significant contemporary choreographers: John Neumeier, Mauro Bigonzetti, Pina Bausch, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, Carolyn Carlson, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Martha Graham and others. Her solo programmes of contemporary choreography include Beauty in Motion, Dialogues, and On the Edge. In 2010 she established the Diana Vishneva Foundation, the mission of which is to support the development of the art of ballet. Vishneva is the Russian Federation State Prize Winner and has been awarded many prestigious prizes and awards including The Best Dancer of Europe Award, six Golden Mask Awards, La Divina, Benois de la danse, and Ballerina of the Decade award.
Movie and theatre director, artist and producer. He graduated from the faculty of Art History at the Russian State University of Humanities and later from Boris Yukhananov’s Workshop for Directing. His works in cinema as director and producer include Volga-Volga (2006), which won the Kandinsky Award for the Best Media Project of the Year; Brain (2010), the Best Experimental Film Award of the Syracuse International Film Festival in New York; Birmingham Ornament (2011), Discovery Award of the Horizons Programme at The Venice International Film Festival; Birmingham Ornament-2 (2013), Special Prize of the Rome Film Festival; Russia As a Dream (2016), a collective work of the participants of the Cannes Film Festival, Top Prize of Kinoshock Festival; Ice Hole (2017), premiered at Kinotavr Film Festival. Produced the following movies: For Marx… (2012), Elixir (2015), No Place For Fools and Monkey, Ostrich and Grave (2017). Special and retrospective screenings of Andrey Silvestrov’s films have taken place at TATE Modern (London, UK), Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany), Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Pompidou Centre (Paris, France). Theatre works include: Ice Hole at Meyerkhold Center (2016), Crime and Punishment and The Life and Strange Adventures of Solomon Mimon at Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (2017, 2021), Sipurim-Shpil at Teatr.doc (2019) and others. From 2008-2016 he was the director of the annual Innovation Awards in the sphere of contemporary art. As an artist took part in Biennales of Contemporary Art in Bergen, Kiev, Odessa, Istanbul, and other exhibitions.
Choreographer, dancer, and dance artist. Winner of the Young Choreographers’ Competition of 2014 Context. Diana Vishneva Festival. Graduated from Nikolay Legat School for Classic Ballet and London School for Contemporary Dance The Place in the UK. DanceWeb Scholarship holder (Impulstanz, Vienna, 2016). Worked as a dancer for the National Dance Company Wales (former “Diversions”), participated in projects of Merce Cunnigham and Trisha Brown, studied gaga with Ohad Naharin in Batsheva Dance Company.
In 2009 founded the Contemporary Dance Center in Saint Petersburg and a new dance company Bye Bye Ballet, in which she leads the artistic direction. In 2011 an extraordinary existential performance Marathon was presented under her direction and with her participation: she was dancing for 31 hours in a row without intermission. The show Subatomic Decomposition starring Alice Khazanova became a choreographic discovery of the Diaghilev Festival. Co-creator of a documentary performance Baby Blues (2013), author and director of one-actor shows White Cell (2013) and Bandaged Ophelia (2018). Associate choreographer of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. Staged and choreographed an opera piped piper and the cars in Plovdiv Opera and Ballet Theatre. Participant of Manifest’13 European Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2020.
Choreographer and Dancer. Participant of Young Choreographers’ Competition at Context. Diana Vishneva – 2019. Graduated from the faculty of contemporary dance at Yekaterinburg University of Humanities. Participated in master classes and laboratories in contemporary dance, hip-hop, modern and Jazz-dance conducted by Russian and foreign choreographers, such as Olga Pona, Susan Klein, Wayne MacGregor and others. Worked as a choreographer in Chamber Drama Theatre (Yekaterinburg), as a choreographer and a dancer in Dialogue Dance company (Kostroma), a ballet dancer in Provincial Dances company (Yekaterinburg), as a curator of contemporary dance programs in Yeltsin Center (Yekaterinburg).
Finalist of Tanzcriptsia project at Provincial Dances theatre (2019), contemporary dance programme of Platform project (2013), participant of dance residences in the USA – Fringe Arts (2016) and Dance Omi International Dance (2014), international projects of Imagination Factory (EU – Russia, 2011) and Na grani (Russia – France, 2011). Participant of the festivals: Open Look (Saint-Petersburg), Dance Round Table (Taiwan), Open Space (France), En transit (France), TSEKH (Moscow), On the Edge (Yekaterinburg), Diversion (Kostroma) and others.
Nominee of the National Theatre Award Golden Mask.
Choreographer, director and performer. Finalist of Young Choreographers’ Competition at Context. Diana Vishneva – 2017. Studied contemporary dance through various educational programmes, such as Performance Artistic Research Lab, HSE Art and Design School / Goldsmiths University, interdisciplinary intensive course OverDance, Mind and Movement techniques with Studio Wayne MacGregor, platform Beijing Dance Festival Camp, educational programs of Territory Festival, DASS, Open Look, master-
classes and labs at a number of contemporary dance festivals. His works as a choreographer and director include: physical theatre production Commune. Day Х (2020), interactive on-line show Nobody See (2020), interactive shows Intimacy (2020) and I am Here (2018), stage productions 7.62 (2019), She Will (2018), Aspi (2017), Let’s Meet Where It’s Never Dark (2017), Modus (2016).
Choreographer and a dancer at Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in Moscow. Winner of the Young Choreographers’ Competition at Context. Diana Vishneva – 2015. Graduated from the Moscow State Dance Academy as a dancer and choreographer, took a post-graduate course in the history of scenic arts. Diploma recipient in nomination “choreographer” at Moscow International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers (2009), Winner of Boris Tchaikovsky Award (2015), winner of special prizes at All-Russian and Beijing International competitions of ballet dancers and choreographers.
He participated in choreographers’ projects Faces (the Bolshoi Theatre), Crosspoint (Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre), Dance-platform (Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre). Associate choreographer at Jinushi Kaoru Ballet Company (Japan). Stage works include: Labyrinth for Ballet-Moscow Company (2014), Winter Tale and Signs for Tatewaki Ballet Academy (Japan, 2014, 2016), Variations and Quartet for Crosspoint project (2016), The Cranes’ Rock for Tuva National Dance Ensemble Sayans (2017).
Choreographer and dancer, winner of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award. Finalist and participant of the Yong Choreographer’s Competition at Context. Diana Vishneva – 2018 and 2019. Graduated from the faculty of contemporary dance at Yekaterinburg University of Humanities. Trained at International Residence for choreographers organized by the American Dance Festival (2012), and dance centres in Paris – Royaumont abbey&foundation, L’ étoile du Nord and Caroline Carlson’s studio (2014). As a dancer and choreographer participated in a number of international projects: Na grani with the French company S’poart (2010), Imagination Factory (EU – Russia, 2011), Dance Omi International Dance Collective (USA, 2012), Dance-platform at Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre (2014). Worked as a dancer, a choreographer and a tutor for Dialogue Dance company (Kostroma). In co-operation with Alexander Frolov staged over 20 dance performances for their project Zonk’a, among which: My Love / My Life (2015), A Paper Play, Playground for the Brave (2017), Freedom to the Statue! (2019) and others.
Composer, a graduate from Glinka Conservatoire in Nizhny Novgorod (B. S. Getselev’s class of composition, T. N. Levaya’s class of music studies). Completed internship under the supervision of B. S. Getselev. Senior teacher at the Department of composition and orchestration at the Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatoire. Laureate of the Aksenov Family Foundation programme Russian Music 2.0, 5th International composers’ competition Left Step, a diploma winner of the 6th Yurgenson Young Composers International Competition. His opera Haze Heat (in collaboration with Kirill Shirokov) was noticed by the experts and presented at the national theatre Festival “Golden Mask”. Artistic Director and pianist in NoName Ensemble, the first ensemble in Nizhny Novgorod specializing in contemporary music, initiator and coordinator of The School – the first programme of master classes in new music in Nizhny Novgorod (2013).
Composer, curator. In 2011 graduated from the faculty of composition and in 2014 finished postgraduate studies in the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (class of composition under the supervision of Yury Kasparov, class of electroacoustic music under the supervision of Igor Kefalidi). Artistic director of the International Academy of Young Composers in the town of Tchaikovsky, co-founder and curator of composers’ courses reMusik.org in St Petersburg. Scholarship holder of the International courses in Darmstadt (Germany, 2014), winner of Gaudeamus Young composers’ competition (the Netherlands,
2015), scholarship holder of the Berlin Academy of Art (2018), resident of the International Confederation of electroacoustic music CIME (2019), laureate of Aksenov Family Foundation programme Russian Music 2.0.
Musician, composer. Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics and the faculty of Music of the Moscow State Pedagogical University. Creator and leader of Oili project devoted to world music. As a composer collaborates with theatre directors and choreographers, his works in theatre include: Arbenin in Pokrovka Theatre (2015) directed by Serguei Artsibashev; dance show Elsinore choreographed by Pavel Glukhov (2016), immersive performance Radio Factory (Yaroslavl) staged by А. Andriyashkin and V. Peshkov (2018), Peter Pan. Phantom Vibrations in Meyerkhold Center directed by Roman Fedori and Alexander Andriyashkin (2019), No Performance Tonight in Krasnoyarsk Young Spectator’s Theatre directed by Alexander Andriyashkin (2019), The Looking-Glass at Voronezh Chamber Theatre staged and choreographed by Pavel Glukhov (2019), A Blessed Island in Et Cetera Theatre directed by Mikhail Bychkov (2019), Second Cast for Ballet Moscow choreographed by Artem Ignatyev and Anastasia Kadruleva (2020), Theory of Happiness and Freedom (Experience of Losers) in 1-Teatr (Novosibirsk) directed by Alexander Andriyashkin, Meduza’s Float-Boat in Voronezh Chamber Theatre staged and choreographed by Pavel Glukhov (2020).
Composer, author of chamber, symphonic, chorus and electroacoustic music and music for theatre and films. Graduated from the Music School in Simferopol as a saxophone and oboe player, then continued his education at the Ukraine Tchaikovsky Music Academy, took a master’s degree in Zurich Higher Art School (class of classic and electroacoustic composition). Took a postgraduate course at Graz University of Music and Performing Art (class of Beat Furrer). Alexey’s music works were presented at the Mariinsky Theatre, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, Ukraine National Philharmonic, at festivals of contemporary music such as Drugoje Prostranstvo, Gaudeamus in Utrecht, CIME/ICEM Denton in the USA. Collaborated with Teodor Currentzis and Vladimir Yourovsky, composed music for Maxim Didenko’s production Norma, participated in concerts of electronic music at the opening of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s DAU project in Paris. Award winner of the Drugoje Prostranstvo festival, nominee of the Golden Mask Award for music for the performance Camilla (2018). Since 2021 – a resident of the Foundation for cultural and social initiatives Alma Mater Worldwide.
Composer, musician, improvisator. In 2011- 2013 studied at the Ural State Conservatoire named after M.P. Musorgsky (class of O. V. Viktorova). A graduate of the faculty of composition of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of A. S. Syumak). Laureate of the Aksenov Family Foundation programme Russian Music 2.0, winner of national composers’ competitions. Participated in SOTA Workshop (Institute of Theatre of the Golden Mask festival, project Fancied Folklore in Nizhny Novgorod, in Open Space Laboratory conducted by Rossia ensemble named after L. Zykina. Performs with DeKa art-group (together with Kirill Shirokov and Daniil Pilchen) and in Boris Yukhananov’s project Asinus aureus at Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. Resident composer at Hellerau European Center of Art (2020).
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.