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Evening of Contemporary Choreography 2021

In 2021, the FESTIVAL presents a new format of supporting young Russian choreographers.

From 2013 to 2020, the Young Choreographers Competition had been the main agent of the Context.Diana Vishneva festival. The competition started as a small experimental project and grew into an independent branch of the festival with its own structure, program and audience. The aim of the competition was to find, support and develop promising young talents in the world of contemporary choreography in Russia. Every year, applications from all over the country were reviewed. The finalists created choreography sketches and presented them to the audience in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In 2021, the Context.Diana Vishneva festival decided to present a new format - an Evening of Contemporary Russian Choreography. The Festival invites participants and finalists of the Competition of the past years to prove themselves and present larger-scale works. Young artists get new opportunities for creative growth: cooperation with leading venues in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as technical support for their projects.

This year, three Russian choreographers were given the opportunity to create and present their works: Ernest Nurgali, winner of the 2020 Competition for Young Choreographers, Anna Schekleina, finalist and participant of the Competition in 2018 and 2019, and Olga Labovkina, winner of 2017. The Evening will feature three one-act pieces created for the festival in collaboration with Russian and foreign composers, artists, and set designers.

The competition for young choreographers does not cease to exist - it is going to transform into other forms of support and development of talented artists. The process of searching for new names will continue. This will be facilitated by various festival programs, in particular, Context open - an initiative aimed at finding unique projects in the field of dance.

Ernest Nurgali graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov with a degree in choreography and stage directing in 2018.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize of the Tallinn International Ballet Competition (TIBC, 2018). 1st degree laureate of the LINE UP Contemporary Choreography Festival from the International Dance Center (Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, 2019).

Trained as a guest at the Ballett am Rhein Theater (Dusseldorf, Germany). Took master classes on Merce Cunningham's technique, Ohad Naharin's Gaga movement language, Marco Goecke's choreographic vocabulary, and studied Wayne McGregor's Mind and Movement method.

Winner of the Competition for young choreographers of the Context festival. Diana Vishneva 2020.

Founder and choreographer of the Nurgali Dance Company.

Since 2018, Ernest has been teaching contemporary dance at the Diana Vishneva Studio Context. Takes part in Russian and international festivals, competitions and creative projects as a member of the jury, teacher and choreographer.

Ernest Nurgali
Anna Shchekleina is a choreographer, dancer, co-founder of the Zonk'a dance project (together with Alexander Frolov), laureate of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award. Finalist and participant of the Competition of young choreographers of the Context festival. Diana Vishneva 2018 and 2019.

Graduated from the Faculty of Contemporary Dance at the Humanitarian University in Yekaterinburg. Trained at the International Residence for Choreographers of the American Dance Festival (2012), at the dance centers of Paris "Royaumont abbey & foundation", "L''étoile du Nord" and Atelier Caroline Carlson (2014).

As a dancer and choreographer, she participated in international projects: "Na grani" of the French company "S'poart" (2010), "Imagination factories" (EU - Russia, 2011), "Dance Omi International Dance Collective" (USA, 2012) , "Dance Platform" of the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre (2014). She worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher at Dialogue Dance, Kostroma. Together with Alexander Frolov, they have staged more than 20 dance performances and performances for their project Zonk'a. Among them: "My Love / My Life" (2015), "Paper Play", "Playground for the Brave" (2017), "Freedom for a Statue!" (2019) and others.
Anna Shekleina
Olga Labovkina - dance artist, choreographer and director.

Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (Saint Petersburg), MA "Scientific and creative laboratory compositions of modern forms of dance" (2011-2013).

From 2008 to 2018, founder and artistic director of the KARAKULI Dance Theater (Minsk, Belarus). Pieces created there were presented at the Susanne Dellal Center (Tel Aviv, Israel), Teatri de Vita (Bologna, Italy), Monsun Theater (Hamburg, Germany), the Center. Meyerhold (MOSCOW), Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre.

As a dancer and choreographer, she created projects at the residences of the KORZO Art Production Company (Netherlands), Vitlycke - Center for Performing Arts (Sweden), reSITE & KUNSTrePUBLIK - Center for Art and Urbanistik (Germany), Ponec Theater (Czech Republic). As a guest choreographer she collaborated with Tanzcompagnie Giessen (Germany), Zurich University of Arts (Switzerland), Krasnodar Regional Musical Theatre (Russia).

Winner of the Competition for young choreographers of the Context festival. Diana Vishneva 2017.

Olga Labovkina