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Contemporary Dance in Russia

“Contemporary dance in Russia is about the same age as Gorbachev’s “Perestroika.” To a great extent it was because of “Perestroika” that Russian contemporary dance was called into being and proved to be in tune with it: demolition of classical dance traditions through contemporary dance echoed in demolition of totalitarian state body. While construction of new elites, communities and aesthetics were undergoing under direct influence of the political climate. Gorbachev's Perestroika and Derrida's deconstruction that came into Russia one after another, became the cornerstones for contemporary art dissemination in the country.” - Ekaterina Vasenina, the author of the book Russia’s Contemporary Dance. Dialogues, thinks that.

The following selection of Vasenina’s publications intends to give the reader a glimpse of contemporary dance as a performing arts genre and features of its development in the present-day Russia.

These include:

Contemporary Dance in Russia
Yesterday's Expectations and Today's Mindset

Contemporary Dance Festivals in Russia
How and Why, Problems and Prospects

Just Smile and Wave
Russian-European festival “Intradance”: Why and What For

Heels Together
Contemporary Dance at the Golden Mask Festival

Download a single PDF publication which conveniently includes all of the above articles and is complemented by Dance Festivals Mapping in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS and the Baltics.

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