Discussions on Performance. Episode 5: Framework, Community, Solidarity

Discussions on Performance. Episode 5: Framework, Community, SolidarityDiscussions on Performance. Episode 5: Framework, Community, Solidarity


The speakers will discuss how those involved in the performance and contemporary dance industry can work and act together.

In the past two years, the art community has seen a new wave of efforts aimed at unity, from congresses and meetings to professional and activist movements, from self-organized platforms to institutional initiatives, and from online groups to offline rallies. What can unite people: is it values, economic interests, or artistic goals? Is there a community of contemporary dancers and performers in Russia? And if so, how is it shaped?

Moderator — Dasha Demekhina

Participants: Dina Hussein, Anton Vdovichenko, Sasha Obukhova, Anastasia Mityushina


Dasha Demekhina is a performance theory scholar, curator, co-founder of the Bureau of Performative Rituals, author of the Zhizn kak performans [Life as Performance] podcast on Storytel 

Dina Hussein is a choreographer and dance activist. She graduated in Ballet from the Choreographic Lyceum (Moscow), Dance Academy Rotterdam, and EX.E.R.CE program in experimental choreography (France) under tutor Mathilde Monnier. Since 2005, Hussein has been producing works in the realm of contemporary dance, performance, and contemporary art. Often involved in collaborations with artists, directors and theorists, she also initiates her own platforms, festivals, and research projects. Recipient of scholarships from Jardin d’Europe, DanceWEB, and American Dance Festival. She has worked with renowned choreographers as a dancer, including Tino Sehgal, Loïc Touzé, Anouk van Dijk, Philippe Jamet, Regis Obadia, etc. Her own pieces have participated in many European, American, and Russian dance festivals. Based in France since 2009, Hussein visits Moscow while working on projects there.

Anton Vdovichenko is a choreographer, dancer, pedagogue, and curator at SDVIG Studio of Performance Arts (St. Petersburg). He graduated in Drama Theater and Film Acting from Lev Erenburg’s course at the Baltic University of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (2011). In 2012–2013, Vdovichenko worked at Okno Dance Company, and in 2016 presented his own pieces (the performances Breed and The Most Magical Flower) developed in collaboration with Nischebrodsky Festival at Skorokhod, St. Petersburg. Since 2014, he has been directing the project TechnoLaboratory—a group of artists who have performed in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kostroma. He has collaborated as a dancer in all sessions and performances of the spectacle-laboratory Deistvie (Action, a project run by Alexandra Konnikova). In 2017, Vdovichenko started working at SDVIG Studio of Performance Arts.

Sasha Obukhova is curator of Garage Archive Collection at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. From 1993 to 1996, she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow and from 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Researcher at the State Tretyakov Gallery. In 2004, she became a founding member and director of the Art Project Foundation, where she established the Archive of Contemporary Russian Art. She has also written extensively on Russian contemporary art. 

Anastasia Mityushina is an art historian, curator of the public program at Garage.

how to take part

Admission is free.

The discussion will be broadcast on YouTube.