Lecture Artistic Communication in Contemporary Dance by Tatyana Gordeyeva


From 3 April 2016


1:00–3:00 pm


Garage Auditorium
Lecture Artistic Communication in Contemporary Dance by Tatyana GordeyevaLecture Artistic Communication in Contemporary Dance by Tatyana Gordeyeva


This lecture will focus on the interaction between contemporary dance practices and public spaces.

In the 20th century the body became “our general medium for having a world” (Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception), which invited new, body-centric forms of artistic communication. We have witnessed the emergence of new categories of thinking beyond interpretation and verbalization. As Jean-Luc Nancy wrote in Corpus, “There is nothing about a body to figure out—except this, that the figure of a body is that body itself, unfigured and unfurled.” The focus on the body, kinetic art, muscular bonding, and the wisdom of the body as a guide define new contemporary dance practices, which allow for new ways of communication between the bodies of the dancers and the audience.


Tatyana Gordeyeva is a choreographer, stage director, and contemporary dance teacher. She graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choreography in 1990 and the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2016 with a master’s degree in the theory and history of art.

From 1990 to 1999, she was a dancer at the Kremlin Palace Ballet. In 1997 she received the French ADAMI award at an international Seine-Saint-Denis dance contest in Paris.

Gordeyeva has been teaching at the Vaganova Ballet Academy since 2009 and has been the head of their Contemporary Dance Practices master’s program (previously known as Research and Creative Lab of Contemporary Dance) since 2013. Since last year, she has also been teaching dance at the St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy.

From 2001 to 2014 she was active at the TSEKH dance and performance center and developed the program for its summer school.

She is a 1st dan in Ki aikido, Moscow Club of the British Ki Society.