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Interiorisation III Performance

21–22 November 2015


Garage is calling for volunteers to take part in the Interiorisation III performance. We are ideally looking for amateur singers, but professionals are also welcome to apply. Participants should be aged 15 or older. 

As part of the NET (New European Theater) Festival, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art invites visitors to witness the interiorisation of the Museum's Atrium Space. Interiorisation III is the third in a series of performances aimed at exploring space through art. The world "interiorisation" derives from the Latin interior, meaning "from the outside inward." In psychology, interiorisation stands for the transformation of external actions or events into the internal space and the formation of the unconscious. 

Garage's interiorisation is a study of the building's history and environment through simultaneous vocal compositions, where music defines the volume of the space by revealing the structure of its architectural elements and voids. Improvised scenery and costumes are used in place decoration, a conventional script, or a pre-written score.

The preparation for the performance will take place in several stages. The first is vocal workshops based on the voice release method developed by the New York University professor and singer Lisa Sokolov. The workshops will be conducted by her student, singer and performer Alexey Kohanov. This methodology helps to unleash the singing potential of participants of any background and to teach them the basics of vocal improvisation. The second stage is a series of sessions led by choreographer and performer Sonya Levin, dedicated to movement skills. Lastly, artist and director Vera Martynov will provide master classes on visual culture.

Organized by Anastasia Mityushina


Alexey Kohanov is a singer and performer, a member of the Dmitry Grymov Laboratory at Moscow's School Of Drama Art theater, and an actor at the Polish theater in Moscow; the Klang 21 creative community in Salzburg, Austria; and the independent opera company Bang-up! in Ghent, Belgium. He underwent training at the Flanders Opera Studio in 2013, and received the Erasmus scholarship for studying at the Conservatoire de Paris in 2012. He was also awarded a grant by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation and won the Premio Oratorio prize at the Musica Sacra contest in Rome in 2010. Kohanov has a Master of Arts degree from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

Vera Martynov is an artist and director. She graduated from the Scenography department of the Russian Academy of Theater Art (RATI/ GITIS) in 2008. Since 2015, she has worked as an independent artist, collaborating with various theaters, museums, and galleries. From 2012 to 2015, she was the main stage designer at the Gogol Center and assisted its chief director Kirill Serebrennikov in the renovation of the theater. She is the co-founder of the Dmitry Grymov Laboratory, where she worked as scenographer, costume designer, and performative artist from 2004 to 2013. Martynov was also a resident at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center (2012, 2013). She has multiple awards to her name, including the Golden Triga of the Prague Quadrennial, the Edinburgh International Art Festival award (with the Dmitry Grymov Laboratory), and the Golden Masque award for Best Set Designer . Martynov teaches at the School-Studio MHAT, the Russian Academy of Theater Art (RATI/ GITIS), and the British Higher School of Design in Moscow.




Sonya Levin is a choreographer and performer. She studied in Moscow, as well as at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. She has worked with multiple choreographers and dance companies in Russia and Europe. Since 2008, she has staged her own choreographic pieces, many of which have been shown at some of the most important contemporary dance festivals in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Russia, the UK, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, among other locations. Her work The Day Before won her the Best Dance Performer award at the ACT Festival in Bilbao, Spain, in 2012, and she received the DanceWEB scholarship from Jardin d’Europe in 2013. As a choreographer, she has contributed to the theatrical productions of Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Ballhaus Ost and Dock 11 (Berlin, Germany) and has worked at a number of Moscow theaters. Since 2012, she has been a jury member of Berlin's Lucky Trimmer short dance festival.


Saturday, November 21

20:00–20:45  Garage Atrium

Interiorisation III performance


Sunday, November 22

18:00–18:45  Garage Atrium

Interiorisation III performance



Free admission, registration required

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