The final event of the project on contemporary dance and dance criticism, initiated by the Isadorino Gore dance cooperative, will be held as a hybrid of a science slam and an evening of dance performances. The winner will be determined by the audience.
From July 16 to July 20, Russian and foreign experts in contemporary dance have delivered workshops to students selected by open call from all over Russia, and given public lectures for the wider audience. Now they will show their own works and analytical methods. Each performer will demonstrate his or her unique artistic strategy and technique.
The programme teachers will show three fifteen-minute performances, and critics will offer their interpretations. Audience members are invited not only to see the artistic practices of the performers Elena Demyanenko, Anna Kravchenko, and Fernando Belfiore, but also choose one of the analytical methods they prefer.
We suggest broad interpretation as the criterion of judging the competition: the interpretation, openness to the user, and how much it inspires independent research.
For Elena Demyanenko, the body is a space where opposites meet and interact, and ideas and truths are endlessly tested and challenged. Her goal is to turn the body into a decision-maker. Anna Kravchenko's method is based on improvisational movements and the somatic perception of dance. Fernando Belfiore focuses on immersion in the unconscious. Contemporary dance researchers and theorists Charlotte Imbault, Anna Volkland, and Anna Kozonina will offer their versions of how to decipher the artists' images immediately after the performances.
The final battle will include the following performances:
- Elena Demyanenko. Carnival, 2018. 15 minutes
- Anna Kravchenko. Faces, 2018. 20 minutes
- Fernando Belfiore. Cave, 2018. 15 minutes
The Silent Period, a joint project of the Isadorino Gore dance cooperative and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, is a program of workshops on contemporary dance, performance and their analysis, aiming to expand the understanding of live art practices.
Garage Live is a program of performances, music and theater events, and contemporary dance pieces. In the Museum’s 10th anniversary year, Garage Live aims to provide a visitor experience which draws on sensory rather than analytical perception. The Garage Live program was initiated in 2012 to acknowledge the value of live experience and present the Museum as a public space which feeds upon the ethics of empathy.
Anna Volkland’s visit to Russia is supported by Goethe-Institut.