International Contemporary Dance Festival

Unlike the previous DanceInversions, this year’s festival is a TRIBUTE. It was conceived as an INTRODUCTION to the bicentenary of Marius Petipa. Some may find it strange that a festival of contemporary dance that has for nearly 20 years been promoting the most hardcore and iconic choreographers who create the most unusual dances (Trisha Brown and Doug Varone, Jan Fabre and Édouard Lock, Josef Nadj and Angelin Preljocaj, Lemi Ponifasio and Sasha Waltz, Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Paul Lightfoot and Alexander Ekman, Jo Strømgren and Shen Wei) would make a tribute to a genius of classical ballet such as Petipa. But it is well-known that his Swan Lake, The Nutcracker<, The Sleeping Beauty were opposed in a very creative way and gave start to complex dance inversions. To name but a few, one can remember the gorgeous provocative interpretations by Mats Ek which revolutionized our knowledge of traditional ballet works. And one thing stays true: the world of pointe and the world of bare feet are both inconceivable without their new versions of Petipa’s legendary ballets, without the artistic conversations these ballets induce between those two worlds.

This is why this year’s program includes La belle by Jean-Christophe Maillot, The Nutcracker by Christian Spuck fresh from its Zurich premiere, and a most unusual Swan Lake from Ireland choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan – a modern reminiscence of the much-loved story.

The festival will also see the return of the great dance and choreographer Emio Greco who participated in the very first DanceInversion of 1999. His Le Corps du Ballet created in tandem with the choreographer Pieter C. Scholten is revolves around the questions of the body in ballet and what the body of the ballet is.

And of course, the festival will continue with its tradition of introducing NEW choreographers and cultures to the Russian audience, and presenting new shows that UNITE different cultures, genres and techniques. Sweden, Ireland and Cuba will appear here for the first time, and the hot contemporary dance of the Cubans will be as virtuoso as the classical ballet danced by the island’s soloists. The impeccable Jessica Lang, creator of elegant and intense dances based on her inspirations from architecture, paintings and video art, will also take her U.S. company to the festival. Jacopo Godani of Germany, an heir and a visionary interpreter of Forsythe’s dancing style, will present his Dresden/Frankfurt-based company. The perfect Rocío Molina will make a fantastical fuse of flamenco and modern drama, as well a fuse of dance and music, in her full-fledged show Bosque Ardore. The Ballet National de Marseille will make their festival debut, and Emio Greco will himself appear in his company’s Bolero – a fierce, emotional and powerful take on Ravel’s music.

Irina Chernomurova

Artistic Director & Producer of the Festival