From 20 to 26 April, Dovzhenko Centre Art Cluster will host Zelyonka Fest 1.6, which will present six performances of well-known western dance theaters from the UK, Norway, Poland, Lithuania, as well as a joint Ukrainian-Spanish project. Traditionally, the festival will hold a competition of young choreographers and a showcase of the most outstanding Ukrainian works.
This year, the main venue of the festival is DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster (1 Vasylkivska St.). It will host six days of the festival: a presentation of the Videodance project, a program of contemporary dance performances, a program of the Ukrainian dance platform and a young choreographers competition.
The International Program will open with the performance THERE from a Norwegian dance theatre company JO STRØMGREN KOMPANI (JSK). This performance has been drawing capacity audiences all over the world for 13 years. It tells a story of Soviet dissidents who have been given an opportunity to say goodbye to their past. The focus here is on the internal struggle of man, on a difficult choice between the familiar, albeit deeply hated, past and the totally unknown future, which, in turn, inspires fear. The vivid, at times comic images add lightheartedness to the performance and stay with the viewer for a long time. The show will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at 20:00, on the premises of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster, on the 5th floor.
On Thursday, April 21, you can see a joint Ukrainian-Spanish production, ADUR. This work, created by Jorge Jauregui Allue in co-operation with Ukrainian dancers, is devoted to the power that every person is born with. This power not only provides people with vital force, but also connects them with one another. Some people retain it, while others lose it, losing with it the value of humanity in their lives. This sincere and dynamic production is dedicated to finding answers to the question: what kind of power is it and how does one retain it? The show will take place on the premises of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster, on the 5th floor, at 20:00.
The next performance is Sławomir Krawczynski’s Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams – one of the most striking works of the Polish Dance Platform. It is a new interpretation of the legendary ballet to the music of Igor Stravinsky. This one-man production takes you on a journey through different states of mind of Vaslav Nijinsky, on the one hand a legendary innovator of dance, on the other – a strong and sensitive individual with an adverse fate. You can see the production on Friday, April 22, at 20:00, on the premises of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster, on the 5th floor.
On Saturday, April 23, the evening program will open with the second production of Padi Dapi Fish dance theatre from Lithuania, Dior in Moscow. The show raises an interesting topic of women’s identity in the post-Soviet environment. Does it still exist and to what extent? What exactly is it? How different are gender roles of women from the East and from the West? How did the specific role of a Soviet woman transform into the countless roles of our contemporaries? The performance will be shown on the premises of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster, on the 5th floor, at 19:00.
In the same concert block, Dior in Moscow will be followed by an improvisation performance from Katya Popova and Sasha Kozin, 8 BITS. The Russian-American team of choreographers aims to use art to create stronger bonds between people whose countries are in a state of conflict. 8 BITS asks the fast-paced modern society, “How do we interact and learn?” It creates a visceral dialogue between the spoken language, body language and computer programming language, both revealing their differences and exploring the process of understanding.
On Sunday, April 24, at 19:00, on the premises of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster, the program will continue with a dance company from the UK, IGOR & MORENO. Their work Idiot-Syncrasy is a very positive performance that passes on to the viewer a great mood and a feeling of happiness. Through singing and dancing, Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas accumulate positive emotions and share them with the audience. They aim to draw attention to what every one of us already has – a body and a voice.
On Monday, April 25, a dance theatre from the UK, Loguidice Dance Company, will present its new production, Wild. During the performance, four dancers approach the physical sense of life through a story of love, loss and sacrifice. Its sculptural and poetic choreography carries the viewer over to the dark side of an almost surreal experience. This work shows what it means to seek answers both at the spiritual and the physical levels, exploring the boundaries of beauty and the fragility of human existence. The performance will start at 20:00 on the premises of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster.
In addition to showing foreign works and the Ukrainian showcase program, Zelyonka Fest 1.6 is going to continue its tradition of holding a young choreographers competition. Experience shows that it is, on the one hand, an excellent opportunity for young artists to make a name for themselves, and on the other – to demonstrate to the international dance community the rapidly growing potential of Ukraine. You can see the works of the youth on Saturday, April 23, at 12:00, at Plivka art space of DOVZHENKO CENTRE Art Cluster.
Traditionally, the festival will host an active program of workshops, lectures and discussions. Ukrainian and foreign choreographers will hold their presentation workshops to talk about their approach to creating dance. There will be special classes for professionals, beginners as well as children and teenagers. Besides, three panel discussions will be held as part of the Ukrainian showcase.