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Zelyonka Fest - V International Festival of Contemporary Dance Theatre (Kyiv, Ukraine)
V International Festival of Contemporary Dance Theatre Zelyonka Fest 1.5 will be held in Kyiv from 16 to 19 April 2015.This year the main venues of the festival will be the small and big stages of the Bravo theatre (79 Olesya Gonchara Str).
For five years Zelyonka Fest has grown from internal event of Ukrainian professionals to a fully International Festival.
"One of the most important objectives of the festival is to make Ukraine a part of the international dance community. It’s absolutely necessary for a progressive development of contemporary dance in Ukraine. And we are succeeding." - says Anton Ovchinnikov, the festival's author and co-organizer ‑ "Thanks to our international partners, for the first time Ukraine was introduced to the biggest European fair of contemporary dance Tanzmesse NRW in Dusseldorf, Germany."
The program of performances of Zelyonka Fest 1.5 is going to be saturated. The Festival will be opened with “Sacred spring,” a new performance of a Kyiv choreographer Christina Shishkareva with music by Igor Stravinski. In the second part there will be a performance with the participation of Ukrainian dancers, under Da Soul Chung, Korean choreographer who works in Germany with different Dance Companies.
The second day is filled with Lithuanian and Ukrainian projects. Arts Printing House (Lithuania) will present it's ironic work on the nature of contemporary dance named "Contemporary?" The Ukrainian dance project M.O.S.T. will perform "The One who whispers,” a thought provoking piece focusing on the opportunities a man has received or lost with the ability to speak. The authors of the performance are Ukrainian choreographers, performers and dancers Anton Ovchinnikov (Zelyonka Fest co-organizer) and Anton Safonov.
On Saturday Zelyonka Fest will offer a double portion of Ukrainian contemporary dance. In the afternoon (at 14:00) there will be a presentation of performances created for the program “Position 2015” under the direction of Viktor Ruban. The second part (at 19:00) will be devoted to the best works of Ukrainian choreographers: Irina Plotnikova, Buchok Art Family, Yulia Danilenko, Anton Safonov, Ruslan Baranov.
The guests from Poland and Belarus will perform at the end of the festival. Lublin Dance Theatre - one of the oldest and most popular contemporary dance theatres in Poland will come with the play "The stories we did not tell anyone." Belarusians of SKVO’S dance company with their dance performance “Subject Talk” promise to turn the viewers into participators of the play.
Traditionally, there will also be a competition for young choreographers, master classes of team leaders, and members of the jury will be held. A series of lectures of foreign experts will be held. In particular, Laurent Van Kote, an international consultant of French Ministry of Culture will talk about the development of contemporary dance and dance community in France. Polish experts Grzegorz Kondrasyuk from the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska and Ryszard Kalinowski of the Lublin Dance Theatre will give a lecture on “Contemporary dance in Poland – an inside look.” At the end of the festival European critics and Ukrainian choreographers will gather to discuss the search for the own path of development for the Ukrainian contemporary dance.
The audience of the festival is changing and growing. At first there were some hundreds of dancers and choreographers and more than two thousand of viewers in 2014.
"Our audience is constantly growing and becoming more diverse. This is a very important indicator for both Ukrainian society and the festival. The ability to perceive contemporary art is an indicator of the level of social development. This suggests that we are not becoming numb in our beliefs and attitudes, and are able to hear and see the world in a variety of its forms and styles, ask questions to ourselves and others," says Elena Lobova, Zelenka Festus 1.5 co-organizer.