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© Photo Yulia Tuganova / Courtesy of Tseh

Daring dance

by Joy Neumeyer at 28/11/2011 19:01

TsEKh Center for Contemporary Dance Performance’s International Dance Theater Festival

Dec. 1-11 at Project Fabrika’s Aktovy Zal, Perevedenovsky Per. 18, prokhod 1, m. Baumanskaya, www.aktzal.ru; and Winzavod, 1 Syromyatnichesky Per., bldg. 6, m. Kurskaya, www.winzavod.ru
For full schedule, see www.tsekh.ru

The innovative Center for Contemporary Dance Performance is presenting its eclectic annual festival combining modern dance with theater, multimedia and live music. Though the fest usually serves up the best of Russian dance theater from the past year, for its 11th incarnation it’s mixing things up with a program entitled “2 +2”: half the performances are by Russian companies, while the other half are Italian or Polish.

The biggest draw is a new performance of an old hit by Provincial Dances of Yekaterinburg. Tatyana Baganovaya’s staging of Stravinsky’s 1923 ballet with vocals, “The Wedding,” won a Golden Mask award in 2000. It chronicles a couple’s courtship up to a Slavic wedding ritual in which the groom cuts off his bride’s hair. Provincial Dances will perform Baganovaya’s version, which infuses Stravinsky’s tale with modern rap beats, on Dec. 3 and 4.

Other highlights include “Subito Forte” by Liquid Theater, a group based in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Chelyabinsk. “Subito Forte” is a “silent interdisciplinary play” which portrays Homer’s “Odyssey“ with movement inspired by Greek classical sculpture and Stalinist-era Soviet art. On Dec. 3 and 4, the performance is to unfold on a sand-covered stage with live music by guitar, drums and other instruments.

Italian duo Zerogrammi’s collaboration with Kostroma’s Dialogue Dance offers a fresh take on an ancient myth on Dec. 1 and 2. “Punto di Guga” recounts the bloody power struggle between twin brothers Atreus and Thyestes, with elements of Quentin Tarantino. Zerogrammi’s “Pasto a Due” on Dec. 10 and 11 depicts the second half of the story.

Other performances include Polish dancer Alexandra Borys’s “Lost in the Details,” inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Sad Tropics,” from Florence choreographer Virgilio Sieni, incorporating ritual dance, masks and body paint to show the decline of Brazilian tribes.

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