Diana Vishneva's CONTEXT Festival Comes To London For One Night Only

Diana Vishneva's CONTEXT Festival Comes To London For One Night Only

Having taken Moscow and Saint Petersburg by storm Diana Vishneva's CONTEXT Festival starts its international tour in London in spring 2019. The audience will have a unique and extremely rare opportunity to see Diana Vishneva perform on a London stage. CONTEXT Festival will perform at Sadler's Wells Theatre on Tuesday 12th March 2019.

One of the greatest ballet dancers of our time, Diana is the founder and art director of the CONTEXT festival, prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre, guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre and ex-principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.

Having retired from American Ballet Theatre in 2017, performing Onegin with the company one last time, (accompanied by her longtime partner Marcelo Gomes), Vishneva went on to open a ballet studio in her home city, St. Petersburg CONTEXT Pro, in September of that year before taking a short break in her hectic diary to give birth to her son. Her return to London marks the first time her celebrated CONTEXT Festival will perform in the UK.

The CONTEXT Festival programme will include:

VERTIGO: Together with her regular partner and friend Marcelo Gomes, one of top male dancers in the world, Russian prima Diana Vishneva will present Vertigo by Mauro Bigonzetti.

NUREYEV: Excerpts from Kirill Serebrennikov's ballet Nureyev that premiered on the main stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in December 2017. A story of the prodigious dancer, who fled USSR for the West, has been adapted by director Kirill Serebrennikov, a daring force of Russian avant-garde theatre.

ASUNDER: The UK premiere of Asunder - a special production commissioned by the CONTEXT festival in 2017, staged by renowned Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero with the best dancers of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre to the music of Wagner, Chopin and contemporary composer Owen Belton.

For full programme notes and biographies, please see accompanying documents

A carefully curated program of dance productions by a new generation of choreographers who are shaping contemporary Russian dance scene. London audiences will see the works by the winners of Context Lab competition, including Vladimir Varnava, Olga Vasilieva, Konstantin Keikhel and Pavel Glukhov. These internationally recognized Russian names feature in jury panels of top international theatrical awards, while their dance works can be seen as part of repertoires of musical theatres in Russia and around the world.

"The productions you see at Diana Vishneva's CONTEXT festival are edge and essence: the cutting edge of the world-class contemporary choreography and the essence of the leading dance festival in the country" - Afisha Publishing House.

M.ART is a non-profit, non-governmental cultural organization that showcases contemporary Russian culture in London, New York and Tel Aviv.

Photo Credit: Mark Olich

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