Information about authors for 2017

Natalia Kuryumova — russian music and dance critic. Lives in Ural. Senior teacher of contemporary dance studies of Ural Humanitarian University. Candidate of Cultural Studies. Member of the advisory board of the National Theatre Award «Golden Mask». Dissertation topic: Contemporary dance in the culture of the XX century (2011)

Ekaterina Vasenina — russian dance critic. Lives in Moscow. Author and editor of the books «Russian contemporary dance. Dialogues» (2005) and «Contemporary dance and body experiments at the post-Soviet space» (2013), audiobook DanceTalks (2016). Member of the advisory board of the National Theatre Award «Golden Mask». PR of contemporary dance performances at Culture centre ZIL ( Postgraduated student of SIAS. Theme of scientific work: «Russian contemporary dance: genezis and features».

Ekaterina Zharinova — contemporary dance artist, curator, and currently an MFA candidate in dance at The George Washington University. Lives in Yekaterinburg. Runs ‘Small-format’ festival of contemporary dance there. Research interests — dance in intersection with mathematics and technology.

Elena Yushkova is author of the book Plastika preodoleniya (Plastique of the Overcoming: notes on the history of Russian plastique theater, 2009) and has written more than twenty academic articles on Isadora Duncan, published in Russia, Germany, Norway, Canada, and Poland. Lives in Vologda. She was a scholar in residence at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. (2007–2008), investigating Isadora Duncan’s influence on Russian art and mentality.

Maria Sheshukova graduated magister program «Science & creative studies of contemporary dance» at Vaganova Ballet Academy. Nowadays she is freelance choreographer at St. Petersburg, Russia.

Anna Kozonina — russian journalist and editor. Lives in Nizhny Novgorod. Chief editor of the local online journal Organizer of cultural events and educational courses on contemporary culture in Nizhny Novgorod. After several years of chaotic dance practice found her interest in writing about dance as a part of contemporary art.

Yevgenia Kostandoglo — russian dancer, student of Musical Theatre College by Galina Vishnevskaya. Lives in Moscow.

Dr. Svetlana Ryzhakova, leading research fellow, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology. Russian Academy of Science. Member of Indian Anthropological Society, member of European Assosiation of Social Anthropologists. Lives in Moscow.

Plokhova Daria — dance artist, choreographer, contemporary dance teacher, Master of Arts. Graduated Vaganova Ballet Academy. Sinсe 2012 work in own dance cooperative Isadorino gore with colleague Alexandra Portyannikova. Head of children’s company Dance Theater ZIL. Lives in Moscow and Yaroslavl.

Ekaterina Stegniy — choreographer, teacher of contemporary dance, dancer. In 2015 graduated from RATI-GITIS, before this she studied at the Moscow University of Culture and Arts, graduating in 2007. Trained at the Summer film Academy of Nikita Mikhalkov (2014), British higher school of design (2014 — 2015), summer school Open look, SHOP, MEDITERRANEO DANCE FESTIVAL and Brodway Dance Center and Harmonic Studio (Paris), etc. At the moment (2017), study of the educational system for contemporary dance in Europe and Israel. In future she want to implement the project «Professional school of contemporary dance» in Moscow.

Anna Pestereva — graduated Altai State Academy of culture and arts (Barnaul), department of contemporary dance and magister program «Science & creative studies of contemporary dance» at Vaganova Ballet Academy (St-Petersburg, 2015). Dance artist, choreographer, teacher, now lives in Moscow.

Sasha Portyannikova – dance artist, choreographer and performer. Graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy (contemporary dance? department). Co-founder of the dance cooperative Isadorino Gore ( Participant of the scholarship program of the Russian Ministry of Culture and of several international scholarship programs (residences in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany). Cooperations with Amnesty International, Goethe Institute, Pro Helvetia Foundation, V-A-C Foundation, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art and other. Teacher and Project Manager in the Center of Contemporary Dance and Performance TSEKH. Most recent field of interest: social choreography (interventions in public spaces).

Arina Dolgikh — graduated RATI-GITIS (Theatre history and Criticism). Theme of scientific work: «Social critics in french contemporary dance: from fact to image». Lives in Moscow and Paris, starts to study Master’s programme in The Department of Theatre of University Paris VIII.

Olga Korshakova – Russian theatre critic, radio journalist, interviewer, producer of Russian theatre company “Liquid Theatre”. Born and lives in Moscow. 2006 – 2017 author and presenter in weekly radio talk-show “Others in the city”, Radio Culture. Author and presenter of creative educational programs for children and teenagers. 2017 – a member of the advisory board of the “Russian Look” festival. 2000 — 2006 PR-manager, manager for development at Dance Theatre Agency “Tsekh”.

Elena Grebenyuk — graduated Faculty of Psychology of Moscow State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Worked as a child psychologist and business coach. Currently Elena consults at the Center for Psychological Support of the Higher School of Economics, conduct group sessions and private practice. Links:,

Ekaterina Tchadina — dance artist, choreographer, performer, French teacher, Master of Performing Arts. Graduated in Vaganova Ballet Academy (2017). Sinсe 2016 makes part in art group «next stop» with Katya Pomelova and Zhenya Yakhina. Resident of dance and performance stage STANTSIA in Kostroma. Lives in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

Nadezhda Lebedeva is an interpreter, journalist and a dance writer. Graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Linguistic University (Interpreting and Translation, 2012) and Manchester University (Fashion Theory, 2017). Wrote her thesis about fashion show as a performative genre, where she analysed its history, terminology and semantics.