Information about authors for 2018

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. Lives in Yekaterinburg.

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 and S-Peterburg. 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.

Margarita Moyzhes is a well-known expert, manager and promoter in the field of art and culture. Her competence in organizing tours, participating and managing various art projects, and expertise in contemporary dance make her one of the most successful Russian art managers and producers. Margarita Moyzhes’ professional activities are also related to preparing and carrying out different cultural and artistic events; her considerable experience in intermediation of cultural exchange contributes to her professional career. From 1992 till 2002 she was the director of «Contemporary Dance Centre» in Volgograd. Working there she organized different projects in the sphere of contemporary dance, such as international contemporary dance festivals, scientific conferences and educational projects. In 2002 Margarita was offered a job as an executive producer of the International Contemporary Dance Festival «Danceinversion» at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theatre, where she worked till 2008. In 2004 Margarita moved to Germany. Margarita Moyzhes has been the head of “MM Art Line” theatre agency since 2008. From 2009 till 2011 she was the agent of the Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT) representing it on the territory of Russia. Though Margarita has Germany as her permanent place of living, she continues to make her own projects on the territory of Russia. For example, in 2010 she began the project International Contemporary Dance Laboratory which takes place annually in Chelyabinsk (Russia, the Urals). Margarita Moyzhes is a co-founder of the World Dance Alliance (WDA) in Europe; she was an expert committee member at various Russian and international contests of contemporary dance such as at the Nijinsky Awards, Monaco Dance Forum (2002 and 2004), a member of the International Committee “Recontres Choreographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis”; a producer of the Russian Dance Platform. Margarita Moyzhes has organized several tours of the following companies: “C de la Be”, “La La La Human Steps”, “Stephen Petronio Co”, “Montalvo Company”, “Hubbard Dance Company”, “Galili Dance” in Russia. Lives in Dusseldorf  (Germany).