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Factories of The Imagination Festival

Dear friends!
Welcome to the Factories of the Imagination, a Russian-European festival in the field of contemporary performing arts. The festival is a final stage of the project that was initiated by five Russian and European independent cultural centers in 2010 and supported by the European Union. Since 2010 they’ve been creating co-productions and programmes of cultural exchange, holding professional meetings in sphere of performing arts.

We are glad to present you a festival program which is concentrated on cultural exchange and on creation of co-productions in performing arts. Contemporary art went out of traditional theatre or gallery spaces. Imagination is going ahead of every-day thoughts, and artistic interdisciplinarity is becoming a natural reflection of modern culture. Urbanite’s perception of leisure is changing. We are bringing utopia closer to reality by carving for new creative energy and for its integration into life. We are sure that artists’ co-productions and new cultural spaces’ discovering will change not only our imagination but also the essence of urban environment.

In order to open up fabulous potential of contemporary art, we composed our festival program of two sections. Don’t miss “real projects in real spaces” and “imaginary projects in real spaces”!
Headliners of the main program of the festival will be the pieces: “Camera”, “Groza”, “Marshrutka”, “Last/lost guest” created during the Factories of the Imagination project at STANTSIA and Aktovy Zal. The festival will also present works of invited Belgian and Russian interdisciplinary artists. Besides, the audience will be welcome to special interactive performances held in Kostroma cultural institutions by visual artists, musicians and performers. In addition, literal “music invasion” from Moscow, Amsterdam and Utrecht will burst in Kostroma, and STANTSIA art-venue guests will be driven crazy by music shows of different styles every night.

We couldn’t overlook Children’s Day so we’re waiting you at our events for children and their parents on June 1st. Italian artists and young audiences by themselves will transform Ostrovsky Theatre stage into fantastic space of sounds, images and secrets, thanks to the use of sensors and digital technologies in “Japanese Garden”.
The program “imaginary projects in real spaces” is prepared by “Kremnev Atelier” from Yaroslavl with the participation of STANTSIA art-venue and initiative city-dwellers. Welcome to explore city spaces through unexpected ways and to construct brand new Kostroma reality.
We wish you to start up your personal “factory” and even get lost in your own imagination during these five days, and what’s about our program…well, hope you’ll find just what you’re looking for. We’re extremely happy to take that incredible step in Kostroma cultural life with all of you!

The festival supported by the European Union and Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.

«Dance that’s out of this world: Turin’s Teatro a Corte»

«Dance that’s out of this world: Turin’s Teatro a Corte»

Italy may have struggled to establish a contemporary dance scene of its own, but every year its cities pour love and money into their summer arts festivals, many of which offer platforms to a wide range of international choreography.

Typical is Turin’s Teatro a Corte, whose feisty dance programme this year runs the full gamut, from the UK’s Ballet Boyz to Kitsou Dubois, a French choreographer whose work is based on research into the physical effects of zero gravity.
The story behind Dubois’s installation is fascinating. Over the last decade she and various artists have been allowed to accompany trainee astronauts on the parabolic flights that acclimatise them to weightlessness in space. Clowns, visual artists, acrobats and dancers have all come back with new vocabularies for free-floating, tumbling, disembodied material (also with hilarious stories of how to cope with the gut-wrenching nausea; not for nothing is this type of flight known as the «vomit comet»).

Back on the ground, however, the most interesting thread of this year’s festival must be its focus on Russia’s emerging contemporary dance scene. It’s ironic that classical ballet, Russia’s most famous and fabulous dance product, started out as a hybrid, created from the best of French, Italian and Danish influences. By contrast, the country’s contemporary dance culture has had to construct itself in virtual isolation from the west: its choreographers had to wait until the late 1990s, and the break-up of the Soviet Union, before they could seriously engage with ideas from abroad. Even now, from the evidence of the Turin programme, it’s clear how hungry for contact that culture still is. Indeed in one piece, Punto di Fuga, a collaboration between the Russian company Dialogue Dance and the Italian company ZeroGrammi, the idea of contact is literally embodied in the work. Read More »

Unforgettable emotions of Diversia 2009!