International Festival of Modern Choreography

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Country and Region BelarusVitebsk
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Vitebsk, Vitebsk, Belarus
Festival Contact Information

Международный фестиваль современной хореографии (IFMC)
Frunze Park, 1
Vitebsk 210026
The Republic of Belarus
Phone/fax: (375) 212-37-49-02

Festival Description

The IFMC is open to the daring projects of young choreographers and dancers. Its main event is the International Competition biennale in two nominations: one-act ballet and choreographic miniature. This is the only competition in the world where the works are estimated as a whole (i.e. neither choreography nor technical skills are judged separately, but the entire creative work). According to the rules, Grand Prix is only awarded for the work, which is performed in Vitebsk for the first time and is considered by the International Jury to be an outstanding piece of art. Aside from the Competition itself, master-classes by well-known choreographers and teachers, research seminars on the art history as well as performances, photo-exhibitions, video-shows, news conferences and round tables are included into the Festival program.

Festival Dates November 24 - 28, 2010
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Festival Story:

The International Festival of modern choreography in Vitebsk has taken place annually since 1987. Initially, it was an experiment with the aim of finding among the choreographers and ballet companies those who had been exploring either intuitively or deliberately contemporary forms and techniques of dance. Since then IFMC has grown into the largest and the most prestigious forum of contemporary dance in the countries of former USSR. The festival has discovered and made renowned the names of “pioneers”. Among them were “Still life factory” (Vladimir Polyakov, Moscow), “Aura” dance theatre (Berute Lietucaite, Kaunas, Lithuania), Nickolay Ogryzkov’s contemporary dance school (Moscow), dance theater “Provincial dances” (Yekaterinburg), “Fine five dance theater” (Rene Nymmik, Tallinn, Estonia), Natalya Fiksel’s dance theater (Novosibirsk), Elena Bogdanovich’s studio (Moscow), “Evgeny Panfilov’s ballet” theater (Perm). The outstanding works of the above companies have become a “treasury” of the Festival, whose history is bonded indissolubly with their creative biographies.


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