OPEN LOOK International Contemporary Dance Festival

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Country and Region RussiaNorth-Western Federal District
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival St. Petersburg, North-Western Federal District, Russia
Festival Contact Information

OPEN LOOK International Contemporary Dance Festival
7A, Kazanskaya Street 3rd floor
Art Space K7
St. Petersburg 191186
Phone: +7-921-9382088

Festival Description

OPEN LOOK is an international event offering training and performance programs that cover a wide range of contemporary dance forms. Held each summer during the beautiful St.-Petersburg white nights, the festival gathers Russian dancers, choreographers and students for a series of intensive master classes held by well known dance masters from all over the world. Aside from training, OPEN LOOK presents an exquisite concert program featuring performers from abroad and Russia on several stages of St.-Petersburg. The main aim of the festival is, with the help of all these projects, to share the best of Western culture with Russian public and dance society, to provide atmosphere and space for international artistic collaboration, knowledge, and experience exchange, creative work, and education.

OPEN LOOK 2011 program will include master classes and workshops for dancers, and choreographers. Evening performances will take place in the best theatre venues of the city. There will be a big gala concert featuring guest performers and presenting international dance projects created during the festival.

Festival Dates July 1 - 9, 2011
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Festival Story:

The festival started off in 1999 with workshops and performance of Bill Young and Dancers Company (USA) a New York company, and since than introduced over 50 dance companies from all over the world to Russian audiences. The list of artists that took part in the OPEN LOOK festival includes DCDC (USA), Doug Varone and Dancers (USA), Nai-Ni Chen (China-USA), David Dorfman Dance (USA), Eiko & Koma and Margaret Leng Tan (USA-Japan), Aurinko Ballet (Finland), Russell Adamson (Finland), Granhøj Dance (Denmark), Kitt Johnson (Denmark), Dance Works Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Jo Strømgren Kompani (Norway) and many other choreographers, teachers and dancers. The festival received official support from the Committee for Culture of St.-Petersburg City Administration, Consulate General of the USA in St.-Petersburg, Consulate General of Norway in St.Petersburg, Danish Cultural Centre, French Institute in St.-Petersburg, Goethe Institute, Pro Arte Institute, Trust for Mutual Understanding (USA) and other organisations. Born in the West, contemporary dance is quite a new thing to Russia that has been for a long time thriving on classical tradition in arts and especially dance. However, contemporary dance draws more and more attention and public interest here. Participants, audience and mass media are attracted to the festival by an excellent diverse performance program and unique dance technique often unknown to Russia (such as Pilates, butoh, aerial dance).


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Practical Info:

Information for dance companies 2011:
  • We are happy to invite you to take part in OPEN LOOK 2011. The application deadline is Saturday, February 28, 2011. The application kit should contain:
    • Letter of application where you state why you want to participate in the festival and why you think your work is worth being presented at the festival.
    • 1 DVD of the performance that you would like to present at the festival (full length performance without cuts, not promotional DVD)
    • Some publicity materials and reviews for the performance
  • The festival covers:
    • Performance space rent and all necessary technical assistance.
    • In-city transportation between airport/railway station – hotel and festival venues if necessary.
    • Advertising and publicity.
  • The festival doesn’t cover:
    • Any personal expenses of the participants including in-city travel not connected with festival necessities.
    • Any expenses connected with sets transportation and customs procedures.
    • Visa costs
  • Upon agreement the festival will cover:
    • Accommodation of dance companies and teachers
    • Artistic fees
    • Per diems
  • Information for teachers:
    • To participate in OPEN LOOK 2011 as a teacher you should apply by sending us not later than Saturday, February 28, 2011:
    • Letter of application where you state why you want to participate in the festival and what special knowledge you can share with the festival participants.
    • Your CV containing full information on your background, teaching experience, participating in various events and festivals, styles you can teach.
    • 1 DVD of your lesson clearly showing how and what you are going to teach at the festival (it can also be a piece broadcasted on You Tube or Facebook but not less than 15 minutes)
    • Reference letters from people who know you well as a teacher might be helpful.
  • The festival covers:
    • Teacher’s accommodation for the festival period.
    • In-city transportation between airport – hotel and festival venues if necessary.
    • Advertising and publicity
    • Per diems
    • classes fees (according to the signed contract)
  • The festival doesn’t cover:
    • Any personal expenses of the teacher including in-city travel not connected with festival necessities
    • Visa costs
  • If agreed the festival will cover:
    • All or some part of travel costs
    • Information for students
  • To participate in OPEN LOOK 2011 as a student you should:
    • Contact Anastasia Konyukhova not later than Saturday, February 28, 2011
    • Fill in the application form that will be available online at the beginning of April 2011 or write with a request to send an application form (this email is only for students’ applications!).
    • Please mind that the festival does not cover any students’ expenses. But our staff can help you to find accommodation in St. Petersburg for the festival period and will provide you with all the necessary information about the city.
  • Please send your applications to:
    Attention: Vadim Kasparov
    194356 Asafyeva str., 3 k.1, fl. 271,
    St. Petersburg, Russia


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