Clown 10min, 2002, Russia
Director: Irina Evteeva
with Slava Polunin

A dance animation about love, grief, solitude and death of a clown. The film stars one the most famous Russian mimes Vyacheslav Polunin.

Irina Evteeva is a masterful animator from St. Petersburg. Her films have been screened at the numerous festivals around the world. Evteeva's technique is ravishingly fascinating. She eschews computers in favor of a painstaking, craftsman’s approach, altering cinematographic images (her own and vintage) by painting on glass frames with bold lines and upsettingly bright colors.

God 4min, 2003, Russia
Director: Konstantin Bronzit

A humorous animated short about Shiva's encounter with a fly. "Sometimes the Gods can be vulnerable." - Moscow Film Festival

Konstantin Bronzit is an internationally acclaimed animator and cartoonist. He graduated from art school in 1983 and from the Department of Industrial Design at the School of Art and Design in 1992. During his studies, Konstantin also worked as an animator at the Studio of Popular Science Films. It was at this studio where Bronzit made his first film "The Round About" in 1988. In 1988, Konstantin began actively drawing cartoons for magazines and newspapers. By 1994, he had participated in numerous international cartoon competitions winning more than twenty different awards for his cartoons. From 1993 until 1995, Konstantin worked as a scriptwriter, director and animator for several films for the Moscow animation studio "PILOT". In 1994, he graduated from higher courses in scriptwriting and directing with Fjodor Khitruk in Moscow. Bronzit's short animated films, including "Switchcraft", "Pacifier", "Knock Knock", "Die Hard", and "At The Ends of the Earth" have received more than 45 prizes and awards from festivals throughout the world including the grand prizes at ANNECY'95 and ANNECY'98.

Zapazdavshaya Premiera (Belated Premiere), 60 min, 2003 – Discovery of 2003! (St. Petersburg)
Director/Producer: Victor Bocharov

The film re-writes the history of world animation by telling a story of Alexander SHIRIAEV (1867-1941), one of the first ballet filmmakers who began his experiments in the 1900s (10 years before the first animated film by Alexander Starevich came out in 1912). Shiryaev was a distinguished character dancer of Mariinsky Theatre, and a rehearsal director to Marius Petipa as well as the author of the first in the world technique of teaching the character dance. Among his cinematographic experiments are documentaries, dance and play miniatures, drawn and puppet animations.

Alexander Shiryaev (10.09.1867 – 25.04.1941). Son of the ballet dancer SHIRYAEVA and a grandson of the composer Cesar Puni, in1885 Alexander Shiryaev graduated from the St. Petersburg Theatre School. He was a student of M.Petipa, P.Gerdt, P.Karsavin, L.Ivanov. Since 1886, he had been the leading dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre working under Moris Petipa. Since 1900, he had been an aide of the Mariinsky Theatre ballet-master. Since 1903, he had been the second ballet-master at the Mariinsky Theatre. He restored the ballets: «Naiad and fisherman», «The Harlem tulip», «Coppelia». In his years at the Mariinsky Theatre, he performed in 32 ballets. Among his parts are: Milon in “The King’s Order”, Fairy Karabos in “The Sleeping Beauty”, Ivan-the-Fool in “The Hunchback Horse”, Quasimodo in “Esmeralda”, Harlequin and Cassandr in “Harlequinade”, Coppelius in “Coppelia”, Seif-Pasha in “Corsair”, Abdurrahman in “Raymonda”, Marceline in “La fille mal gardée”, Fool in “Mlada”, Buffoon in “Nutcracker”, and others. In 1905, he retired and organized a Class of Character Dance at the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1909 -1917, he worked as a dancer and ballet-master in Germany, England, France and other countries. He worked also as a coach in Anna Pavlova’s group. In 1891-1909, he was a professor at the St. Petersburg Theatre School. In 1918-1941, he was a professor at the Leningrad Choreographic School. Among his students are:A.Monakhov, A.Orlov, B.Romanov, F.Lopukhov, A.Chekrygin, N.Anissimova, P.Gussev, and others. He is a co-author of the first in the world handbook “Elements of Character Dance” (1939), an author of yet unpublished book: “The St. Petersburg Ballet: memoirs of the Mariinsky Theatre dancer” (1941).

Victor Bocharov graduated from the Scriptwriting and Cinema Studies Department of the National State Institute of Cinema in 1979. He has been making films were over 30 years a director, editor and historian. Among his works as a director are “Boris Eifman. Cognition”, “…Where my whole life flows”, “Andrei Roublev”, “Love and Honour of Karl Rossi”, and others. He is also the Editing Director of the film-ballets: “Giselle. Staged by Nikita Dolgushin”, “Faun’s Afternoon”, “Hamlet”, “We must have it!” and the author and host of 5 editions of the TV programs “Masterpieces of the Russian Choreography”. Since 1990 he has been the Director of the Film Production Company “Miris”.

“In 1989, I started working on the Project “Apostles of the Russian Ballet” that were to assemble the archival footage with famous dancers and artists of the Russian ballet. Gradually my search started to expand and I began studying the documents of the Emperor’s Theatres Office related to the period from 1890 to 1918. In one of the documents dated back from 1904, I found mentioning of the fact that the character dancer and aide to the Ballet-Master Petipa Alexander Shiryaev had applied to the Office asking their permission to buy a film camera and film stock for filming the dances performed by leading dancers of the Emperor’s stage. Shiryaev asked for money only to cover camera and film expenses as he intended to be a cameraman himself for free. Shiryaev’s application was rejected. A little later in Fyodor Lopukhov’s papers, I encountered mentioning of this story but with this addition: Shiryaev had not abandoned his idea and nevertheless purchased a camera in London and did the filming. I tried to find some relatives of Shiryaev. Unfortunately, his wife, daughter, and son had died even when he was still alive. I only managed to find a niece of Shiryaev second wife son’s who remembered that she had seen some films in Shiryaev’s apartment after the World War II but she really did not remember what happened with them. She thought that the films had been given to the Theatre Museum. I contacted the Museum but nothing could be found there either. At the beginning of 1995, a former ballet dancer and subsequently a photographer of the Vaganova’s School and Kirov’s Theatre, Daniil Saveliev called me. He was told to do so by a fellow of the Photo Department of the St. Petersburg Theatre Museum Mrs. Bernatas who had known of my search for the Shiryaev’s archive. He told me that he had the film documents I was interested in. It turned out that in the early 1960s, a distant relative of Alexander Shiryaev got in touch with him. When sorting through old things, she encountered some boxes with films and first wanted to throw them out but then she remembered Saveliev and called him. In 1995, I purchased the Shiryaev’s archive from Daniil Saveliev.” – Victor Bocharov


BALO, 15min, 2004
Directors: Alexei Dul’tsev, Alexei Yakovlev (Ekaterinburg)
Choreographer: Martin Forsberg

Adventures of an emerging Danish choreographer in the heart of the Urals – in Ekaterinburg while in residence at the Modern Dance School of Lev Shulman. Why do Russian dancers think differently from the Europeans… Glimpses into the thinking of the emerging modern dancers in Russia. Alexei Dul’tsev and Alexei Yakovlev shared the jury award at the first Dance Film Competition in St. Petersburg this year.

Bosonozhki (BEARFEETTNIKS), 29 min, 2003
Director: Alexander Dunyaev
Producer: VGIK 2003

The film tells the story about the Isadora Duncan School founded in 1921 in Moscow. Among the characters in the film are Elena Nikolaevna Fedorovskaya (b. 1913) who used to study in the Duncan’s school and the dance students of Nikolai Ogryzkov.

Golovokruzhevo (SPINNING HEAD), 2.5min, 2004 – Finalist Russian Dance Film Competition 2004
Director/Dancer/Producer: Vladimir Vishnyakov (City of Chelyabinsk)

An intriguing short that brings the dancer’s jumps into one continuous aerial dance portrayed over the urban landscapes of the filmmaker’s hometown Chelyabinsk (in the Urals of Russia). Valdimir Vishnyakov studied modern dance at the Mikhail Abramov studio of Plastic Arts at the Contemporary Drama School in Moscow. While studying, he developed interest to animation as a device to studying movement. Since then he has created numerous shorts combining the two art forms.

Dykhaniye Zemli (BREATH of EARTH), 9 min, 2004 – Finalist Russian Dance Film Competition 2004
Director: Mikhail Sankov and Natalia Pavlova
Dancer: Natalia Pavlova
Producer: VGIK 2004

A woman is battling with fears of the forest… This short echoes the 60 of the Soviet Cinema era.
Mikhail Sankov is a graduate of the National Cinematography School (VGIK) in Moscow. This is his first dance film. Natalia Pavlova is a choreographer from Moscow.


Since 2001, St. Petersburg International Dance Film Festival KINODANCE and Kannon Dance School (director: Vadim Kasparov) have been organizing master-classes that allowed dancers and filmmakers from Russia, CIS and Eastern European countries to explore dance film genre. The selection below presents the most successful projects that came out of these workshops (some of these projects were presented at the festivals around the world).

Remote Control 1min, 2003 (Russia)
Choreographer / Director: Natalia Kasparova; Anya Ozerskaya, Dima Burakov

An alternative way for a couple to communicate.

Koridor 1min, 2003 (Russia)
Choreographer / Director: Natalia Kasparova and Kannon Dance Company

You never know what you could encounter in one of those long corridors in the post-soviet House of Culture.

Vertical Tango 2min, 2003 (Russia)
Choreographer / Director: Julia Kryukova and Tanya Balashova

Geometric shapes of stairs, windows, tango steps and their silhouettes weave together to evoke glimpses of tango... Vertical Tango was part of the Liquid Bodies Program at the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance in Toronto, Canada (October 2003).

Verochka 6min, 2003 (Russia)
Choreographer / Director: Natalia Kasparova and Kannon Dance Company

This vignette is an homage to all the cloack room ladies who have been greeting theatre and concert audiences at the Houses of Culture (i.e. large community art centers) for decades during the Soviets. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Houses of Culture together with their cloak-rooms were turned into the offices, bowling alleys, casinos, bars....

Eugenica 5min, 2002 (Poland)
Choreographer / Director: Theatre of Open Creation and Igor Davletchin

" In the 21st century a human being becomes capable of manufacturing other human beings aspiring to use technologies to make a human immortal. Are we wise enough to be able to handle all the power that is given to us? EUGENICA is not trying to give answers to this question but anxiously (but not hopelessly) pondering over it." - Theatre of Open Creation

Theatre of Open Creation (TOK) was founded by Beata Owczrek and Artur Dobranski in 1998. Among TOK's choreographies are "And if happiness was here...," "to be continued," "Eugenica," "so simple." The company received multiple awards from the festivals around the world and is based in Krakow, Poland. The TOK is currently led by Beata Owczrek and Janusz Skubaczkowski.

Two Trains 4min, 2002 (Estonia)
Director: Koit Ojaliiv, Esko Rip Choreographer: Tiina Ollesk and René Nõmmik (Fine 5)

A reflection of images about traveling in time and space. Two individuals as if connected via invisible emotional stirngs, migrate from one surrounding to another.

Tiina Ollesk and René Nõmmik developed Two Trains into a 30-minute multimedia stage piece that was highly awarded at the International Festival of Modern Choreography (Vitebskas, Baltarusija / Vitebsk, Belarus) and Pinerolo Contemporary Dance Contest (Italija / Italy) 2003.

Fine 5 Dance Theatre was established as a collaboration of five dancers from Nordstar Dance Theare in 1992. In 1998 the company was renamed Fine 5 Dance Theatre led by Tiina Ollesk and René Nõmmik. Fine 5 has performed in USA, Sweden, Finland and Baltic States.

© Kinodance–Russia, 2005