Festival Overview 2009:

“Every year, composing a program for KINODANCE, I am rethinking both the definition of collaboration between cinema and choreography/dance and the festival's concept. To a degree, the theme of the festival stays always the same – «Choreography in cinema in all its shapes and forms». But for every festival, I am trying to find different ways of its interpretation both in cinema and at the intersection of different art forms (video art, gallery installations, cyberarts, etc.). The spectrum of KINODANCE-2009 program is very diverse. KINODANCE-2009 returns to the roots, to the very birth of cinematograph – to choreography in silent cinema and at the same time looks ahead into the future to digital animation – to choreography on digital canvas. This year KINODANCE introduces its audiences to the dance film tradition from France. It also presents a stunning collection of shorts from the largest short film festival in the world Clermont-Ferrand (France) as well as new works from Jirí Kylián and Wim Vandekeybus, the usual guests of the festival. The KINODANCE goers will see some of the best examples of successful collaboration between directors and choreographer, as well as a collection of music videos and short musicals created between 1996 and 2008. The documentaries of the festival will tell stories about world famous choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Alain Platel, Josef Nadj and performers – Nina Vyrubova, Jock Soto, Nora Chipaumire. There will be many new names to discover from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium… and Zimbabwe! The Russian and Eastern European Dance Film Competition as well as the all-night marathon of Encores will conclude our festival. I hope that everybody will find and discover something inspirational for themselves.” – Alla Kovgan, founder, curator and international director of KINODANCE festival

“The significance and importance of KINODANCE grows from year to year for both professionals and general public. Every year, for our audiences we reveal new dimensions of the art form – choreographing cinema and dance film. Our selection process is very rigorous, as we are choosing the best of the best. Our focus on collaboration between cinema and dance makes KINODANCE one of a kind not only in St. Petersburg but also in Russia. The festival also aspires to bring innovations in the field of dance film education. The programming of the festival is deservingly admired by such recognized dance film aficionados as David Hinton (UK), Billy Cowie (UK), Liz Aggiss (UK), Charles Atlas (USA), Victoria Marks (USA), Dierde Towers (USA) and many others. The festival promotes Russian dance films around the world and the art of dance film in Russia and CIS. And yet, we are still at the very beginning of a great journey. Thanks to all our partners, we are very happy to present KINODANCE – 2009.” - Vadim Kasparov, founder and director of KINODANCE Festival, and director of Kannon Dance Center

«ProArte joined in as KINODANCE partner for its second edition in 2002 and since then have been active and enthusiastic about this truly unique festival. We very much appreciate that KINODANCE brings together interests of filmmakers, artists, dancers, musicians and choreographers and in a sense, pushes for new kind of cinema. In the past, ProArte, which is located at the Peter and Paul Fortress, hosted KINODANCE festival installations, screenings, competitions and dance film workshops. This year, in the underground exhibition hall Poterna, we host the OpenEnded Group (Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie) with their installation «Point A->B» as well as two artist talks with Alloy Orchestra and the OpenEnded Group. As always, we will grant an award to the winner of the Russian, CIS and Eastern European Dance Film Competition. We wish good luck and interesting experiences to all the participants of the festival!» - Elena Kolovskaya, director of ProArte Institute.

KINODANCE-2009 presents 45 films from 17 countries (USSR, France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Brazil, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and Spain). Cinema center RODINA will host the majority of the festival’s screenings while ProArte Foundation, the Exhibition Hall “Poterna”, the French Institute and iClub (Apple Café) will hold workshops, lectures, additional screenings and an installation. For the third time, KINODANCE will hold a Dance Film Competition for works created by artists from Eastern Europe, Baltic States and the CIS. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.

Thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding, for the very first time KINODANCE is presenting two evenings with Alloy Orchestra, a world-famous three man musical ensemble (Ken Winokur, Terry Donahue and Roger Miller), writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Our audiences will have a unique opportunity to see the newly released 35mm print of “MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA” by Dziga Vertov – a 1929 masterpiece of montage choreography, to the live sound-score by Alloy Orchestra. Because of a 10-year unavailability of a film print, Alloy has been unable to perform this score (often cited as their best). The group has recently acquired a gorgeous new print of the film from Gosfilmofond (the Moscow Film Archive). The St. Petersburg concert is the premier revival performance. Alloy Orchestra will also perform with another gem – of the American cinema – “GENERAL” by Buster Keaton.

With gracious support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and Digital Arts Foundation, KINODANCE is welcoming Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie (USA), members of the OpenEnded Group –an eccentric and innovative digital artists collective. The artists will present their installation “Point A->B” at the exhibition hall Poterna. “Point A->B” is inspired by parkour – “the urban sport in which the goal is to get from point A to point B as rapidly, as inventively, and often as dangerously as possible”. They will also give a workshop for artists and programmers at the iClub and present and give a talk/screening about their creative practices at the ProArte Foundation (check the schedule for details).

It is for the first time that KINODANCE is collaborating with the French Institute, a key partner of this year’s festival. Thanks to the French Institute, KINODANCE celebrates French dance filmmakers and choreographers by presenting a series of programs featuring a Retrospective of Dance Films from France. Among the artists featured are Josef Nadj, Anjelin Preljocaj, Rachid Ouramdane, Alain Platel and many others. Together with the French Institute, KINODANCE also presents an evening with Dominique Delouche, one of the maîtres of French cinema, who, for the last 30 years, has devoted all his filmmaking to ballet.

Among other highlights of the festival is a visit with the Calmin Borel, one of the curators of the “Labo” Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival (France), the largest short film festival in the world. Mr. Borel will introduce a program of Clermont-Ferrand shorts titled “Choreographing Cinema: inspirations for makers and lovers of dance film”. Films in this program do not include dance per se but are full of choreographic and editing techniques that dance filmmakers work with all the time.

Be it the hellish mayhem of a football
match, filmed in the spirit of Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini («L’Arbitro»), an everyday choreography at the busy London street («The Girl Chewing gum»), a ritualistic gastronomic carnage during an opulent banquet («Next Floor») or a concert in four movements played on any old thing («Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers») — the camera and the actors’ movements are meticulously choreographed within the frame and through editing to reach the audience at emotional, intellectual and kinesthetic level. In the choreography of fluids, mysterious forces twist the physical laws and affect the behaviour of living beings in purified spaces («Coagulate»); while a tirelss runners is destined to cross Sweden ("Sweden"); the human soul, plunged in a vacuum, fights with expanding desert («Muro») and the triumphal procession flocks after the giant haystack that is a symbol of human vanities («Superbia»).

Every film in the program “Together: Director + Choreographer – New Directions 2006-2008” is an example of a successful collaboration between choreographer and the director. Among the films in the program: “Cartography 9: Golden Ball” (Switzerland) by Philippe Saire and Bruno Deville,
“Bare-Handed” (France/Belgium) by Thierry Knauff and Michele Noiret, “Part-Time Heroes” (Austria) by Christopher Harding and Mara Mattushcka,
“Danse Macabre” (Canada) by Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires.


“Tandem: Two Stories from Zimbabwe” tells two stories of two women from the Zimbabwe: “Mother’s Day” by Tsitsi Dangarembga, a musical comedy and a rarely seen gem in the spirit of magical realism by Louis Bunuel and Alejandro Jodorowsky, screens with “Nora” by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton with choreography by Nora Chipaumire.


“POP Culture: Shorts, Musicals, Eros, and Music Videos” is a true kaleidoscope of approaches that brings art together with popular themes and entertainment between 1996-2008.

“Flying Lesson” (USA) by Andrea Lerner and Rosanne Chamecki, “Silence of the Machines” (France) by Kostia Testut and Paul Caroli, “Insyn (Insight)” (Denmark) by Klara Elenius, “LILA” (France) by Broadcast Club/ Nicolas Schmerkin, “Aprop (Closer)” (Spain) by Aitor Echeverria and Carolina Alejos, “Boot Camp” (USA) by John Scott Mathews, “Shake-off” (Netherlands) by Hans Beenhakker, “Orgesticulanismus” (Belgium) by Mathieu Labaye, “Muto” (Italy) by Blu, “Tout Morose (Very Cold) (France) by Olivier Megaton and Dominique Hervieu, “Feist 1, 2, 3, 4" (USA) by Patrick Daughters and Noemie Lafrance, “Heartbeat” (Sweden) by Martin Lima de Faria and Anette Skahlberg.

“Dance Choreographer - Film Director in Focus” presents two new works from Jirí Kylián and Wim Vandekeybus. Vandekeybus’ film “Here After” is an art-house drama while Jirí Kylián in collaboration with Boris Paval Conen pays tribute to silent cinema.




Three documentaries are joined in together under the title “Choreographer’s and Dancer’s Corner”. “Once Pina asked…” by famous Belgian director Chantal Akerman is a film-collage composed of performances by the legend of German contemporary dance Pina Bausch. “VSPRS – show and tell” by British filmmaker Sophie Fiennes tells a story of making “VSPRS”, a stage performance by Alain Platel. “VSPRS” is a provocative piece ruminating about humans’ existence in their bodies. Fiennes’ film is about how audiences find ways to relate to this performance and how the process of making it affects the performers. “Water flowing together” by Gwedolen Cates is about life and times of Jock Soto. Jock Soto, a Navajo Indian and Puerto Rican, has been a star of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for 25 years and gave his last performance in 2005. The film is incredibly touching and moving portrait of one of the most recognized and influential modern ballet dancers.


Please visit our archive for the information about the past editions of the festival. Visit our Russian dance films selection to arrange screenings and exhibitions, contact Alla Kovgan at akovgan@kinodance.com

© Kinodance–Russia, 2009