Students in the Professional Ballet Program were invited to perform Aszure Barton’s Come In
on the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Personally invited by the CONTEXT Festival’s creator, Diana Vishneva, this is this first time NBS students will dance in St. Petersburg and NBS is the only school to be invited to perform. Aszure Barton’s work was originally created to feature Mikhail Baryshnikov and re-set on NBS senior students in 2014.
Diana Vishneva created the CONTEXT festival beginning in 2013. Through this festival, Ms Vishneva shares her broad views on dance with Russian audiences. The first three versions of the festival took place in Moscow, while the fourth occurrence was held in Ms Vishneva's home city, St. Petersburg.
Samuel Wuersten was invited by Ms Vishneva to be the international curator and to create the programming of the 2016 CONTEXT Festival. Mr Wuersten is also the Artistic and Executive director of the Holland Dance Festival in The Hague. It was during the Holland Dance Festival’s opening Gala, in February, 2016, where Diana Vishneva saw the NBS students performing Aszure Barton's Come In
. As a result of this performance, she decided that NBS should be a part of the CONTEXT Festival and perform this special work on the legendary stage of the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg.
In addition to Aszure Barton's Come In
, other works presented included those by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Mauro Bigonzetti, performed by Introdans, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Ana Laguna in a work by Mats Ek as well as Diana Vishneva and Aurelie Dupont in a duet by Ohad Naharin.
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