Diana Vishneva's CONTEXT Festival

By Isabelle Vail

4 November 2018

A legend in the international ballet scene, Diana Vishneva retired from American Ballet Theatre’s stages last year, but her career has not slowed down. Still dancing and innovating, and recently a new mother, Vishneva has conceived a dance festival engaging young Russian choreographers.

CONTEXT festival is a multi-day even that includes lighting design workshops, guest company performances, master classes from contemporary and classical figures, a film project, and a talk in addition to young-choreographers performances. Karen Kain, artistic director for the National Ballet of Canada, headlined the “Context Speaks” talk, discussing art, career, and life with choreographers and dancers.

The roster of young Russian choreographers featured in the past includes Vladimir Barnabas, Konstantin Keyhel, Lilia Burdinskaya, Konstantin Semenov, and Olga Vasilyeva. With a female leader at its helm and women emerging as major figures in this festival, we will look forward to future CONTEXT festivals eagerly and commend Vishneva on her innovation and productivity.

Learn more about CONTEXT here.