Ballet is a special form of art wich possesses its special language. Dancers put a lot of time and efforts into studying it, and every choreographer is trying to invent his own unique "dialect". But how the audience is taught to understand this vocabulary? How does the spectator penetrate into into to these secrets? How to learn not only to watch but to really see the ballet? In fact, this is a very rare kind of education. But if we want the word spoken to reach afertile ground and begin to flourish, this ground should be prepared.
Dance Open is going to fix this. As a part of the Online Marathon, we introduce a series of lectures by the leading Russian dance critics and historians of choreography.These virtual meetings are designed for everyone: for experienced ballet fans who want to hear precious details from the respected speakers, and (most importantly!) for those who have lots of questions while watching a performance and want to understand the choreography context. That is why the topics are so different: from the essence of why we are magnetized by ballet to the detailed analysis of the specific names — how to stand out and to turn your name into a dance brand?
Vita Khlopova — is contemporary ballet researcher, founder and curator of No fixed points project.
Olga Ugarova is dance columnist with Sobaka.ru, special correspondent for La Personne Ballet Magazine, author of Telegram channel VeryBallet.
Leila Guchmazova is dance reviewer, staff writer for the Rossiyskaya Gazeta, expert and jury member of the Russian National Theatre Award Golden Mask
Bogdan Korolek is a ballet reviewer, author with Colta.ru, Petersburg Theater Magazine, Bolshoi and Mariinsky brochures, assistant to the Artistic Director of Ural Ballet.