special award for a remarkable contribution to modern choreography and devotion
to the art went to Diana Yurchenko, a Vitebsk choreographer, the head of the
studio theater of the Vitebsk cultural center. She received the prize from
People's Artist of Russia Sergei Bezrukov at the opening concert of the 30th
International Festival of Modern Choreography (IFMC) in Vitebsk, BelTA informs.
special award was established in the run-up to the IMFC anniversary edition.
Sergei Bezrukov came to Vitebsk to present Anna Matison's movie After You're
Gone, in which he played a choreographer.
Yurchenko's studio theater of modern choreography regularly takes part in the
festival. This year's IMFC edition drew together 20 Belarusian teams from
Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, Minsk, and Mogilev. They were introduced at the opening
concert (the Belarusian national modern choreography contest is held every
other year, taking turns with the international event).
Terentyev, Chairman of the Vitebsk Oblast Council of Deputies, pointed to the
IMFC's importance for Belarus' cultural life in his opening speech. “This event
hosts famous choreographers and big-name teams. The festival has been keeping a
high profile for many years. It has numerous fans,” Vladimir Terentyev
generations of choreographers and artists have been born since the first IFMC
edition 30 years ago, said choreographer Radu Poklitaru, Honored Artist of
Ukraine, People's Artist of Moldova, the chairman of the IFMC international
jury. “They were brought up here, on this stage. Artists and choreographers
competed with each other, made progress, and mastered the art thanks to the
festival,” he noted.
choreographer added that he envies the artists taking part in the contest. “These
guys are at the very beginning of their path. The participation in the Vitebsk
festival has already put a sort of a trademark on their works. Now they can
safely walk the way of contemporary dance. I want to say on behalf of the jury:
we want to be captured. We want you to capture us with your talent,” Radu
evening part of the opening concert featured Sergei Smirnov's Eccentric Ballet,
a four-time winner of Russia's national theater award The Golden Mask, with a
dance show Songs of the Last Grass.