Photo : Hopak © Geoffrey Montagu
New Work
Olga Dukhovna
(France / Ukraine)
Free Ukrainian dance in reinvented folklore
For all ages

With the virtuoso movements of a traditional Cossack dance, Ukrainian dancer and choreographer Olga Dukhovna asserts the possibilities of a folklore from her country, free of Russian propaganda. To create movement within a popular culture and heritage repressed by decades of Soviet occupation, she reinvents forms by deconstructing movements, so as to rebuild a lively and furiously contemporary palimpsest dance in a marvellous burst of creative invention accompanied by the accordion and electronic music.



Born in Dnipro (Ukraine), Olga Dukhovna trained at Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS) in Brussels, then at the French national contemporary dance centre (CNDC) in Angers under Emmanuelle Huynh. She settled in France and began intensive collaboration with Boris Charmatz at the Musée de la danse (Rennes). At the same time, she conducted her own research into her dual culture with Korowod (2012), based on traditional Slavic dances, and Hopak (2024), inspired by Cossack military training. She created Swan Lake, a solo put together entirely in her room during lockdown, which has been a runaway success since 2022. She was selected for the DanceWeb scholarship (Austria), the Aerowaves platform (Dublin) and won the Danse Élargie competition (Paris). Since 2023, she has been an associate artist at the Théâtre Louis Aragon in Tremblay-en-France. Her projects are supported by the Lorient-based organisation Capsule Artistique en Mouvement Permanent (CAMP).

Dispositif Danse TRIO(S) Onda & SACD

Saturday 06 July 2024
18:00 > 18:45
Le Grand Huit, 20 rue Pierre Martin
Sunday 07 July 2024
18:00 > 18:45
Le Grand Huit, 20 rue Pierre Martin

Métro ligne a et b : arrêt Gare • Bus 12 : arrêt Gare Sud • Vélo Star : Gare Sud Féval

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