Olga Dukhovna

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Born in Ukraine, Olga Dukhovna received her training at the P.A.R.T.S school in Brussels, under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and later at the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. She moved to France and embarked on an intensive collaboration with Boris Charmatz while pursuing her own research.

As a choreographer, she navigates the intersection of incompatible artistic approaches while exploring creative clashes and unexpected collisions. On one hand, she draws inspiration from a lost Ukrainian folklore erased by the Soviet regime, reinterpreting its movements ; on the other hand, she incorporates elements from the contemporary dance legacy that she kept from her studies in Belgium and France. Out of this confrontation, two pieces emerged: "Korowod" (2012), based on traditional Slavic dances, and "Hopak" (2024), inspired by the military training of the Cossacks. Removing these ancestral gestures to question their meaning, she reenacts them with a political resonance.

Her collaboration with Boris Charmatz's Museum of Dance has influenced her perspective on what she terms "recycling," a key element in her work. She explores how gestures from the collective memory of world wild dance are appropriated and transformed. She is preparing a “dance lecture” on this subject planned for 2025.

During the pandemic, she created "Swan Lake" a solo piece entirely crafted in her room by watching excerpts of many different version of Swan Lake on YouTube. Since 2022, Swan Lake has enjoyed rapid success and initiated an international tour. The piece originates from a childhood memory: in the ex-Soviet bloc countries, whenever a leader died, programs were interrupted to broadcast Swan Lake. Today, Olga explains that she dances Swan Lake while awaiting news of the fall of the Russian government of Vladimir Putin.

This reversed logic, humorously referred to as "magical thinking," is another driving force in her choreographic research. Infused with audacious vitality, Olga Dukhovna's dance confronts forgotten or mutilated narratives with the challenges of history. She also holds the conviction that if a culture disappears, it falls upon artists to reinvent it. Currently, she is working on a piece based on "Tehillim", melodies composed by Steve Reich on sacred texts of Judaism, whose psalmody had been lost.

Olga Dukhovna has been awarded the DanceWeb Sponsorship (Austria) ; from the Aerowaves platform (Dublin), and won the Danse Élargie competition (Paris). Since 2023, she is an associated artist at the Théâtre Louis Aragon in Tremblay-en-France. Passionate about transmission, she also teaches at the University of Rennes. All her projects are produced by the production structure C.A.M.P.

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Swan Lake Solo (2022)

In Swan Lake Solo, there are neither white birds nor princes. In collaboration with composer Anton Svetlichny, Olga Dukhovna proposes her own version of Swan Lake, to turn this classical ballet into a modern performance.

Let’s clear up any ambiguity: Swan Lake Solo is not Princess Odette’s solo, nor is it a contemporary version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Swan Lake Solo is a topical dance show. On 9 March 2022, the front page of the Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta featured the silhouettes of four ballerinas from Swan Lake against the background of a nuclear explosion. Since the fall of Gorbachev, television has broadcast Tchaikovsky’s ballet whenever the news gets too hot.

The war dealt a final blow to her project after two years of lockdown : Olga Dukhovna gave up the idea of choreographing Swan Lake for 32 dancers, an orchestra and singers, commissioned by the new Moscow museum. In an undertaking of ecological deconstruction, the Ukrainian choreographer then concentrated the entire corps de ballet in that of a single performer: herself. Together with Russian composer Anton Svetlichny, the duo tuned it to Tchaikovsky’s music that was as playful as it was respectful. An essential and dynamic dance show was born from all these constraints, giving Swan Lake Solo the tones of joyful and delightful freedom.

Tour dates
22nd February 2022: Chapelle Derezo, Brest as part of the Dansfabrik festival
6th April 2022: Festival Mythos, Rennes
23rd March 2022: Leff Dance! Festival organized by Le Petit Echo de la Mode, Plouha
14th May 2022: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales des Seine St-Denis, Montreuil
2nd July 2022: Musée Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence
8th-9th July 2022: Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes
13th-17th July 2022: La Parenthèse, Avignon
31st August - 2nd September 2022: La Bâtie, Festival de Genève (Switzerland)
17th September 2022: CAMP, Locmiquélic
18th September 2022: Musée de Pont-Aven, Cap danse
2nd October 2022: Bain Public, Saint-Nazaire
4th-5th October 2022: TU, Nantes
15th October 2022: C/U Festival, Warsaw (Poland)
10th-12th November 2022: Transfestival, Metz
13th January 2023: Danse en Fabrique, Nantes
17th March 2023: Théâtre de Vanves
31st March - 1st April 2023: Charleroi Danses (Belgium)
27th April 2023: Spring forward, Aerowaves, Dublin (Ireland)
5th-6th May 2023: Festival Arsmondo, Strasbourg
8th June 2023: Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille
10th June 2023: Chahuts, Bordeaux
16th June 2023: Extension Sauvage, Combourg
21st June 2023: TANEC PRAHA Festival, Prague (Czech Republic)
1st July 2023: Scènes Vagabondes, Nantes
4th July 2023: Festival des 7 collines, St Etienne
18th August 2023: Opera Estate Festival, Bassano (Italy)
9th September 2023: Plastique Danse Floor, Versailles
14th September 2023: Cultural Centre in Novi Sad (Serbia)
23rd September 2023: Théâtre Louis Aragon, Tremblay-en-France
1st October 2023: Open House Festival, Cyprus
20th October 2023: Romaeuropa Festival, Rome (Italy)

Distribution & mentions
Choreography : Olga Dukhovna
Based on a free interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Ballet
Choreographic score : Olga Dukhovna & Alexis Hedouin
Sound score : Anton Svetlichny
Lighting and costume score : Guillaume Jouin & Marion Regnier
Outside Eye : François Maurisse
Stage management : François Aubry/Felix Löhmann
Production Manager : Amélie-Anne Chapelain
Photo credits : Doriane Rio

Production C.A.M.P
Co-production le Quartz – Scène Nationale de Brest ; Au bout du plongeoir & la Coopération Nantes-Rennes-Brest-Rouen - Itinéraires d’artiste(s).
With the support of the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and of the DRAC Bretagne.
Thanks to CCNRB – Collectif FAIR-E for the studio space.

Contact : capsule.artistique(at)gmail.com

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