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Dancing Through Translation: A Workshop and Discussion

DANCING THROUGH TRANSLATION: a workshop and discussion, offers the general public a practical investigation into the multi-sensory process of translation. Part of a yearlong research and performance project by American choreographer Peter Kyle and Ukrainian choreographer Anton Ovchinnikov, who are using contemporary dance as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange, DANCING THROUGH TRANSLATION (DTT) asks each of us to look with fresh eyes at the wealth of human physicality that surrounds us and explore questions of how we process movement as language in our own bodies, all the time. The artists will lead participants in a series of approachable, creative processes that help us observe, identify, describe, and embody each other’s movements. The session will conclude with discussion surrounding the larger DTT project, its goals and implications.

Dancing Through Translation is part of a larger celebration marking 25 years of bilateral relations between the United States of America and Ukraine, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

About the Artists:
Peter Kyle is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Peter Kyle Dance, founded in 2006, in New York City. His critically acclaimed choreography has been commissioned and performed across the United States and overseas in Scotland, Norway, Germany, Cyprus, China, and Mexico. In New York City the company has performed at Abrons Arts Center, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church, the 92nd Street Y, One Arm Red, Chez Bushwick, 3LD Art & Technology Center, and Triskelion Arts, among others. 

Kyle toured internationally as a soloist with Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance between 1992-1999 and is an active proponent of that legacy. He has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Works/Laura Glenn Dance and the theater company P3/east, among others. 

Kyle has served on the faculties of University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently a longtime member of the faculties at Marymount Manhattan College, Bard College, and conducts residencies and workshops internationally. In 2017 he was named Associate Director of Bearnstow, a summer retreat in Maine where he also teaches the Slow Tempo work of Japanese director, Shogo Ohta. Kyle’s Tiny Dance Film Series has been installed in festivals and galleries internationally since 2006, and his short film, crowd SEEN, was an official selection in the 2017 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from, among others, Concours Internationale de Danse de Paris, the Pittsburgh Dance Council, Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Washington State Arts Commission, the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation via Triskelion Arts, the U.S. Embassy in China, and a Public Diplomacy Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. He received a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2016 that took him to Kyiv, Ukraine. He serves on the board of directors for Triskelion Arts, in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from University of Washington.

Anton Ovchinnikov is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, director, producer, and photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. After serving in the Soviet Army he danced professionally in the Kiev-based Hollywood Ballet. He started studying jazz dance with Anna Braslavskaya from Russia and contemporary dance with Miguel Gutierrez from the United States of America at the International Festival Workshop TSEH in Moscow, in 1995. Every year since, Ovchinnikov has visited many major educational dance projects all over Europe. 

In 2008, Ovchinnikov founded the independent dance production company, Black O!Range Dance Theatre. Despite complete lack of funding in Ukraine, the Theatre takes part in all the major dance festivals and is recognized as the vanguard of the dance scene there. It also takes part in major festivals in Russia and Belarus, and in international festivals in Europe. From 2008 to 2017, Ovchinnikov has created more than 20 solo and group performances. In 2016-2017 alone, Ovchinnikov has created two solo performances, two multidisciplinary projects, and was a CEC Artslink Fellow, in the United States.

Between 2009 and 2016 he taught contemporary dance technique and dance composition in Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. In 2010 he established the Zelyonka Fest Contemporary Dance Festival, in Kiev, where he is Artistic and Program Director. In 2015 he co-founded the All-Ukrainian Association “Contemporary Dance Platform”, for which he serves as President. The main objectives of the Ukrainian Contemporary Dance Platform are to support young Ukrainian choreographers, integrate contemporary dance into the modern cultural life of Ukraine, and establish a national center of contemporary dance in that country.

Ovchinnikov is a graduate of Kiev National University of Culture and Arts with a B.A. in Stage Direction and Choreography, and an M.A. degree in Contemporary Dance.

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