OLGA SOROKINAProgram Bio
June-July 2008: The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, and New York City
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Olga Sorokina is a Saint Petersburg based dancer, choreographer, and festival organizer, who has had a passion for performance and dance from childhood. She spent her college years at the Electronics and Technical University, though most of her time was thrown into studying theater. In her theater work, she became aware of fullness of motion, stage presence, improvisation, the search for new forms and new choreography. Her passion led her to open her own studio, and then the dance company Lesnoy Dom, which continues to produce work to this day. Looking back on the 1980s and 1990s, Sorokina describes the work she did with the company as part pantomime, part student theater, and part avant garde performance art. During this critical time for modern dance in Russia, she worked with Sasha Kukina, and participated in the festivals organized by Slava Polunina. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, Sorokina and her colleagues discovered contact improve, and participated widely and various European dance forums. Sorokina’s work as a producer is driven by her desire to learn and share new ideas with others, and to pursue projects that encourage personal creative development. Her main project over the past few years has been the establishment of the annual dance festival THE BODY WORD: contemporary dance and improvisation in cooperation with literature (founded 2005). Along with collaborators, she also recently launched a new educational project, an international seminar called “PervoSvyet: New Century, New Methodologies, New Dance”, which focuses on methodologies of working with body, motion, and dance, for educators working with children, adults, people with special needs, and at-risk populations.