KSENIYA PETRENKOProgram Bio
August 2009: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, and New York City
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Kseniya Petrenko is interested in fusing dance and theater techniques into performances that embody the range of possibilities in both of these genres. She studied acting at the Theater Institute in Tashkent with Mark Weil of the Ilkhom Theater. Moving to Chelyabinsk, she continued her studies, obtaining a degree in Theater Directing at the Academy of Culture and the Arts and taking master classes with instructors from across Russia, Europe, and the US. Petrenko teaches dramatic movement at the university level and works as a movement director for drama theaters in Chelyabinsk. She has directed five full length theater productions, twenty shorts, and two performance pieces for the Laptev Sea Movement Theater, which she founded in 2000. In 2009 she began directing at the New Artistic Theater (Chelyabinsk). In 2004 Petrenko became one of the directors of The Liquid Theater, which won The Golden Mask Award for Experimental Theater in 2009.