Russian choreographer Tatiana Baganova and her company Provincial Dances Theater first appeared at ADF in 1994. Since then, she has premiered five works commissioned by the festival, both with her company as well as with ADF students as part of the International Choreographers Commissioning Program. Today, she serves as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Below, Ms. Baganova shares some of her most memorable moments at ADF and the meaningful relationships she has developed with ADF staff.
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First of all, I’m endlessly thankful to Charles and Stephanie Reinhart, Jodee Nimerichter, and Donna Faye Burchfield. They all played meaningful roles in my life. In 1994 they gave an opportunity to dancers of my company to participate in workshops and internships for free. In 1999, I participated in the International Choreographers Commissioning Program, and the proposal to join it was a turning point in my creative life.
The first performance that I created within the program was Maple Garden. For [the performance] I was looking for girls with long hair–the idea was to hang them by their hair on trees. During my first days at ADF, I was staring at everyone with long hair. The most beautiful and gorgeous hair that caught my eye belonged to David Ferri, the technical director of the festival. This way we got to know each other. David is one of the iconic figures for ADF. Coming back to the Festival from time to time, I’m happy to see him at the head of technical staff. I’m grateful to him for the cooperation, his professionalism and bright individual personality. My special thanks and appreciation I send to David Ferri.