Boundaries and opportunities, trust, power, and love—the new international project Bluebeard from Tatiana Baganova has it all.
$15 per household
ADF presents the premiere of “Bluebeard,” Tatiana Baganova’s latest work inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairy tale “Bluebeard,” featuring Provincial Dances Theater (recorded on stage in Yekaterinburg, Russia) and Charles Slender-White (recorded on stage in San Francisco, CA). The program is 30 minutes in length.


Tatiana Baganova and Charles Slender-White met at ADF in 2004 when Charles was an ADF scholarship student and Tatiana was at ADF with her company, Provincial Dances Theatre. Charles recalled,
“I met Tatiana in 2004 during my first summer as a student at the American Dance Festival. I immediately fell in love with her choreography and told her that I wanted to work for her when I finished college. She was amused, and I persistently stayed in touch. In 2006, we met again at ADF. I auditioned for her every day for four weeks, she offered me a spot in the company, and I moved to Russia about two months later. From 2006 to 2008, I toured all over Russia and Europe with Provincial Dances, began teaching company class, and started making choreography at local universities. In 2008, I moved back to California to start my own company, FACT/SF.
“My relationship with ADF and Tatiana started 17 years ago, when I was still a student and very new to dance. ADF provided me with encouragement, community, and invaluable training. The festival put me in touch with Tatiana and other amazing choreographers who in turn helped me start and sustain a career in dance. What an absolute honor to be a part of this project – to engage with ADF in another new capacity and to be collaborating with Tatiana 15 years after she offered me that first job.”
Tatiana Baganova

Rio Wolta in collaboration with Daniel Hobi, Pascale Güdel, and Kaspar Rast


Charles Slender-White 

Kirill Zaytsev
Anton Shmakov
Ekaterina Zanina
Anastasia Enyutina
Arthur Galimullin
Ksenia Burmistrova
Mikhail Leskin
Lyubov Savchuk

Lighting Designer:
David Ferri

Set designer:
Alexander Polagaev

Costume Designer:
Yuri Pomelov



Tatiana Baganova is a choreographer and a dancer based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She is the artistic director of Provincial Dances Theatre and a multiple-time nominee and winner of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award. Years of work at the Provincial Dances Theatre and the creation of many award-winning performances at international festivals have allowed her to develop her own method of body orientation and training for a “new holistic dancer.” Her collaborations with famous Russian directors in opera include The Fiery Angel, Manon Lescaut (the Bolshoi Theater), Macbeth (The Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre), Catherine the Great, Yama (Sverdlovsk Academic Theater of Musical Comedy), La Traviata, Carmen (Ural Opera Ballet), Lulu (Bayerische Staatsoper), and Antigone (Perm Academic Theater-Theater). She created an original version of The Rite of Spring for the Bolshoi Theater which opened at the Century of the Rite of Spring – Century of Modernism festival in 2013. Tatiana Baganova’s long-term collaboration with the American Dance Festival has resulted in five performances staged as part of ADF’s International Choreographers Commissioning Program. Russian adaptations of Maple Garden and Post-Engagement. Diptych. Part II received Golden Mask awards. Tatiana Baganova is considered one of the leaders of contemporary Russian dance, and many of her works have already become legendary.

Charles Slender-White is a contemporary dance artist and organizer. Originally from San Diego, Slender-White moved to Yekaterinburg, Russia, in 2006 to become the first American to join Tatiana Baganova’s
Provincial Dances Theatre. Under Baganova’s direction, he toured throughout Russia and Europe, dancing in
her renowned works including Les Noces, Wings at Tea, and Post-Engagement. In 2008, Slender-White
relocated to San Francisco to establish his own contemporary dance company, FACT/SF. With FACT/SF, he has performed, made choreography, and taught across North America, Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, and Australia. Slender-White has choreographed more than 40 works, with significant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, US Department of State, Trust for Mutual Understanding, San Francisco Arts Commission, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and numerous others. He began teaching Countertechnique in 2012, and is currently one of 36 Countertechnique Teachers worldwide. Slender-White graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with undergraduate degrees in Dance & Performance Studies and English Literature. He also has a long history with the American Dance Festival. He studied there as a scholarship student in 2004, 2005, and 2006, returned to teach master classes in 2007 and 2009, and joined the faculty in 2019. Slender-White initially met Baganova during his first summer at ADF, and he is grateful for ADF’s continued support and engagement over the past 17 years. He is thrilled to be part of this 2021 collaboration with Baganova and Provincial Dances Theatre.


Rio Wolta (composer) was born in 1988, survived his teens in the Swiss Alps, and studied history in Zurich and Berlin. He lives in Zurich and works in between contemporary music, film, theater, and fine arts. He is a frequent collaborator with Piet Baumgartner. His current work includes “Belle Epoque” (record, 2021), “Bittersweet Tea Symphony” (live, 2021), “Trottinett Ballett” (live, 2021), and “Bluebeard” (live, 2021). Past work includes “Concert In The Dark” (live, 2018), “No More Intimate Music” (record, 2018), “Showroom” (live, 2018), “Pigs” (video, 2018), “Wir haben keine Zeit” (live, 2017), “Maschinen” (live, 2016), “Shotgun” (video, 2016), “Through My Street (video, 2016), and “Swing For The Nation” (record, 2015). His residencies include  Provincial Dances, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2021), Taipei Arts Festival, Taipei, Taiwan (2018), Hôtel Sainte-Valière, France (2018), and Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China (2017). He has received awards at the Bogota Short Film Festival, Columbia, Sehsüchte Babelsberg, Germany, My Sound of Music Salzburg, Austria, m4music Zurich, Switzerland, La Guarimba Film Festival Amantea, Italy, and International Music Video Festival Paris, France.

David Ferri (Lighting Designer) is the Lighting Designer and Technical Director at Vassar College. He has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Jane Comfort, Eiko and Koma, David Rousseve, and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the American Dance Festival since 1996. Recipient of 1987-1988 “Bessie” Award for his design of Doug Varone’s “Straits”, and 2000-2001 “Bessie” Award for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design. He was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 in NYC from 1985 to 1991. Mr Ferri has designed lighting for many of Ms. Baganova’s works beginning with “Crows” at ADF in 1999.


Provincial Dances Theatre was established in 1990 and is one of the first contemporary dance theaters in Russia. Since its inception, Provincial Dances Theatre has toured 53 cities in 19 countries, as well as 33 cities within Russia. Twelve productions were nominated for the most prestigious Russian National Theatre Award, the Golden Mask: “A Man Waiting,” “Les Noces,” “Maple Garden,” “A Quiet Life with Herrings,” “Wings at Tea,” “Lazy Susan,” “Post-Engagement. Diptych. Part II,” “This is Not a Love Song,” “SEPIA,” “Measure of Bodies,” and “Imago-Trap.” Five pieces of her works have won the Golden Mask: “Les Noces,” “Maple Garden,” “Post-Engagement. Diptych. Part II,” “This is Not a Love Song,” and “Imago-Trap.” Provincial Dances Theatre participated in the production of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” at the Bolshoi Theater. This was a landmark event where contemporary and classical dance troupes worked together for the first time in the history of the Bolshoi.


Bluebeard by Tatiana Baganova featuring Provincial Dances Theatre and Charles Slender-White is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.