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