Alena Papina is a dance artist, educator and curator, researcher of site-specific art. Her main interest relies in the field of space investigation throughout the body, as well as socially and politically engaged art, development of the contemporary dance community and interdisciplinary interaction with a wide range of subjects of knowledge.
At Rote Fabrik Alena will be continuing her research on site-specificity both in theoretical and practical ways. Seeing Switzerland as a “safe space” during severe Russian protests and governmental reaction against them, Alena will be finding a way not to fall into escapist touristic optics on existing surroundings rather than embodying these two colliding worlds – her anxious home country from Facebook news and peaceful foreign landscapes of Switzerland.
Graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University and got an MA degree in Choreography at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Ph.D. student at the HSE School of Art and Design.
Collaborated with Garage Museum for Contemporary Art, Open Look Festival, Rodchenko School and many more. Curated at TSEKH Contemporary Dance Center. Founder of the educational project Looks Like Dance Laboratory. Artist-in-residence at the Meyerhold Center (Moscow, Russia), ZIL Cultural Center (Moscow, Russia), ZARYA Contemporary Art Center (Vladivostok, Russia). Nominated for the Kuryokhin Prize (2018, 2019).