HSE Dancers Examine the Dark Side of the Female Soul
The HSE’s Sona Hovsepyan Dance Company has won the grand prize at the Klyuchi (Keys) experimental dance festival, also taking home a cash prize and the right to perform and premier an original show at the 2017 festival.
The Sona Hovsepyan Dance Company performed an 11-minute extract from the Dark Femininity show in front of a jury comprising director and choreographer Egor Druzhinin, Broadway Dance Center teacher Charles Smith, and actress Ebony Johnson.
Dark Femininity is a joint piece developed by Sona Hovsepyan and famous accordionist Arseny Strokovsky. The musical part of the show involved complex, avant garde pieces by Scandinavian composers – performed by Arseny. The choreography and staging is based on the Kabbalah myth about Lilith – Adam’s first wife – who is said to have become an evil daemon.
‘The music we chose not only difficult for the audience, but also for the dancers, as a dance troupe we managed it, although I still don’t quite understand how,’ Sona said. ‘It involved a huge amount of pressure and concentration. The show combines the latest technology and classical dance, we use pointe shoes. Dark Femininity is an auteur piece, it is highly experimental and was a real test for me, as a choreographer, to see if I could learn a new language. And working with avant garde music means you simply can’t limit yourself to stylistic boundaries, there are many different layers involved here. Now we’re working on a show and performance for the Golden Mask expert council, we’ve put in our application, it’s been accepted and that’s already a significant professional achievement.’
The performance can be seen in its entirety on May 23 on the Grand Stage at the ZIL Cultural Center.
HSE University has maintained its leading position in the ranking compiled by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The ranking evaluated the websites of 65 Russian universities. HSE was awarded 104 points out of 108, increasing its position by 11 points on last year. HSE's closest rival ranked a further 17 points behind, which is a larger gap than previously.
The HSE’s business incubator was recognized by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) as Incubator of the Year in the first youth internet entrepreneurship forum.
The Russian Tap-Dance Championships are part of the XIII World Dance Olympiad. HSE tap dancers are always among the winners, but this year’s haul was particularly rich.
Graduates of the joint FIFA/CIES – HSE programme in Sports Management have won the FIFA/CIES Network Prize for 2016 for their 360º Academy project. The winners were awarded their prize by Gianni Infantino.
Three HSE students of the educational programme in Asian and African Studies became winners of the 10th Interuniversity Olympiad in Arabic language.
A team from HSE has made it to the Regional Finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2015/2016, recently held in Chicago. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.
The Higher School of Economics boasts several dozen dance studios. One of the oldest is the Sona Hovsepyan Dance Company, which has been operating at HSE since 2007. Correspondents for HSE News visited a modern jazz dance class at the studio, and heard first hand from students about how they manage to combine hobbies with their studies, and what future doing dance opens up for them.
Second year Software Engineering students Anton Kondrashov and Alexander Lazarenko have taken first place in the Robot Battle hackathon organized by Yandex. Participants had to write a bot for any popular messaging service, that could quickly and easily solve users’ payment problems.