Akademgorodok – Silicon Forest
A Documentary Dance Performance on Utopian Urban Planning

Akademgorodok – Silicon Forest

Science and technology are meant to improve the world. But how and where do people conduct their research best? In South-Siberia there is Akademgorodok, a science city since the late 50ies, a successful place with particle accelerators, fusion reactors, and, as of recently, Start-Ups and IT companies. What happens to a Soviet utopian dream of an ideal science city in the age of globalization – the era of migrating „high-potentials“ – the so called brain-drain?
post theater set up an A.I., an artificial intelligence, that organizes the evening and asks contemporary dancers to feed input. The audience witnesses a special experiment that fuses worlds as diverse as the USSR, Silicon Valley and Science Fiction cities.
post theater invited Maria Pyatkova to join the artistic direction for this project, as Maria is a child of Akademgorodok and grew up as a daughter of scientists, studying molecular biology before she became a choreographer and dancer.

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Premiere and Touring

PALERMO Galerie Stuttgart, September 2016

Press Quotes

„How do you dance topics such as freedom, money, enthusiasm, science? The solutions that the dancers find are captivating and not without a sense of humor.”
(Thomas Morawitzky in Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 4th, 2016)


Artistic direction: Maria Pyatkova, Max Schumacher, Hiroko Tanahashi
Dance/Performance: Luis Hergon, Mariko Koh, Patrick Khatami, Maria Pyatkova, Tata Ziegler
Video art: Hiroko Tanahashi, Yoann Trellu
Sound/Music: Sibin Vassilev
Architectural model/Installation: Michl Schmidt
Choreography: Maria Pyatkova
Press agent: Heike Diehm/k3 Berlin.
Production management: Mario Stumpfe.

Funded by the Ministery for Research and Culture, State of Baden-Württemberg via LaFT BW and HOMEBASE scheme of Fonds Darstellende Künste, Federal Governement. Supported by the Goethe Institut Novosibirsk, the Palermo-Galerie Stuttgart, Axel-Springer-Plug&Play and Accenture.