Future projects

  • Group work (fall 2022)

    A longer group work (± 30 minutes) as part of a triple bill with two of the world’s most renowned choreographers. Soon to be announced.

  • Group work (spring 2022)

    A longer group work (± 25 minutes) for the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. This choreography will be part of the Shooting Stars programme that will tour the Netherlands, starting in the spring of 2022.

Previous work

  • Rose (2021)

    Ballet film for Dutch National Ballet, both directed and choreographed by Milena Sidorova. Music by Brent Lewis, Doris Day, CAN and Free the Robots. Praised by major Dutch newspapers NRC HandelsbladVolkskrant and Trouw, as well as Dance Europe magazine. Available on YouTube.

    Dance Europe magazine:

    “Very cinematic”, “deliciously sensual”

    Trouw:

    “Sidorova makes Rose sparkle with a zest for life in a choreographic language that won’t leave you unmoved for a second.”

    Movement Exposed:

    “The nicest surprise of the evening was a short dance film Rose. […] Sidorova is heavily influenced by Latin ballroom dancing, making optimal use of the sharp lines of Latin and the dancers’ long, long legs.”

  • Reset (2020)

    Group work for Dutch National Ballet, part of the new programme ‘Dancing Apart Together’. Premiered at September 2020. Music by Vivian Fung.

    Dance Europe magazine:

    “Milena Sidorova has created a refreshingly original piece with a musical and interesting movement idiom and creative stage patterns. Jessica Xuan and Jared Wright were wrapped deliciously around one another and the light-hearted interpretation of Vivian Fung’s music for pizzicato strings with little bobs and mouse-like runs was delightful. Sidorova has proved more than capable of choreographing for the big stage and hopefully we will see much more of her in the future.”

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  • Hold On (2020)

    Group work for Dutch National Ballet, inspired by the global lockdown due to the corona virus. Music from the Dutch band Di-rect. This choreography immediately went viral with 100.000+ views on YouTube and more than a million views on Facebook.

    Rick Astley:

    “Absolutely incredible, it brought a tear to my eye. It shows everything that we’re going though perfectly. […] It made me have a little cry this morning.”

  • New Project (2020)

    Intimate duet, made possible by a fellowship of The Center for Ballet and the Arts of NYU. To premiere in New York City. Temporarily suspended due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Kriebel (2019)

    International production for a young audience (2+) in partnership with Dutch National Opera, Oorkaan and Philharmonie Luxembourg. Premiered on October 19, 2019 in Amsterdam and scheduled to tour internationally for the next years.

    Winner of the YAM awards 2020. From the jury:

    Very high level. The artists are excellent. Many nice ideas and great movements. It is just amazing how sometimes a performance becomes something more. Here it happens. […] The preciseness of all the artistic intensions is a delight. To make art for children from 2 till 5 years and still make it interesting for all ages, also parents is extremely difficult, but in this production they have nailed it.”

  • A.I. (2018)

    Premiered at the Dutch National Ballet and featured at Lowlands Festival. Performed at Ballet Royal Gala 2018 in Tallinn and selected for International Draft Works 2019 (Royal Opera House).

    Bachtrack:

    It’s rare for contestants to have two bites of the cherry, as Dutch National Ballet’s Milena Sidorova did with her gorgeous duet in the first half and a sparkling, ebullient solo, A.I., for Aya Okumura that closed the show.”

    Culture Whisperer:

    “Easiest to love were Milena Sidorova’s two short pieces for Dutch National Ballet. AI, which closed the programme, was a riff on Artificial Intelligence, danced with verve and humour by Aya Okumura. It was a fast moving work, where robotic gestures regularly broke the dazzling flow of movement.

  • SAND (2018)

    Premiered at the Dutch National Ballet and featured at Lowlands Festival. Selected for International Draft Works 2019 (Royal Opera House). Awards: Critic’s Choice Best Premiere in leading dance magazine Dance Europe.

    British Theatre Guide:

    “The standout choreographer of the evening is Milena Sidorova.”

    Dance Europe Magazine:

    Best of all were two pieces of Milena Sidorova of Dutch National Ballet. […] Danced to the Groove Armada track At the river, one could almost see the sand dunes and inhale the salty air referred to in the lyrics as the dancers swayed and swooped through Sidorova’s musical, expressive movement; her obvious choreographic skill and talent mark her out as one to watch.”

  • Withdrawn (2017)

    A choreography that highlights people’s relationship with technology, obsession over social media, addiction to ‘likes’ and its influence on existing and newly formed human relationships. Also performed by the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company in 30+ theaters (2018/2019).

    Bachtrack:

    “Milena Sidorova’s inventive Withdrawn looks deceptively simple. The most telling tale of the evening, it elicits the most laughs and sparks tangible discomfort from the audience. It starts the most beautiful pas de deux of the evening. […] The beautiful choreography cleverly manages to increase their emotional distance while keeping them physically close. No matter the inversion or pose, the couple returns to stare at their screens. This piece, with its measured use of silence and music combined with complex lifts is a demonstration of Sidorova’s seemingly endless dance vocabulary. She rarely repeats herself.

    SeeingDance.com:

    Milena Sidorova has a proven talent for comedy and so often finds an interesting angle. She applies this skill to Withdrawn, focusing on the modern preoccupation with technology and our addiction to smart phone screens. The duets, based on clever moves as dancers stay glued to social media rather than gazing into their partners’ eyes, were fun and inventive.”

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  • NUMBER 9, Waltz-ish (2016)

    Fresh love (duet)

    Bachtrack:

    “It’s quintessential Sidorova: playful, ingenious, funny. Her work is consistent in quality, conceptually coherent and shows off her successful search for an ever expanding dance vocabulary that remains her own. This piece presents very different moves from her previous work, but there is a connection nonetheless… a sign of a mature choreographer.”

  • 3D Tango (2015)

    Two tangos, three dancers

    Bachtrack:

    “Choreographer Milena Sidorova is not afraid to experiment, and, with an expanding dance vocabulary, takes on different styles in her continuing series of ‘Waltz-Ish’ pieces, mixed here with a 3D Tango. Combined with a great choice of musical accompaniment, fluid, conscientious innovative movements, her work shows she can both enthral an audience and tell a story.

  • Sinners’ Ball (2014)

    The ball scene based on Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita

  • Duet for her… (2014)

    The guiding power of the great unseen

    Theaterkrant.nl:

    “Once again, her movement language really looks her own – here she combines fluid with angular, passionate with soft. When the dance becomes more intense, this is carefully constructed. With dancers Hannah Grennell and Skyler Martin, she chose the perfect combination to portray her idea of angels guiding us on our life path. The movements are so tailored to them that they are able to interpret the choreography in an honest, convincing and moving way.”

  • Kostadinka (2008)

    Playful choreography based on Bulgarian folklore music

  • The Spider (2000)

    My first choreography, which helped me to win many awards; still very popular on YouTube