Floor on Fire

Ruslan Stepanov

“Floor on fire” is a framework and a space for navigating transition, a transition between what was and what is yet to come. A threshold. Where “in-betweens” might be called liminal space - a place of transition.

  • Author / performer:Ruslan Sepanov
  • Co-authors / performers:Elle Viies, Maryn-Liis Rüütelmaa, Sigrid Savi, Johhan Rosenbeg, Igor Lider, Karl Saks
  • Dramaturge / Photographer:Alissa Šnaider
  • Sound design:Artjom Astrov
  • Set design:Mikk-Mait Kivi
  • Scenography:Linda Mai Kari
  • Graphic design:Jaan Evart
  • Photos:Alissa Šnaider
  • Producer:Annika Üprus, elektron.art
  • Special thanks:Mart Kangro, Henry Kasch, Asmus Soodla, Revo Koplus, Anastasija Leonova
  • Supporters:Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinn city
  • Premiere:04.04.2024 elektron.art arthall
  • Performances:4, 5, 6, 7.04 at 20:00 elektron.art art hall / Kopli 27, Tallinn, 26.04 at 20:00 Viljandi Dance Week at UT Viljandi Culture Academy black-box / Posti 1, Viljandi
  • Duration:60’
  • Tickets:12/17 EUR
  • Language no problem

In this piece the performers are approaching choreography as a language. Dealing with it as fixed physical material that in turn needs a text. Text that describes it, however, following the nature of the work itself, does not give a definitive answer as to what it is, but rather creates an opportunity to take it for what it is.

Ruslan Stepanov has worked as a dancer and choreographer in the ballet company of Vanemuine, lived and worked in Görlitz and Berlin in Germany. Currently he’s a freelance artist, performer and teacher in Estonia.

In his artistic practice, Ruslan has by now come to the understanding that there is no other way to delve into the creative process than through co-creation. Therefore he has engaged performers and artists who have strong individual presence, that embodies also the challenge of how to make space for each other. They act as co-authors for Ruslan who raises questions within the process that are then answered by each performer-artist. Although as a whole it is interpreted together. Therefore, both the question and the focus of the answer are common, but the form of the answer depends on the language in which someone communicates with the spectators.