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AGENTS OF CHANGE: PROMOTING TOLERANCE AND ACCEPTANCE IN RUSSIA By Vasily Kolotilov, The Moscow Times

Justin Lifflander

Andrei Lyubimov Choreographer Margarita Rebetskaya has been working on her Cinderella dance project for over a year. Her performers, from the Open Art Theater, all have Down Syndrome. They are able to socialize through dance during their weekly rehearsals.

Andrei Lyubimov

Choreographer Margarita Rebetskaya has been working on her Cinderella dance project for over a year. Her performers, from the Open Art Theater, all have Down Syndrome. They are able to socialize through dance during their weekly rehearsals.

18 January (Moscow) A rehearsal is being held in a large hall — light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling windows onto the performers. Some dance, some sit sprawled across the floor watching their compatriots. “Kostik, stand up, you’re going to get cold,” the choreographer scolds. A young man slouched on the wooden parquet rises, shooting another performer with imaginary pistols before goading him into wrestling — they are ignored. After grappling briefly, they embrace before returning their attention to the proceedings.

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