Marina Pravkina is a Barcelona-based performing artist, choreographer, teacher and founder of the Jazzbetween project.
She started dance career in 2006 with house dance (club/street dance form) and jazz fusion improvisation, taking part in the biggest international dance festivals, such as: World of Dance, Summer Dance Forever, Juste Debout. Since then, she has been interested in dances, that border on the idea of footwork and clubbing (house music and dance cultures, 80's raves, jazz improvisation) up to contemporary dance and performance.
This interest has led her to work mainly with the choreographers Adrian Vega (Spain) and Alesya Dobysh (Corpo Maquina,The Netherlands), to travel between Russia, Asia and Europe, where she has drawn inspiration from the club scene, performance and visual arts to bring the Jazzbetween project into life.
In 2016 Marina began to organise the first JazzBetween artistic meetings, that ended up exporting to Tokyo, Bratislava, Russia, until it became a resident in Barcelona as one of the most inclusive music and dance sessions of the city.
Since 2018 Marina has constantly worked on experimentation and research around the textures of sound and movement, the relationship between musical instruments and the body, experimenting with the dance languages, fusing with influences from abstract art and conceptualising the club (urban, jazz) culture in performing arts.

In 2022 Marina was an artist-in-residency at Graner, the centro de creación y artes vives, Barcelona, with the new research "The Grooves Experience".

Also she regularly creates collaborations and performs with the musicians in the formats of music concert and improvisation, the latest experiences: improvisation with Edurne Arizu and Jazzgranollers Ensemble, dance-music performance "Materia" with Adriano Galante in the EINESS (Konventzero, 2021) and Festival Keroxen (Tenerife, 2022), improvisations with Claudio Marrero at Jazzbetween dance acts.

  • "Díptico sobre la caída: Grooves & We are just ok" at Palacio de Festivales, 2022, Santander, Spain,
  • Performance "Grooves" at Festival Moujuic, 2022, Barcelona,
  • Performance "DVOYE" /finalist, Rotterdam Duet Contemporary Competition, 2022,
  • Performance "Re.titled" / finalist, "Pasao2" 2021, Madrid, Spain,
  • Performance "We are just ok" / finalist, "Pasao2" 2021, Madrid, Spain,
  • Performance "Re.titled"/ 1st prize, XV Certamen Coreografic de Sabadell, Spain, 2020.
  • Performance "Jazzbetween.LIVE" at La Merce Festival, Barcelona, 2019.
  • Solo work "Sujeto 725", Certamen International Urban Facyl, Salamanca, 2019.
  • Performance "LAGOM" at Festival of Contemporary Music & Art «Forma», Moscow, 2017,
  • Performance LAGOM at «Universal PlayGround Festival» , Slovakia, 2017,
  • "Graces" at Festival оf Dance and Urban Culture "HОP" / Best Grоup Stage Wоrk, Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelоna, 2016.
Teaching Experience
During her 15 years experience in club/street dance, jazz fusion and contemporary improvisation she gave workshops and organised laboratories in Spain, Russia, Europe and Asia. She taught UK jazz fusion and house dance styles, as well as "jazz not jazz" improvisation, experimenting with footworks and body, using "sound-texture" tools for the development of dance improvisation & practicing.

Marina represented fresh contemporary look on jazz dance as an improvisational dance technique in the official educational program of International Jazz Day 2018 in Saint-Petersburg and hosted a course of Urban Dance Improvisation in Institute Del Teatre, Barcelona, 2019.
In 2020 she started her educational online courses and sessions of "jazz not jazz" improvisation.
In 2021 Marina launched annual "Jazz not jazz Weekend" summer program of improvisational dance sessions with the invited teachers from different dance forms with diverse approaches to improvisation and dance research.
Festival Moujuic, Barcelona, 2022
Premier: The Netherlands, Eindhoven, 2022
Premier: Barcelona, 2020
JazzBetween. Live
Premier: Barcelona, 2019
Premier: Barcelona, 2019
Premier: Moscow, 2017
ImprovisariUM: Marina Pravkina & Adrian Vega & Claudio Marrero (live)
JazzBetween Play, Barcelona, 2022
Improvisation: jazz not jazz by Marina Pravkina at Festival Keys, Moscow, 2021
MATERIA: Marina Pravkina & Adrian Vega & Adriano Galante
KonventZero, Barcelona, 2021
Conversations by Marina Pravkina & Alesya Dobysh,
Barcelona, 2020
Music video: Jazz not Jazz x LCSM - Frequency (Cengiz Remix), 2020
House Dance improvisation //Summer Dance Forever, 2020
"Rhythm"video-work: the art of Movement & Sound, 2018
UK JAZZ FUSION STYLE by Marina Pravkina, Moscow 2017
Marina Pravkina, the ideologist of JazzBetween project and organiser of JazzBetween events, also dedicates herself to selecting and playing the music.
Marina about her musical roots:
"I was into hip-hop music and extreme sport as a teenager, hanging out in the clubs, where at the same hip-hop night played drum and bass and techno music, later when I moved to Moscow and started to be a part of the dance community my tastes evolved into funk, house and future beats music, later on dancing to one of the jazzy remixes on the house track, I discovered the jazz. From that moment my musical preferences started to revolve around all types of music with a hint of jazz: jazz-hop, broken beats, jazz fusion, bebop, jazztronica.
In 2015 i created couple of radio podcasts, speaking about young music producers and playing jazz-inspired music and later i became a DJ with the idea to transmit all the music I liked, as a dancer and as a listener: everything between jazz that grooves me in the dancing room or on the dance floor".
As a DJ she generates her personal vision between jazz, club grooves and electronic sound as a JazzBetween music.

Marina: "The DJ sets that I like to play now are always an invisible musical bridge between the past and the future of jazz music with warm feeling of live sound".

In 2016 she started to organise the first JazzBetween events in Moscow, that ended up exporting to Saint-Petersburg, Tokyo and Bratislava and finally had been based in Barcelona as one of the most avant-garde Jazz not Jazz sessions.
Her interest lies in the renewal of the relation between dance and music, clearly seen in Jazzbetween and her inexplicable way to generate a space that can be co-inhabited by artists who came from Jazz and Not Jazz. This radical binomial is the place where Marina Pravkina finds the tools to build the "Gray Scale" that one can see in her art.
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