Photo: Malcolm Johnson

Russian-born Olga Maloney grew up in Moscow, one of the world’s great skating and ballet centres. After graduating at Moscow State University, Olga Maloney worked in the USSR’s Ministry of Sports from 1981. In 1987 she became Tour Manager for Torvill & Dean and the Russia All Stars, accompanying them on their international tours. Later, Olga worked as Tour Director for the ‘All Stars’ in shows including Sleeping Beauty on Ice and Beauty and the Beast on Ice with David Essex.

In 1998 Olga became Artistic Director of Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance (BIFF). As a result of her work at Billingham Olga was elected as a Council member of CIOFF (International Council of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Arts). Since 2013 Olga has been the International Council’s Secretary General.

Olga has worked with Balbir Singh on Peacock Lake (which premiered at Billingham Festival in 2016), has supported the developing creative collaboration between Balbir and figure skater Gary Beacom, and was instrumental in initiating the recent collaboration between Balbir Singh and Absolutely Legless Irish dance troupe which led to their highly successful international performance of United Folk: Stories of Love Loss and Hope in United Arab Emirates in 2019.

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A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Performance
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Accessibility
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art