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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 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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The Idea (learning to dance)
My destiny to bring them together
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts (learning to dance)
The story (love and spice)
Dance with live cooking
On the trail of love and spice
Love, spice – and healthy eating
Breakdown of The Strategists
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
An interview with Kuldip Singh Bist of the Delhi Hurricanes
Overview of The Strategists
Decreasing Infinity in India
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Sooraj Subramaniam
Breakdown of the piece (12)
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Moon, dance
The Collaborators
Bones, Bodies and Beats
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Script (12)
BMX and Flatland terminology
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (2)
Running order (full contact)
Watersplash! Uncovering hidden histories to reach new audiences
When Worlds Collide
Immersed in music
In the presence of geniuses
Namron
Olga Maloney
Exploring hidden worlds
Gary Beacom
A bridge to India
Jesse Bannister
A lost art?
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Kimberley Hardy
body/painting – dancers at an exhibition
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
Baines Cards
Who was Sir Hans Krebs?
Synchro in the city
Kali Chandrasegaram
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar
What is Kathak?
Life blood
A new aesthetic in the sport-art of synchro
AquaKathak – the creative water workout
Balbir on working with Gary
Colouring your emotions
Abirami Eshwar