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Submissions now open for the 10th edition of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival

Submissions for the 10th anniversary edition of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival are now open! Filmmakers, dance artists, animators, visual artists and digital art makers are invited to submit their works for the International and Romanian Short Film Competitions of the festival that will take place between September 5 – 8, 2024, under the theme of “Mapping Bodies”.

The 10th anniversary edition of BIDFF, “Mapping Bodies”, aims to create a space for dialogue and exchange of experience, mapping bodies in different cultural or socio-political contexts and presenting new perspectives on the contemporary world, touching on its emotions, concerns and topics of reflection. Contemporary dance is created in the present time, with means of the present. It infuses other art forms with new meanings, it has a major potential to transform our relationship with the body and it enriches the way we communicate and express ourselves. Over the four festival days, dancers, choreographers, visual artists, directors, virtual reality creators, theoreticians and producers are engaged in more than 20 events structured in five sections characterised by diversity, multiplicity and openness. Interconnected, they form a dance map with artistic journeys from various contexts.

Deadlines
→ Regular: June 14 2024
→ Late: July 12, 2024
All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their submission by July 31, 2024.

How to Apply
→ Submit your film on FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/bidff2024
→ Find more information on our website: https://www.bidff.ro/open-call-2024 

Awards & Prizes
BIDFF awards excellence, novelty and courage in filmmaking with a prize pool of 1500 euros.
Awards:
→ Best International Film
→ Best Romanian Film

Rules & Terms
The competitive section is dedicated to short films only and is divided into International and Romanian. The board will take into consideration fiction, documentary and animation films that either use movement to explore an idea or speak about issues related to the body and the world of dance and performance. We also highly encourage you to apply if you have a short film that explores the future of art, questioning issues related to the ethics of collaboration, communication, and co-existence.

We are looking for:
→ short dance films of a maximum of 20 minutes, produced in the last two years;
→ short dance films in the genres of dance film, screen-dance, dance for camera and musical, animation, fiction or documentary shorts about the body or the world of dance, experimental shorts conceptually oriented around the idea of movement;
→ short dance films with a minimum quality of Full HD (1920 x 1080);
→ each director can submit a maximum of two films.

We are NOT looking for:
→ music videos, trailers or recordings of performances, films already submitted in the previous years to BIDFF, one-minute films, commercials, home-made videos.

We offer:
→ money awards for Best International Film and Best Romanian Film;
→ free entry to all the events of the festival, excluding workshops that require a previous application.

BIDFF is organized by the Tangaj Collective Association.

“Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, the 10th edition” is a cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

The partners and hosts of the festival are: the French Institute (Cinema Elvire Popesco), Grădina cu filme – Cinema & More, Peasant Museum Cinema, Masca Theatre, Roaba de Cultură, /SAC @ MALMAISON, the National Center for Dance Bucharest, Linotip – Centru Independent Coregrafic, Centrul Rezidențial pentru persoane vârstnice „Amalia și Șef Rabin Dr. Moses Rosen”, ADO – Asociația Artă pentru Drepturile Omului.

About BIDFF

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival is a platform for exquisite films that use movement as their main language or the body as their main subject. Faced with the camera lenses, the body becomes the main focus of cutting-edge arthouse films with a sometimes transparent, sometimes coded meaning, but always challenging the viewer to a playful exchange of information about social life, politics, extreme emotions, interesting places and oddly beautiful aesthetics. The festival takes place each year in September, in multiple locations from Bucharest, Romania. Besides film screenings, BIDFF organizes panels, exhibitions, public presentations and film production labs.
Contact details:

Moving Balkans Announces the Successful Closure of its Open Call for Artists

Moving Balkans Contemporary Dance Platform dedicated to supporting contemporary dance and bringing together dance organizations from the Balkans, is pleased to announce the successful closure of its first open call for artists, which ran from 4 April to 2 June 2024. The open call has received an impressive total of 173 applications.

The artistic board which consist of all the Artistic Directors of the network will review all submitions and select the Top10 applicants, which will be announced in September 2024. There will be three phases of the process:

Phase 1: Filtering all eligible works.
Phase 2: The artistic board along with two international experts selecting 15 works.
Phase 3: Voting for the final 10 works.

The Top10 applicants will be presented on the first edition of the Moving Balkans Contemporary Dance Showcase that will take place from 10 May to 13 May 2025 in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia), and Zagreb (Croatia). It will offer artists and audiences a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, interact, and become part of a vibrant new artistic network. Selected performances will be presented across the three host cities, engaging both the general public and international professionals in the field of contemporary dance. Additionally, the works will benefit from our network touring scheme, allowing for broader exposure and continued artistic exchange.

For more information about Moving Balkans, please visit our website or contact us at .

Email: Website: www.movingbalkans.eu

The project is co-funded by the European Union.

The third edition of Ecosistem International Performing Arts Festival is launched! The festival offers 3 creation grants and launches a national open call

The third edition of Ecosistem International Performing Arts Festival is launched! The festival offers 3 creation grants and launches a national open call.

The Ecosistem International Performing Arts Festival continues in 2024 with its 3rd edition, taking place from 24 August to 1 September in Bucharest, in multiple locations.

An awards edition

Among the few festivals in Romania that are active on the international performativity scene, Ecosistem III is a place for collaborative dialogue between artists, an accelerator dedicated to professionals at the beginning of their career and a platform through which people from all over the world – creators and audiences – meet and enjoy together the variety of current forms of performing arts.

This year, Ecosystem addresses the theme of Public Skin, and opens a political and poetic conversation about identity and autonomy in the context of climate crisis and pandemics, war and migration.

The current edition artistically tenses the phenomenon and proposes a sensitive approach: through the festival programme, Public Skin focuses on vulnerable bodies, reflections on the exteriority of the person and the social ecosystem, courageous approaches and innovative spirit.

Bringing for the first time to Bucharest some of the most outstanding European performance works on the theme of identity and the body, Ecosistem 2024 brings together performances and workshops, workshops and debates, installations and networking sessions, friendly evenings and parties. It is a festival of intersections, of the dynamisation of the city from the periphery to the centre, but also of gestures of compassion towards the differences that make us unique.

Opportunities for artists

NATIONAL OPEN CALL

In order to facilitate the access of the local performance scene to the global context, Ecosistem opens its programme with two opportunities for artists.Î

Deadline înscrieri: 10 iulie

3 BURSE DE CREAȚIE

Fiindcă Ecosistem sprijină deopotrivă rezultatele spectaculare și procesele care iau timp, festivalul înaintează 3 burse pentru profesioniștii emergenți. 

În perioada 1 august-1 septembrie, cei 3 bursieri (sau cele 3 echipe de bursieri) vor beneficia de resurse financiare și mentorat spre a crea un work-in-progress în siajul temei Public Skin

Beneficiarii burselor, în valoare de 500€ fiecare, vor lucra în spațiul partener al Teatrului Luni de la Green Hours și vor avea o reprezentație cu public în 1 septembrie. Formularul de înscriere se regăsește aici.

First, a national open call. By applying with an application form that can be accessed here, artistic teams from all over the country can propose their show to be included in the festival programme.

The selected show will be performed on 25 August at the Masca Theatre, one of Ecosistem’s supporters. In partnership with Masca, Ecosistem is offering the team of the chosen project a remuneration of €1000. The team will be guaranteed rehearsal time on the 24th and 25th, and 2 nights’ accommodation in the theatre’s accommodation facilities, limited to three rooms, if necessary.

Application deadline: 10 July

3 CREATIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

As Ecosystem supports both spectacular results and time-consuming processes, the festival is advancing 3 scholarships for emerging professionals.

From 1 August to 1 September, the 3 fellows (or 3 teams of fellows) will receive financial resources and mentoring to create a work-in-progress on the Public Skin theme.

The scholarship recipients, worth €500 each, will work in the Luni Theatre’s partner space at Green Hours and have a performance with an audience on 1 September. The application form can be found here.

Ecosystem returns in July with a festival programme and new surprises.

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The Ecosystem Festival is produced by the Sangri-La Artistic Ground Association.

Partners: UNICAT & co, Masca Theatre, CREART – Teatrelli, Metropolis Theatre, National Centre of Dance Bucharest, National University of Theatre and Cinematographic Arts “I.L. Caragiale”, Goethe Institut, Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Centre Bucharest, French Institute of Romania, Green Hours, Insula 42, Teatrul Azi – Cultural Foundation “Camil Petrescu”, ACCEPT Association, Beatrice Von Babel, RHEA Artistic Exploration Platform, ETAJ artist-run space, /SAC, The Fool, Apollo 111, OBOR AMOR, Augmented Space Agency, Legal Resources Centre, Residential Centre for the Elderly “Amalia and Chief Rabin Dr. Moses Rosen”, Băneasa Educational Centre, Children’s Club Sector 5, Urban Collectors, Kaya Holistic, Vizurești Popular Research and Documentation Centre, Bright Future Autism Centre.

Main media partners: ELLE, Happening, Observator Cultural, The Institute, Să fiți cuminți.

The project is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grantee.

OPEN CALL for MODINA Dance & Technology Residencies (2025)

OPEN CALL for duos of European-based dance artists and creative technologists
Deadline to apply: 4/August

ABOUT MODINA 

The project MODINA (Movement, Digital Intelligence and Interactive Audience) aims to expand the creative possibilities for contemporary dance performances, and augment the experience for the audience, using digital technology – with an emphasis on exploring artificial intelligence (AI) and audience interaction. MODINA is a 3-year Creative Europe cooperation project, co-financed by the European Union.

Within the intersection between contemporary dance and technology, increasing attention is being given to AI (computers as creative partners) and to audience interaction (a shift from passive spectators to active participants). This creates interesting challenges for dance artists and creative technologists: how to integrate computational systems and audience members in a performance as co-creators, in a way that enhances the artistic work?

ABOUT MODINA RESIDENCIES

In the scope of MODINA, we are opening a Call for Artist Residencies for multidisciplinary duos, encompassing competences in dance and in technology (particularly related to computational creativity and audience interaction), for example: a dancer/choreographer and a creative technologist. Following the successful first edition of the MODINA residencies, we are organizing 5 more residencies of 8 weeks, across 5 performance centers: CNDB (Romania), Kino Siska (Slovenia), STL (Estonia), tanzhaus nrw (Germany), and Trafo (Hungary). From these 5 residencies, 2 are ‘General’ and 3 are ‘Regional’ (more below under ‘General and Regional Tracks’). These residencies will receive the mentorship from academic partners, from 3 universities: Hochschule DüsseldorfTallinn University and University of Lisbon

The five 8-week residencies will take place between January and May 2025.

For information regarding eligibility, requirements and selection click HERE.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Apply until: 4/August (23:59 CEST/Brussels time)
  • Decision by: 17/September
    • including which of the residencies the selected candidates will be matched to (based on availability and overall fit)
  • Kick-off event in Lisbon: 15-16/January
  • Residencies: Between January and May 2025
    • CNDB, Bucharest: 20/Jan – 16/Mar 2025
    • Kino Siska, Ljubljana: 20/Jan – 16/Mar 2025
    • tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf: 24/Feb – 20/Apr 2025
    • Trafo, Budapest: 24/Feb – 20/Apr 2025
    • STL, Tallinn: 31/Mar – 25/May 2025
  • Further showcases (to be agreed later): in late 2025 / early 2026

INFO SESSION, 28/JUNE, 11AM CEST/Brussels time (ZOOM)

APPLY HERE BY 4/AUGUST (23:59 CEST/Brussels time)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Cyber-Body-Systems: Open Research & Open Call for testing technology interactions and their impact

Cyber-Body-Systems Open Research, the first stage of the Cyber-Body-Systems project, invites the audience in June (23 – 30) at the National Center for Dance Bucharest (Mărășești 80-82 Boulevard), to take part in a series of tests designed to investigate our relation with technology and the process of sensemaking based on these interactions. Our multidisciplinary team has also prepared multiple exercises based on different VR/XR/EEG experiences and sensors, and will collect feedback from all participants. 

Artists Daniela Brill (Columbia) and Ciprian Făcăeru (România), curators Dr. Claudia Schnugg (AT) and Andrei Tudose (RO), alongside scientific consultant Alexandra Sofonea (RO), will talk about their project and the way this research can help us understand the impact of technology in our lives at a deeper level, exploring human-technology interactions through performative exercises, and how can art reflect these experiences and can be used in future performative endeavors.

During the Open Research stage, the team will showcase different technologies used in the DIGI-Sense project developed at JKU Linz and some new proposals, in order to investigate the relationship we have with the ever-so-present technology around us, in order to assess its impact on how we relate to and connect with our surroundings (both digital and non-digital) through the means of trans-disciplinary artistic research, developing new understandings of what interactivity means in art, its role both in artistic creation as well as exhibiting artworks, and creating a potential reference model for artist to further develop for new media artworks.

Open Research is a free access event! We encourage the general audience and also the professionals to come, enjoy and participate! Facebook event HERE.

About Marginal Association
Marginal Association is a non-profit cultural organization that aims to support, promote and extend bridges between artists and various agents from other fields, with a focus on the humanities, i.e. the implications of science and technology in socio-cultural structures.
Sabina Suru, post-digital artist, together with Andrei Tudose, cultural manager and curator, constitute the core team of Marginal, whose aim is to aggregate a collaborative network that (re)unites fields not always associated with art – such as science and technology – and the public, in a participatory way, questioning current societal issues and the still present paradigm of the audience-viewer.

WEBSITE  –  FACEBOOK –  INSTAGRAM

About the Cyber-Body-Systems project team

Daniela Brill (CO/ AT) – artist
Daniela Brill Estrada, artist and researcher from Bogotá, lives in Vienna. Interested in the complexity of science and the aesthetics of non-hierarchical structures, she explores the origin of life, astrobiology and the physics of life. She uses the changing subject matter to discuss Western culture’s taxonomies of life and non-life.

Ciprian Făcăeru (RO) – artist
Ciprian Făcăeru, research assistant at CINETIc, UNATC and co-founder of Augmented Space Agency, studies scenographic design for interactive and XR media technologies. Virtual space architect and new media artist, his research focuses on emerging new media technologies and their social impact.

Alexandra Sofonea (RO) – scientific consultant
Alexandra Sofonea, multidisciplinary researcher and psychologist, collaborates with LDCAPEI. She addresses actor psychology and psycho-emotional health in her PhD and uses methods from neuroscience and psychology. She works as a neuroscience research assistant and NET facilitator with adolescents.

Dr Claudia Schnugg (AT) – co-curator
Dr Claudia Schnugg, independent researcher and curator, is an ArtScience expert at the Joint Research Center, Ispra. Specializing in art & science projects, she explores artistic interventions in social and organizational contexts. She has collaborated with institutions such as Science Gallery, European Space Agency and Ars Electronica.

Andrei Tudose (RO) – co-curator
Andrei Tudose, curator and cultural manager, co-founder of Marginal and VAGon. He develops projects at the intersection of art, science and technology, promoting positive societal change. With a transdisciplinary approach based on marketing, sociology and visual studies, he facilitates artistic exploration and critical discussion of contemporary issues.

Cyber-Body-Systems is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration – AFCN.

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the programme may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grantee.

Partners: National Dance Centre Bucharest, Johannes Kepler University Linz – Institute of Business Informatics – Data & Knowledge Engineering, National University of Theatre and Cinema “I.L. Caragiale” Bucharest, Austrian Cultural Forum, Augmented Space Agency.

Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Zile și Nopți, Curatorial, Mindcraft Stories, Munteanu

April’s recommendation from the CNDB media library

“Starting from my research focused on club culture and nightlife in different countries, I discovered the book TEN CITIES, which panoramas music and club culture in 10 cities in Africa and Europe from the 1960s to 2020, before the pandemic.

The book became an inspirational basis for my future project. The cities and the socio-political contexts they traverse are an informational roller-coaster. The choice of these locations is no accident; they are vibrant territories with a strong identity expressed by thousands of people dancing in unison.

These cities, less known for their club culture, reveal their need to assert their identity. I discovered dance types and musical personalities that influenced and changed crowd dynamics: this is where my Spotify playlist benefited 🙂

The book offers an engaging retrospective of the club scene in 10 cities that will make your imagination vibrate with every story. The journey begins in Nairobi…

I’ll share a few notes that have stuck in my mind:

“A club venue does not have physical and visible walls. The sound establishes the space. CLUB – shorthand for the totality of sound spaces people set up with dance music, get together and dance.” – INTRO MUSIC/SPACES

“Music and dance in the various African communities was inseparable from life and was almost everywhere attached to every activity. It defined the people’s culture in as much as it was markedly utilitarian(…). Music and dance were in most cases learned informally as part of one’s growing up to become a member of the society.” – NAIROBI

“In the 70’s a group of music lovers started to exchange or sell records. While a record was pretty expensive at the time, there was a low cost alternative for the masses: flexy discs that were usually printed on x-ray photos and were called music on the edges or music on the bones.”  – KYIV”

Aerowaves Twenty25 Open Call – apply now!

Aerowaves Twenty25 Open Call – Apply now to become an Aerowaves Artist

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe with a network of partners in 34 countries, among which the CNDB. The network is looking for the twenty emerging choreographers based in Europe.

You can now apply to become a Twenty25 artist with the opportunity to have your work presented at the Spring Forward festival next year in Gorizia (Italy), and also by many of our Aerowaves partners around Europe.

Deadline: 31 July 2024, at 5pm CEST.

Sounds interesting?

Find more information and the application form HERE.
For further queries, please contact us: .

Pop elements, trends and internet slang

Pop elements, trends and internet slang – a new premiere at the National Center for Dance Bucharest.

After “MANual”, the show that filled every performance at the National Dance Centre Bucharest (CNDB), Sergiu Diță, a choreographer on the rise, returns with a new premiere. Audiences are invited to “Memetics”, a contemporary dance performance inspired by digital culture, on 11 and 12 May. A show that will go viral, but not on the Internet, but on stage.

Memetics is an archive of digital culture, a performative space of hyperlinks transferred into the body, on which the author intervenes by remixing and re-contextualising.

The generation and spread of information online, analogous to the phenomenon of spreading viruses, changes the perception of reality and is transferred into the mode of cultural production. Starting from memes, the performance aims at the hybridization of bodies, placed between the real and the virtual plane of the avatar. As a technique, Memetics proposes juxtapositions of transgressive, critical and post-ironic elements that blur the boundary between public and private. The show proposes a fragmented, scrolling vision of reality with pop elements, trends, internet slang and viral images promoted in the Web 2.0 era. Tickets for the Bucharest performances are already on sale and can be found HERE.

A young choreographer with a strong and recognizable voice

Sergiu Diță is a young choreographer on the rise, but has already built up a recognisable choreographic language. In his performances, Sergiu Diță uses the “manifesto-collage-recitative” technique, which involves critical exposition of the subject, collage of quotations, socio-cultural clichés and text. His research involves recycling, sampling and remixing processes. “I integrate pop culture in a maximalist way into my practice to re-contextualise and hybridise already familiar images, movements and aesthetics. This kind of accessibility presented in a form with variations provides contexts for cultural reset. Pop culture supports the collage of diverse formats (musically, textually, movement-wise and in the presentation of an artistic act). Pop culture is usually associated with the industrial, the artificial and capitalist means, but I use it to critique cultural production itself.” (Sergiu Diță)

A co-production between two state institutions with different profiles

The show is co-produced with the Andrei Mureșanu Theatre in Sfântu Gheorghe and is the Grand Prize of the DbutanT Festival-competition, organized last year by TAM and the Constanta State Theatre, in partnership with CNDB and won by Sergiu Diță. “The DbutanT Festival was born out of the acute desire and need to invest in the young generation. We have been investing in them for 9 years now and the results never cease to amaze us”. (Anna Maria Popa, TAM manager)

Memetics is an important project for both co-producing institutions, as it is one of the few collaborations of its kind in the field of contemporary dance. “TAM and CNDB were co-producers of the DbutanT edition dedicated to choreography. It was clear that the co-production that will represent the DbutanT grand prize would also be a close and extremely important collaboration for both institutions. Both for the audiences in the two cities and for the artistic team, this show is a challenge, but also a great achievement and a source of pride.” (Anna Maria Popa)

About Sergiu Diță’s presence in the repertoire of the CNDB and about this collaboration between two institutions with different specificities, but linked by the desire to constantly promote artistic experimentation, Vava Stefanescu, manager of the National Center for Dance, said: “Sergiu Diță deserved the top prize in the most recent edition of the DbutanT Festival, organized by the Andrei Muresan Theatre, Sf. Gheorghe, with the performance Manual. This award is a double joy for us: first, we are eager to see a new work of the young choreographer on our stages, second, the co-production with TAM is an old wish for CNDB. Because there are few theatres in Romania that produce contemporary dance performances, that understand to include contemporary choreographic performances in their repertoire, and more than that, they programmatically dare to offer young people at the beginning of their career the chance to have all the means for a new performance.”

One of the challenges of the show is that the team is mixed, with performers from both cities. The cast includes Eva Danciu, Sofia Sitaru-Onofrei and Anca Stoica from Bucharest, and Oana Jipa and Fatma Mohamed, actors from TAM. About the challenges of this collaboration, choreographer Sergiu Diță said: “It is challenging for me to work with people who do not have the same artistic background (actresses and dancers) because we have different references and languages, including body language. That’s why it was necessary to question and recalibrate my way of working, to perform a linguistic mash-up and to rethink the body between theatricality, performativity and choreographic composition. In terms of space, the process was equally challenging, but raised questions about adaptability and how a work modulates when transplanted. Conceptually, I think this way of working and the artistic team chosen helped the desired hybridity in Memetics.”

In 2024, the CNDB celebrates its 20th anniversary, being the only national institution whose main mission is the development of choreographic culture in Romania and which operates as a producer and host of performances, while assuming equally important missions such as research, documentation and archiving, as well as the development of programs and projects for artistic education and professional training.

Main media partner
Guerilla Radio

Media Partners
Radio Romania CulturalTVR CulturalAdevarulArta MagazineZile și NopțiELLE,Happ.roThe InstituteISCOADAZeppelinFeederAgerpresLiterNetGolan MagazineMetropolis NewspaperVisit Bucharest

Message from Raluca Turcan, Minister of Culture, on the occasion of International Dance Day

“Dance is the universal language of human expression. It transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries, connecting us in an authentic way. Today we mark International Dance Day and the beneficial impact it has on everyone’s lives. Let us all celebrate this art that has the power to communicate through expression.

I congratulate all Romanian dancers and choreographers who put the world in motion to make it more beautiful. Through their creations they contribute to the development of the Romanian cultural scene, through their creativity and enthusiasm they offer the public new experiences, and through their energy and courage they have a positive impact on society. In this context, I am happy to wish the Bucharest National Dance Centre to continue with enthusiasm the extraordinary work it has been doing for 20 years. The role of this institution is essential for the development of national choreographic culture and for facilitating the participation of the local scene in the international cultural landscape. The CNDB is a strategic cultural point, including at the European level, all the more so as it will have a new headquarters, the Omnia hall, a true House of Dance, which will provide the space and resources necessary for the development of contemporary dance and will become an important meeting place between artists and the public.

Through its programmes (Season of performances, Iridescent – International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Other Reconfigurations of the Sensible, The CNDB Academy of Dance and Performance or the Performing art school for children), the CNDB ensures uninterrupted support for contemporary choreographic culture and at the same time promotes the courage to speak through dance about freedom.

Happy anniversary to dance and the freedom to move, think and transform the world through art!”

-Raluca Turcan, Minister of Culture

Job Opportunity: Lights Master

We are looking for a colleague to join our team, in the Technical Department, in the position of Lights Master. We are looking for a talented and dedicated individual to help bring our dance performances to life through stage lighting and videography.

Job description:

  1. is present in the dressing room 30 minutes before the start of the rehearsal or performance;
  2. provides lighting control for rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances and for other CNDB events, conferences, debates, meetings, etc., while ensuring that the lighting effects of the performances are properly rendered;
  3. controls, by manipulating the console, how the lighting plan has been carried out, whether the light sources have been placed on the indicated places and the console responds to commands, so as not to have difficulties in carrying out the duties of the job;
  4. knows the installation of the room (the electrical circuits that can be controlled by the light control and the direct electrical circuits for the intelligent lights), so that at all times they know how to use it;
  5. maintain relations with the author-choreographers, performers and organisers of any event taking place at the CNDB or elsewhere;
  6. regularly checks the lighting equipment and its accessories and immediately reports any problems with its operation to the line manager;
  7. informs the management of the institution of the need for materials used on the stage in good time for procurement and draws up reports on the need to purchase these products;
  8. draws up performance sheets (lighting memory, number of devices, stage signals, etc.);
  9. draws up the technical rider for all performances produced, co-produced or in the current season;
  10. uses the equipment responsibly, according to the technical book of the installation and keeps the equipment in good condition (light control, dimmer, spotlights, reflectors, intelligent lights, cables, etc.);
  11. checks that the equipment used is working properly in general and within optimum parameters;
  12. manages the assets consisting of professional sound and lighting equipment and other audio-visual equipment necessary for artistic activity;
  13. maintains and archives the lighting schemes for the Centre’s productions or co-productions;
  14. during holidays, they keep all the components they work with safe or even store them in suitable places that do not endanger their integrity in terms of technical parameters;
  15. during performances, is not allowed to leave the lighting booth except in duly justified cases and does not allow unauthorised persons access to work equipment;
  16. participates in drawing up the annual activity report on the work of the department to which he/she belongs;
  17. is responsible for keeping and archiving all documents drawn up within the department, in compliance with the legal provisions in force;
  18. performs any other specific duties assigned to it by law or conferred on it by the manager of the institution which, by their nature, are within the competence or fall within the scope and remit of the service, in accordance with the legal provisions in force.

Requirements:

  • Good level of knowledge of English
  • Willingness to work unevenly distributed hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to adapt to different types of people
  • Thoroughness in carrying out work duties
  • Ability to analyse and summarise, initiative, creativity, flexibility, punctuality
  • Previous experience in stage lighting and/or video production.
  • Sound knowledge of the equipment and technologies used in the field.
  • Excellent communication and team collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Benefits:

  • The opportunity to work in a creative and dynamic team.
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth within the CNDB.
  • Participation in high quality artistic productions.

If you are passionate about contemporary dance and artistic production and have the knowledge and skills to fill this position, we encourage you to apply! Send us your resume by May 20 to with the subject line “Lights Master Employment”.

Moving Balkans Open Call!

From the open call 10 contemporary dance works will be selected to be presented at the first edition of the Moving Balkans Contemporary Dance Showcase, which will take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia) and Zagreb (Croatia) between 10 and 13 May 2025. The festival will showcase productions from the Balkans region and provide opportunities to meet, exchange ideas, interact with audiences and dance professionals, and be part of a new artistic network.

Applications must be submitted via the Google form by 2 June 2024 at 23:59 CET.

For further questions, you are invited to attend a Zoom information session on 8 May 2024 at 16:00 CET (meeting link provided on the information page).

More INFO HERE.

Moving Balkans is a contemporary dance platform that brings together dance organisations from the Balkans. Our aim is to improve and support contemporary dance by raising awareness, producing dance works and organising educational activities for dance professionals in the Balkans.

Partners
Art Link Foundation (BG), SKC Novi Sad (RS), Kino Šiška (SI), Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia (SI), EN-KNAP Productions (SI), Croatian Cultural Center Rijeka (HR), Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (HR), Interart Culture Center (MK), National Center for Dance Bucharest (RO), DAN.C.CE UNITIVA (GR), Albania Dance Meeting (AL)

International performances in April at the The National Center for Dance Bucharest

In the context of celebrating 20 years of existence, The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB) is extending the International Dance Day for the entire month of April. Thus, the spectators will have the opportunity to watch international dance performances presented for the first time in Romania, national choreographic productions, but also to participate in discussions with the artists.
Included in the month’s calendar are three performances from Hungary, the Netherlands and Belgium, selected from the international Twenty23/24 program, organized by the European network Aerowaves:

FATIGUE [Hungary] – April 17, 7:30 p.m
Created and performed by Viktor Szeri

Mood swings, slowed reflexes, dizziness: the various physical and psychological symptoms of burnout infiltrate unnoticed into everyday life. What can an artist do with this enervated state in a world where work makes existence tangible? In this climate, it can seem as if continuous production, the accumulation of projects, is the key to satisfaction, while all this points the way to burnout. In his solo, Viktor Szeri does not hide his apathy, but draws on his personal experiences and builds his choreography on fatigue, on wanting nothing. He explores the creative process, the limits and tolerance of his own body through the filter of burnout, while also experimenting with how the audience can relate to this sedated vision. Fatigue was awarded the Rudolf Lábán Prize 2023 awarded by the independent performing arts scene in Hungary and was selected as part of the Aerowaves ‘Twenty24 Artists’ network. “(…) Thus fatigue simultaneously has a painful truth and meaning, the true power of the piece is that it is able to turn this pain productive. The performance presents the drama of the human being set and forgotten in life clearly and poignantly (…)” – Ákos Török

MOVEMENTS OF SOUL [Netherlands] – April 24, 7:30 p.m
Concept, production, choreography and interpretation: YAV

In “MOVEMENTS OF SOUL,” YAV brings together the dynamic worlds of dance, music, and fashion to create a unique and immersive experience.YAV has deliberately chosen not to describe his piece to question our preconceived notions and conditioning, as we often find ourselves entangled in the confusion of distinguishing the message from the messenger. YAV encourages viewers to explore and interpret the performance in their own way to spark conversations about how we perceive and understand art.“MOVEMENTS OF SOUL” is an opportunity for a layered, individualised experience. It’s a reminder that art doesn’t always need words to convey meaning—sometimes, the most profound conversations arise from the unspoken, the unscripted, and the beautifully ambiguous.

DOUBLE BILL: 3/4 FACE TOUJOURS! [Belgium]
+ REVERSE DISCOURSE [Romania]
April 29, 7:30 p.m

Since on this date the International Dance Day is celebrated, initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, the spectators have the opportunity to see two performances from Romania and Belgium.

Toujours de 3/4 face!
Choreographer, composer and performer: Loraine Dambermont

According to Johnny Cadillac, a former Belgian karateka, « 3/4 face » is the ultimate defensive position: A posture so precise which inevitably betrays a will of perfectionism and a deep desire of control. Loraine Dambermont makes this principle her own and, through a live tutorial, reveals her best self-defence secret skills. Toujours de 3⁄4 face! is a 20 minute hyper energetic solo performed as a survival guide with hints of humour. Dambermont also tackles the complex Belgian identity through movements all directed towards the paroxysm of self-mockery. This performance challenges the physical and mental virtuosity of the performer by pushing the limits of a constrained body between a marathon of hyper fast movements, and the extreme precision of its own musicality.

Reverse Discourse
Concept and choreography: Ioana Marchidan

In “Reverse Discourse” I wanted to provoke emotion without mediating the gaze. To challenge the public to recall their own experiences or those transmitted and retransmitted, perpetually perpetuated by external factors, whether we are talking about people or the media. I used the body as a means of visual connection to an absurd dialogue. A bodily dialogue exposed in lines with distinct temporalities, which almost never intersect. An organic dialogue that exposes the dominator-submissive perspectives in multiple hypostases that outline the past and the present. A somatic dialogue that animates the traumas stored in our collective and individual memory. A visceral dialogue about the assumption of power and its exploitation in predominantly dictatorial, manipulative directions. (Ioana Marchidan) 

“Reverse discourse” is what the title says. An inverted speech. Depersonalized. Offered naked. Fragile. Intimate. A performance about body politics in which Ioana Marchidan short-circuits the collective body memory, identifying and bringing to the surface deeply rooted gestures, in order to unarchive them and decompose them through a body slide towards an abstract choreography. This cataloging and re-editing of the memory of submission, of the suppression and repression of the meanings of gestures, integrates the public as a participant in the dialogue, as a submissive observer.

It’s interesting to follow in this micro performance the body movements before the gestures take shape. The inventory of gestures comes as an oscillation between submission and oppression until the body gives up on the difference between the two and gets caught up in the energy of change between them. The choice to construct discourse in this form, a naked back in a space that oscillates from dark abyss to video projections, implies vulnerability. And vulnerability implies an assumed fragility, which allows focusing on the essence of the message: the destructive force of abuse of power.

In addition to the international productions, the public is expected in April at the CNDB for other events. The month begins with (anti)aging, an archive performance, under permanent construction, created in 2011 and designed to have successive stages, lasting 30 years, until 2041. The show, in the choreography and interpretation of Mădălina Dan and Alexandra Mihaela Dancs, is scheduled for April 2. Choreomaniacs is a performative docu-fiction, chronologically following the events that marked the “dance epidemy” in the summer of 1518, in Strasbourg – a mass dystopian manifestation, which affected several hundred people. This can be seen at the CNDB on April 14.

“Casual Wednesday – ideas asserted performatively” returns to the National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB) in a special edition on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April. Perhaps the best-known project of the CNDB and the one that attracted a large audience during the years when the institution operated in the building of the National Theatre, “Casual Wednesday” is a format initiated and conceived by artists Eduard Gabia and Maria Baroncea, and presented in collaboration with Paul Dunca/Paula Dunker. “Casual Wednesday” involves direct experimentation with ideas using performativity, but without the prior elaboration and repetition of content as in a performance. At “Light Wednesdays”, participants come with their laboratory of intimate concerns and approaches which they expose to an audience curious to participate in the performative experimentation of free statements and questions, in a setting free from the expectations, constraints and stress of presenting a finished performance. Each of these exhibitions is a premiere in itself, in a concentrated active, vulnerable, open present. When the project was launched in 2008, Eduard Gabia declared: “A show that has no past, no future, only a present – a now. By disappearing as it appeared, the show only makes the affirmation of that moment. Affirming something every Wednesday, in time, the affirmations become of a week, of months, of a year – the year of light affirmations.” Casual Wednesdays – ideas asserted performatively is an open platform where anyone can test, on stage, the ideas they have, provided they sign up in advance. Anyone can participate, regardless of age, profession, education and training. The stage thus becomes a democratic space accessible to all, creating the conditions for encounters and dialogues without boundaries, across disciplines, backgrounds, experience.

The events take place at CNDB – Stere Popescu hall (Bulevardul Mărășești 80-82).More information about the April program can be found HERE.


In 2024, the CNDB celebrates its 20th anniversary, being the only national institution whose main mission is the development of choreographic culture in Romania and which operates as a producer and host of performances, while assuming equally important missions such as research, documentation and archiving, as well as the development of programs and projects for artistic education and professional training.

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In memory of our dear colleague, Ionuț Cherana

Today we have some news that is very difficult to put into words. Our colleague Ionuț Cherana has left us far too soon. Ionuț was a light and sound designer at the CNDB and a wonderful colleague, a true professional and a man who will be missed…
Farewell, Ionuț – to another, gentler world, free of suffering. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

On 8 March we wish all women Happy Birthday! full of equality and solidarity

On 8 March we wish all women a Happy New Year full of equality and solidarity and remember all those who have fought for feminist ideals throughout time.

Today, as part of the #booksonthedancefloor series, we present a selection made by our colleague Corina Cimpoieru – 8 exemplary books about women and their artistic practices, from different times and places. The books are part of 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐚 𝐂𝐍𝐃𝐁, whose program and rules you can find HERE.

𝟏. 𝐅𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬. 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐖𝐚𝐫, 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐦., Adrien Sina , les presses du reel, 2011

A re-examination of the role of the female avant-garde in performance and dance: a comprehensive publication with over 2500 colour illustrations, together with documentary material on Valentine de Saint-Point, Marinetti, Futurism, Canudo, the Russian ballet, German and American Expressionism (original photographs, handwritten letters, drawings, woodcuts, manifestos, first editions and ephemera).

𝟐. 𝐑𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞. 𝐅𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠, Sternberg Press, 2021

What happens when feminist and queer ethics of care are put into curatorial practice? What happens when the notion of care based on the politics of relationship, interdependence, reciprocity and responsiveness informs curatorial practice? Presented through critical theoretical essays, practice-based case studies and manifestos, the essays in this book offer perspectives from diverse contexts and geographies.

𝟑. 𝐅𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐀𝐫𝐭. 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐦, Katy Deepwell (ed.), Valiz, 2020

Feminist art activism and feminist art activism, two sides of the same coin, occur when art approaches, develops or transforms into activism and vice versa, when activisms become activisms. In both, art appears in different forms of political intervention, both at the individual, communal or collective level, evidenced in actions, events, identifications and practices. This volume reveals the diversity of these practices and realities.

𝟒. 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 – 𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐕, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2012

In a revolutionary way, starting in 1968, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT paved the way for feminist and socially critical art. This catalogue contains numerous reproductions from the artist’s archive and also documents VALIE EXPORT’s approach and engagement with a theme. Works such as TAPP und TASTKINO and Aktionshose: Genitalpanik are presented not only as stand-alone works, but also in the context of reference material in the archive.

𝟓. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝: 𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐭𝐬 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬, Iman Mersal, Sternberg Press, 2018

Egyptian poet Iman Mersal presents a new narrative of motherhood in this book, moving from interior and exterior spaces, journals, readings, and photographic representations of motherhood to question old and current representations of motherhood and the related space of unconditional love, guilt, personal goals, and traditional expectations.

𝟔. 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭̦𝐢𝐚 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐢. 𝐑𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Konig, 2019

This volume brings together 36 women artists from behind the Iron Curtain who worked between 1961 and 1989, attempting a contextualization of nonconformist female artistic production in the Eastern Bloc. Exploring how these women artists produced work in terms of mythology, protest and self-definition, Medea’s Insurrection rewrites the male-dominated narrative of post-war European art.

𝟕. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, Judith Butler, Verso, 2021

Judith Butler’s book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be linked to a broader political struggle for social equality. Moreover, she argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice emanating from a calm region of the soul or as an individualistic ethical relationship to existing forms of power. But, in fact, nonviolence is an ethical stance that lies in the middle of the political field.

𝟖. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐀 𝐃𝐀𝐔𝐂̌𝐈́𝐊𝐎𝐕𝐀́, Futura Books, 2017

Anna Daučíková’s book is an incomplete attempt to summarize the most important themes in the work of the first Czechoslovak feminist and queer artist. Emigration and residence in 1980s Russia, determination through non-normative sexuality to the position of “other” and desire in relation to the visualization of sensual experience, the connection between past and presence, all intertwine in the theme of the body politic.

FRAME10 – Disobedient bodies and solidarity in the performing arts after the 90s

FRAME10 – Disobedient bodies and solidarity in the performing arts after the 90s
Episode #1 Mihai Mihalcea in dialogue with Manuel Pelmuș

FRAME10 returns to connect us with another effervescent area of Romanian contemporary art: the performing arts. Through 10 monthly meetings with artists and performers we hope to create a bridge between generations, as well as a space for dialogue and reflection on the ” crooked days, light Wednesdays and heavy weeks in the performing arts after the 90s”.

“I wanted to invite to Frame10 a small part of artists from the spheres of contemporary dance, visual arts, theatre and film, who dare, propose transformations, short-circuit inertia and generate knowledge, functioning as sensitive filters of contemporaneity,” says Mihai Mihalcea, choreographer and director of programmes and projects at the CNDB and curator of this edition.

On 8 March, we invite you to the first FRAME10 discussion: Unspoken Things. A discussion with Manuel Pelmuș, about life, art and friendship, about the construction of history through bodies that simultaneously co-create and experience a constellation of memories, affects and knowledge, which become a collective legacy that belongs to us all.

More details HERE.


Registration for the 7th edition of Fresh Start is now open!

Registration for the 7th edition of Fresh Start – creative residencies has started!

Fresh Start registration. 7th edition – creative residencies

9 recent graduates in acting, directing, dramaturgy, scenography, choreography, music, theatre and management are expected this summer in Cluj to discover working with devised theatre techniques, as well as to learn more about team management and production of a show in an independent environment.

More details and registration form on the website.
Apply by 𝟮𝟬 𝗮𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲, 𝗼𝗿𝗮 𝟮𝟯:𝟱𝟵!

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