– Sandwich Library
As you know, at Sandwich Library we are not for quiet in the reading room, nor for treating books with solemnity. On the contrary, we want the library to be a space for meeting and a relaxed exchange of ideas, where the titles on the shelves are taken in and used spontaneously, according to the pleasure and inspiration of those who pass through our doors. With Books on the Dancefloor, together with our friends from the National Centre for Dance Bucharest, we are taking another step in this direction, adding a play component to the equation. For one evening, the library’s books will thus leave their nest, to be rearranged, leafed over, handled, recontextualised and, ultimately, (re)put in relation with that corporeal reality from which their traditional allure as intellectual objects tends to distance us. We look forward to seeing you in large numbers, fans of the books and/or the movement alike! Where / when? At Sandwich and Sandwich Library, from 6pm!
More about the performance:
For several hours on Doi Joi, the participatory installation Books on the Dancefloor transforms Sandwich Library into a space of unexpected encounters and potential transitions between books, ideas and performative practices. We invite you to participate in a process of cognitive and sensory deterritorialization of the physical library through a series of games, individual and collective actions, practices of reconfiguring books displaced from vertical shelves into the horizontal, non-hierarchical space of knowledge and interaction.
As part of Books on the Dancefloor at Sandwich Library you have the opportunity to participate in a unique and introspective experience with the Oracle of Performance Research, who offers one-to-one readings based on a set of oracle books inspired by issues of Performance Research. During these (un)incidental encounters, you can discover how the words, gestures and ideas generated by the readings connect to our shared present. Each book brings a new perspective to experiences that are already happening, opening us up to different ways of perceiving reality.
Books on the Dancefloor is a production of the National Centre for Dance Bucharest, developed within the CNDB Media Library in 2022.
By/with: Corina Cimpoieru, Renate Dinu, Paula Dunker
Co-authors: Ilinca Micu
Graphic design: Cristiana Costin
𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐮 is a versatile artist and cultural worker who embraces multiple roles. After studying economics, she studied art and visual culture, deepening the impact of participatory practices on social realities. Since 2016, Renate has been performing on stage, in conventional and unconventional spaces, in galleries and festivals. Her presence conveys a message that highlights the body as the main instrument of perception and production of reality and considers the stage a political space.
𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐂𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐮 has studies in cultural anthropology and currently works as a researcher and coordinator of the Media Library and Archive at the National Centre for Dance Bucharest. In recent years she has dedicated her time to identifying documents about dance, researching in both private and institutional archives, with the aim of recovering the history of Romanian dance and performance through archiving practices that reconfigure their potential for contemporary projects: performative re-enactments, dance and performance exhibitions, publishing projects.
𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐚 𝐃𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐫 promises that her (artistic) work is based on the analysis of systems of representation, production and creation. She works most often with the body. She is the daughter of Romanian contemporary dance, the sister of local political theatre, the mother of the queer clubbing scene in Bucharest and (together with Alex Bălă) the initiator of the techno-faggothique music genre. She confronts existing patterns, helps to build possible new worlds and to heal it.
Organizers: SANDWICH Gallery (contact person Maria Bîrsan)
Partners: /SAC, F-Sides Cineclub, Romanian Mental Health Film Festival, Czech Centre, MNAC, Suprainfinit Gallery, Aqua Carpatica
Address: 137C Calea Plevnei (Atelierele Malmaison, 2nd floor, room 26)
Project co-funded by the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, within the Bucharest at Home 2023 Programme.