Dance me to the End of… (exercises, distances, approaches)

Performances created by Mădălina Dan, Simona Deaconescu, Farid Fairuz, Eduard Gabia, Andreea Novac, Manuel Pelmuș, Iva Svescharova and Vava Ștefănescu within the CNDB Dance and Performance Academy.

For 2020, we propose a program of performances in which revisiting the recent history of Romanian contemporary dance becomes an exercise and practice in training a new generation of dancers and performers.

In a context in which everything was and still is fragile, subjected to the pressure given by the meeting between the failure of the past, the instability of the present and the shock of the future, the role of an institution like CNDB is all the more to create and set benchmarks, to document and to archive, and to discuss all these.

Thus, through Dance me to the End of… CNDB assumes the mission to bring back into discussion and to get the public once again close to some of the works from the recent history of Romanian contemporary dance that proposed consistent approaches, perspectives and discourses, new choreographic practices and innovative forms.

EXERCISES. Academy for Dance and Performance

“CNDB aims to create direct links between artists from different generations, that transfer to each other not only specific tools and work practices, but also important information about the history of the space and context of which we are part. We want this process to become transparent and involve the public, not to remain an inner and self-referential one. I think this project can generate new narratives that bring us together. “

– Mihai Mihalcea, Programs and Projects Director at CNDB

After a program of courses and workshops given by the following choreographers and pedagogues Jan Burkhardt, Carmen Coțofană, Mădălina Dan, Mihaela Dancs, Simona Deaconescu, Valentina De Piante, Andreea Duță, Farid Fairuz, Anna Grip, Cosmin Manolescu, Gisela Müller, Virginia Negru, Andreea Novac, Alexandra Pirici, Vava Ștefănescu, Sigal Zouk and Noa Zuk, and a series of meetings with Mădălina Dan, Edi Gabia, Raluca Ianegic, Iosif Kiraly, Dan Perjovschi, Willy Prager and Raluca Voinea, the students of the 2019-2020 edition of the Academy for Dance and Performance CNDB have entered an intensive process of practice and show presentation.

Dance me to the End of… comes as a continuation of this training program and involves the students of the academy in a program of performances that will function as a framework to transmit choreographic practices between different generations of choreographers, dancers and performers. In this context, CNDB invited established artists to revisit their own works, which they will put into practice with the students of the academy.

DISTANCES. What performances have been talked about and written about in the recent history of Romanian contemporary dance? Beyond the ephemerality of the few presentations on local and international stages, what did they propose at a discursive and aesthetic level and what relevance did they have for the Romanian choreographic context?

These are some of the questions from which CNDB started the process of revisiting the works created by Mădălina Dan, Eduard Gabia, Andreea Novac, Manuel Pelmuș, Farid Fairuz and Vava Ștefănescu, in which the authors work with the students of the CNDB Dance and Performance Academy.

APPROACHES. A process without exhaustive, historicizing approaches and without the desire to faithfully recover the original works

If reconstituting does not mean restoring, but challenging and questioning the past, history turns into a possible and perpetual becoming, an opening for innovation and renewal. History is a field of possibilities, in which not only the future, but even the past is constantly rewritten and enriched with new perspectives.

Moreover, in order to multiply the perspectives and familiarize the students with other choreographic practices, CNDB invited Simona Deaconescu and Iva Svescharova to create two new works.

A process documented by Vlad Bâscă and Bogdana Pascal

In Dance me to the End of… the work process and the exchange between the different generations become as important as the performances themselves. In this context, we invited the documentary photographer Vlad Bâscă and the TV producer Bogdana Pascal to document the whole process.

Until the performances that will be put on stage this coming autumn, we invite you to follow the dynamics of this process on the new as well as on our Facebook and Instagram.

Cultural Management Academy 2020: open call

The National Center for Dance Bucharest is pleased to announce that Colectiv A Cluj, Goethe-Institut Bucharest and EUNIC Romania have announced an open call for participation in the Cultural Management Academy 2020: Laboratory of the absent body | Reset scenarios for performing arts.

This year’s edition of the Cultural Management Academy is dedicated to the performing arts sector. It explores scenarios that may revive the meaning of performing arts and anticipates the need to reshape and rethink our way of existing and the relation to our audiences. 

In Covid-19 times, this artistic sector has been facing many difficulties and has found itself faced with the urgency of re-inventing its core structure in order to overcome the situation. This is why we have chosen this focus and decided to gather our energy, strength and know-how to support the performing arts sector.

After three regional editions, Cultural Management Academy continues in 2020 with a local digital laboratory, which will take place online and will be open to participants from Romania and the Republic of Moldova.The Academy offers participants the opportunity to be part of an intensive one-week digital seminar, taking place between 27th July and 1st August. To support the capacity building process, the CMA provides some micro-subsidies through the CMA Fund to support new solutions to adapt the sector.

For more information about the programme and registrations, click here.

Parteners: EUNIC Romania : Institutul Polonez / Instytut Polski w Bukareszcie, British Council Romania, Institutul Cultural Român / Romanian Cultural Institute, Institutul Camões București – Instituto Camões Bucareste, forumul cultural austriac, Institutul Francez, Embassy of the Netherlands in Romania
Collaborators: Facultatea de Stiinte Politice a Universitatii din Bucuresti (FSPUB), IDC – Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies, Centrul Naţional al Dansului Bucureşti
and Heritage Contact Zone – HCZ.

Project co-financed by Creative Europe Programme and AFCN.