Arts and crafts

  • Intersections
  • Free entry
  • Part of the project Courtyard Dances

150 min.


The courtyard dances proposed by Mădălina Dan take place in the form of professional and lively meetings and intersections, changes of perspectives, new partnerships and dynamics, with the intention of creating a communication network that converges towards the idea of ​​community, dialogue and choreographic meetings.

Mădălina Dan met Andreea David and Eliza Trefaș in the improvisation laboratory “Perspectives in motion” – improvisation laboratory proposed by Virginia Negru, project that was also present during de Courtyard Dances series, on August 14th. Their meeting generated a creative process and the trio, “Sisters are doing it for themselves”, which will be presented on Saturday, October 2, at CNDB.

Driven by the desire to get to know her two partner artists better and to offer them a presentation platform which focused on their own creations, Mădălina Dan invited Eliza Trefaș to present a duet in collaboration with choreographer Eve Cousins ​​- “You could be more as you are”, and Andreea David to participate in “What (still) moves us”- the series of choreographic meetings, initiated by Mădălina Dan and presented at CNDB, during 2021.


18:30 – Sisters are doing it for themselves – work-in-progress presentation
With/by: Madalina Dan, Andreea David, Eliza Trefaș

“Socially, (they are) participants in convivial conversations about life, art, feminine perspectives.
Intimate, (are) body and sensitivity.
Formally, artists, dancers, women, speculators.
The conviviality between artists and between plans changes the body into affect,
affect into thought,
the thought into talk,
talking into craft,
craft into art,
art into sensitivity,
sensitivity into monument.
An artistic sensibility holds them together.

Life and Art help each other, forming one thing together. Life-and-Art reflecting on itself, evolving over time through its own consciousness.
Through an artistic exposure (performed) of personal experiences, a poetic consequence appears. Is it possible for an abstract ‘social dance’ to contain some kind of poetry within the body?

The social framework is born as an extension of a shared sensitivity, as an embedded extension of an intimacy. Intimacy can trigger questions, dilemmas, hypotheses and reflections, the body can design answers.

‘Are you at home in the body?’ Living life through art or living art through life?”

(Mădălina Dan & Eliza Trefaș)

 19:20 – You could be more as you are – work-in-progress
Cu/de: Eliza Trefas și Eve Cousins

“You could be more as you are” is a music set – performance – party accompanied by images and states mediated by the performers. An ambiguous show where various attitudes, positions and ways of dancing can be incorporated. The public is free to meet, converse, walk, dance or freely choose the way and degree of participation.

“You could be more as you are” distances intentions from inner impulses in the body, focusing on the pleasure of being able to change our body patterns with someone else or something, to transform or be transformed, to empathise through the abstract, grooving to music with a dull intention and enjoying music according to a false body.

20:00 – What (still) moves us, with Andreea David

An opportunity for meeting and dialogue between members of the dance community, this is also an opportunity for the public to get to know the artists better and to discover more about the field of contemporary dance. The meetings focus on dance, movement, performativity and bring to the forefront different ways of approaching choreography and the performing arts, without being limited to these means of expression.

In the discussions moderated by Mădălina Dan, her guests share the ideas and tools they work with, they make the work processes and methodologies transparent, make the sources of inspiration known and dance together. The meetings are also an opportunity for the public to discover new or old works of the guests, as the project is supported by materials from the CNDB Archive. The setting is public, but not formal, with an emphasis on the idea of ​​a laboratory meeting.

The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB) offers you a meeting space where differences such as age, social status, training, knowledge and experience are being suspended, and dance becomes the binder that aims at bringing very different types of people together. “Courtyard Dances” is a project in which the yard of CNDB’s location on Mărășești Blvd. is rearranged to host over 40 artists who will propose events that range from ​​contemporary dance and performance to live music, visual arts and poetry.

IMPORTANT: Access to the event is free and is based on the latest regulations on safety measures against SARS-CoV-2. Participants must present their identity card and the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate (Green Pass), which must contain: either proof of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus for which 10 days have passed since the completion of the vaccination scheme with an authorised vaccine in Romania; or proof that it is in the period between the 15th and 180th day following confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection; or proof of the negative result of an RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours.

With:: Mădălina Dan, Andreea David, Eliza Trefaș, Eve Cousins,

Co-financed by
Administration of the National Cultural Fund
The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

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