At the Institute of Change

  • Dans & performance
  • Part of CNDB on tour in Craiova

90 min.


“At the Institute of Change” by Paul Dunca (inspired by The Institute of Change) – a bio-info show – is based on investigating, documenting and archiving personal stories, from the local reality, especially regarding the transgender Romanian community. The work relies on the problem of assuming one’s body/ sexuality/ gender identity and the conflict between the intimate story of the body and the public perception, presenting a community currently completely invisible in Romania.

“Human bodies – technical-vital systems – are the only platforms that make possible the materialization of the political imagination”
excerpt from the “At the Institute of Change” manifesto

Paul Dunca was born in Bucharest where he lives and works. After graduating from the National University of Theater and Film  « I.L.Caragiale » (choreography section) and UNATC’s Dramatic writing master, he wanted to experience everything. This is the reason why his work is eclectic and includes a diversified expression: from being a waiter to hosting his own TV show on MTV, from community art and go-go to representing Romania as a performer at the Venice Art Biennial, from articles in glossy magazine and roles in local movies to shows at the National Dance Center Bucharest and at Judson Church in New York.

Direction at co-ordination: Paul Dunca
Live music: Chlorys & Monica Ivanov
Associated artist: Mihaela Michailov

Mădălina Brândușe, Carmen Coțofană, Renate Dinu, Paul Dunca, Alice Monica Marinescu, Maria Mora, Ada Mușat & Vava Ștefănescu


National Center for Dance Bucharest în partnership with Colectiv A Association through RAP – residencies, ateliers, public 2015 – training project and residencies for producers of contemporary dance.

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.

“Marin Sorescu” National Theater, Craiova

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