• Dance & performance
  • CNDB online

45 mins.

©Alina Ușurelu


COUNTERBODY is a dance, installation and music show, in which all the elements can be regarded as particles in a continuous movement, interchangeable and parallel. 

A possible perception of unstable matter. The interior is the exterior. Coherence might not require consistency. The body-space relationship becomes fluid. There are no territories, and movement extends space. Any contradiction can contain and generate truth. A particle is, at the same time, here, everywhere and nowhere. In fact, there is no body nor space. They are just a form of perception.

According to the curator Olivia Nitis, the show starts from attempts at deconstruction, destructuring, decorporealization through process of relativisation assumed in dance, but also through a concept that include multiple layers for decoding. The installation, the text and the original music decompose and recompose the movement spaces, highlighting the constant transfer relationship between body and space.

Based on formulas from philosophy and physics, from quantum theories to post-structuralism (Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva, Adriana Cavarero) and the paraconsistent logic from the dialetheist philosophy (Graham Priest), but also the theories of Michel Foucault and Henri Lefebvre about social space production, contradictory space, the other space (heterotopia), counter-space, the text place the body in a fluid reality. Physical and mental body, parallel, dual, contradictory.

The choreographic direction is a process of analysis and work with the bodies of the 8 dancers which make up a body that is both fluid and fragmented at the same time. The stake of the show is to understand and spot the demonstrative paths towards an existing relationship, valid scientifically and filozofically, but stuck at perception level.

“COUNTERBODY teleports me at every rehearsal into a parallel reality and offers me the opportunity to find new layers of understanding, anchored at the border between rational and irrational. Alongside the performers I looked for a new body that functions on the principle of contradiction, a tensed combination of frailty and super power, alienate and connected with the outside, disorganized and fluid, capable of absorbing and transforming the information flow in hallucinating ways”, says Simona Deaconescu.“We wanted an evolved body, which we cannot fully control, a body that surprises and changes us. The 8 dancers made a major contribution to the way this body functions, each of them coming with an immense amount of information, willing to dig deep in hidden fantasies and trying to develop a new world with each stimulus coming from the outside. The greatest challenge was the attempt to stabilize this fluctuating process and, in the end, to transform an intuitive phenomenon into a method”, adds the choreographer.

Choreography: Simona Deaconescu
Dramaturgy and curatorial support: Olivia Nițiș
Visual composition: Ciprian Ciuclea
Original music: Cătălin Crețu
Light design: Alexandros Raptis, Ionuț Cherana
Sound design: Marian Cîtu

Alexandra Bălășoiu, Andreea Belu, Corina Tătărău, Denis Bolborea, George Alexandru Pleșca, Georgeta Corca, Marian “Franke” Octavian, Simona Dabija

Tangaj Dance Association, National Center for Dance Bucharest

Premiere date
May 20, 2017

Co-financed by
Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN)
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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