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In “Daughters”, three young women form a common body with their mothers and grandmothers. A work choreographed by Simona Deaconescu, this is a performance about transformation, told with black humor, at impossible speeds. Three girls on roller skates alter a predetermined chronology, in which their desires are mediated by stories and body images of the two generations that precede them.
The show puts the female body in an extended context, sometimes real, sometimes fictional, in which the birth of each marks an important moment in space and time. They are the daughters of a confused generation, a resilient community, in which reality is never what it seems.
In Daughters there is no present tense, but a perpetual feeling of temporal uncertainty, in an atmosphere of tension and accumulation. The music is signed by Monocube (DE/UA), whose sound universe is a reflection on the contemporary world through analog instruments.
The visual composition, in the form of a tube TV installation, is signed by the artist M. Kardinal (DE) and made by methods that deconstruct the forms, the images becoming distorted and blurred in their play with the subject and the object.
“In Daughters I am interested in exploring that feeling of intimate closeness, in a set-up that can dislocate and amplify the movement. Far from being a pretentious and super-intellectual work, the show has ironic accents and develops in a concert atmosphere on Monocube’s music. Daughters begins in the slowness of my last works and ends at an impossible speed. Roller skates create a parallel speed that introduces the viewer to a dark surreal universe. For me, the three dancers are three cyborgs who explore sexuality, power and freedom, making unexpected leaps in time.” – Simona Deaconescu, choreographer
Concept and choreography: Simona Deaconescu
Visual composition: M. Kardinal
Light design: Alexandros Raptis, Ionuț Cherana
Production: Laura Trocan
Simona Deaconescu works interdisciplinary, at the border between performance, installation and film, examining social constructs, between fiction and reality, sometimes with irony and black humor.
She completed her bachelor’s and master’s studies at the choreography department of the National University of Theater and Film in Bucharest.
She received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna (2014), the National Center for Dance Bucharest Award (2016), was nominated as an Aerowaves Artist in 2018 and 2022 and as Springboard Danse Montréal Emerging Choreographer in 2019.
For the last two years, she has been a resident artist in the European projects Moving Digits and Biofrictioni, and in 2021 she became Forecast Mentee, under the mentorship of the French choreographer Mathilde Monnier.
Her works have been selected and presented on dance and theater stages, cinemas, galleries, museums and architectural sites, reaching audiences in Europe, North and South America.
In 2014, she founded Tangaj Collective, and since 2015 she has been the co-founder and artistic director of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.
Interpretation and text
Georgeta Corca, Simona Dabija, Teodora Velescu
The work is part of the “Sons and Daughters” project, co-financed by The 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.
The performance may contain light effects (stroboscope) that’s harmful for children or people with epilepsy.
The performance contains text in English.