(In)visible bodies and stories – guided performative tours

  • Intersections
  • Free entry

8-31 October 2021


What is the history of dance in Bucharest? Who, when and where did they dance? Until recently, the history of Romanian dance seemed to be more about the sum of absences and invisible gestures, rather than a series of material evidence. However, since its establishment, the National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB) has carried out projects to recover Romanian history and to reactivate the collective memory. Some of the remaining traces were recovered from personal archives and carefully inventoried in the CNDB Archive. During October, we invite you to find out these stories from 10 artists/performers in the field of contemporary dance who will tell you the history of dance in the Capital, in guided performative tours around the city.

What are we proposing?

“(In)visible bodies and stories” is, in a way, a continuation of the project “Dancing walks”, in which we’ve invited you to go for a walk with dancers, to guide you through several transformative exercises of the relationship with your own body, with space, with the environment. The current project adds a new dimension: starting from the experience of one’s body and the relationship with the city, the artists will guide you to the spaces where, over time, dance has made its presence felt in the life of the Capital. The memory of the creators, the energies and stories that contributed to the construction of today’s choreographic culture, will be reactivated by texts, images, enactments and story-telling. The living body thus becomes a mobile archive that connects spaces/places, histories/events and people from Bucharest, who marked the history of Romanian dance. Each tour lasts between 2 and 3 hours and involves visiting three such places.

We do not propose a historical approach to formal memory retrieval, but we act performatively, inviting you into a process that involves you physically and emotionally. CNDB offers participants a process of questioning their relationship with the city and a series of exercises to activate their body memory. The dancer’s body, seen as a mobile archive, transmits rewritten fragments of history to the participants and inscribes them in their bodies, renewing the ways of preserving, presenting/representing and circulating knowledge.

Which artists will guide you performatively around the city?

The artists invited by CNDB to support these performative guided tours are: Denis Bolborea, Catrinel Catană, Simona Dabija, Simona Deaconescu, Paul Dunca/Paula Dunker, Virginia Negru, Andreea Novac, Maria Mora, Valentina De Piante, Arcadie Rusu.

How do you sign-up?

For each artist, you have 5 options of dates in which you can participate in the performative tours guided by him/her. Participation is free upon registration; click here for the link. Please select only the tour you are sure you can participate in.

The legal provisions regarding the safety of spectators, together with all the protection measures and regulations imposed against the spread of CO-VID19 will be respected throughout the entire events.

The project was co-financed by the Capital City Hall through ARCUB within the “București – oraș deschis” program. For detailed information about the financing program of the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, you can access www.arcub.ro.


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