Making of Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky (reactivări)

  • Documentary
  • In the frame of Dance me to the End of… – exercises, distances, proximities

30 min.


In November, CNDB is presenting online 9 video productions that accompany each of the performances that resulted from Dance me to the End of… (exercises, distances, proximities) – a program whereby ten guest choreographers worked along with the first generation of students from The CNDB Academy of Dance and Performance.

Jan Burkhardt (DE) and Sigal Zouk (ISR), Mădălina Dan, Simona Deaconescu, Farid Fairuz, Eduard Gabia, Andreea Novac, Manuel Pelmuș, Willy Prager (BG) and Vava Ștefănescu – were invited by CNDB to revisit well-known works of theirs which, in their time, wrote history in Romanian contemporary dance.

The choreographers worked together with the students from The CNDB Academy of Dance and Performance to bring back to stage the older works, but also to propose new ones. After a year of courses and workshops, the formed teams went through an intensive process of practice and live presentation.

The whole process was documented by Bogdana Pascal, video artist and TVR producer. Throughout November, CNDB will broadcast these video productions via live streaming on Facebook.

The nine video productions capture Dance me to the End of… (exercises, distances, proximities) in its essence: the revisitation of recent Romanian contemporary dance history as an exercise in training the new generation of dancers and performers.

Through interviews with artists, rehearsals recordings and excerpts from the original nine shows, the documentaries presented by CNDB invite you to discover the collective and personal efforts behind Dance me to the End of… (exercises, distances, closeness) – the program through which a new generation of artists is making their debut right in the middle of a pandemic.


“We don’t remember, but we rewrite our memories”, says Farid Fairuz, returning with detachment to his own creation “Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky“, signed in 2003 with his real name, Mihai Mihalcea.

Created in a context in which in Romanian art the appearance of several creations with aesthetics very different from what could usually be seen on Romanian stages began to be felt, the work “Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky” is seen on the international scene as a stage installation, “an experimental creation that evades the dance codes which it refuses to exhibit.”

The current creation – “Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky (reactivations)” – has as its starting point the work from 2003. The focus of the new work is not necessarily the original work, but especially on the context that favored its appearance. It is an exercise of transmitting to another generation of artists fragments of stories that remained present only in the memory of the direct participants in the events of that time. In the current stage device, texts, sounds, images and actions, memories, personal and collective histories mix on the unstable surface of the present, as they are rewritten and reactivated performatively by the students of the CNDB Academy of Dance and Performance, the protagonists of the current version of the work.

Live-stream subscription link
The facebook event where you can watch this video production is available here.

Artistic direction: Farid Fairuz
Assistants: Iulia Chindea, Mircea Ghinea
Light design: Alexandros Raptis
Video Production: Bogdana Pascal
Graphic design: Daniel & Andrew

Smaranda Găbudeanu, Alina Lupeș, Amelia Motea, Claudiu Silvianu, Filip Stoica

Performance created within the project Archives in motion (Arhive în mișcare).

Co-produced by
Solitude Project Cultural Association, The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB)

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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