Poetic and choreographic consultations

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20 min.



Years ago, director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and writer Fabrice Melquiot imagined a series of “poetic consultations” they offered on the streets of Reims and Paris. The principle was very simple: an artist talks to an unknown passer-by for 20 minutes. The exchange is free and continues by reciting one or more poems inspired by the conversation. The actor concludes the dialogue by proposing a poetic “prescription”.

Initiated by the Théâtre de la Ville – Paris at the beginning of the pandemic, poetic consultations have been reinvented to adapt to the current situation in which we all live. To date, more than 90 French and foreign actors have come together in an “imaginary band” to offer telephone consultations and more than 35 international partners offer consultations in Greek, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Hungarian, Wolof, drunk, Lingala, Sango, Pidgin, Congo, Italian, Albanian, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin… and Romanian. An initiative of European solidarity, the project initially launched by telephone connects people, regardless of country of origin, emphasizing the importance of creativity as a generator of a healing dialogue and also questioning the role and space of art in European society.

In 2020, the poetic consultations in Romanian were launched in partnership with Insula 42 and PEN Romania, an initiative of European cultural debates initiated and curated by Corina Șuteu in Bucharest.

In 2021, the National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB) joins the project, and the poetic consultations are metamorphosed into choreographic / dance consultations. CNDB thus invited four artists: Valentina De Piante, Mădălina Dan, Corina Dumitrescu and Florin Fieroiu, who will offer participants artistic prescriptions in the coming months.

The choreographic / dance consultation sessions at CNDB take place in an intimate format and involve a 1 to 1 physical meeting between the artist and the participant. The consultation begins with a first question: “How are you?”, then a discussion follows, and finally the consultation ends with the offer of a poetic remedy. If a poem is recited in the initial version of the project, at CNDB the choreographer artists propose to the participants a choreographic / dance remedy.

On the 19th of March 2021, Valentina De Piante is the first of the four artists invited to offer choreographic / dance consultations.

BIOGRAPHY: Valentina De Piante is a university lecturer, doctor of performing arts, project coordinator, choreographer and performer, practitioner of the Feldenkrais® method. Her choreographies have been presented at the Explore Festival, ImPulsTanz-Vienna, the National Center for Dance Bucharest, Trois C-L Luxembourg, in various National Museums, in unconventional urban spaces and in nature. She has given lectures enriched by intense physical activity at Wasp Studios, at the Teching the Teachers-Bucharest-Budapest symposium and at the Kinetic Center. In December 2020, she received the CNBD Award for his work as an independent artist.

In 2016, she was selected as one of the [8: tension] choreographers at the Vienna International Festival. As an artist, she studies a circumferential approach to awareness in various formats, sharing performative practices with other artists and scientists. As a teacher, she is interested in implementing interdisciplinary art projects in schools, which integrate the body into education: the H.e.art-Humans embodying Art project, Leonardo.500, or Family Arts Project.

She is a founding member of the Viu Grai association and collaborates with Indie Box, the National Center for Dance Bucharest, Areal, Arhipera, Montage, Graphis 122, Re-Creăm and with the Dante Alighieri-Bucharest association.

A free proposal, open to all

This is an event without public and has a limited number of 4 consultations available (from 18:00, 18:40, 19:20 and 20:00). Their distribution is free and is done through the contests on the facebook and instagram pages of CNDB.

Project initiated by Théâtre de la Ville – Paris. More information about the poetic consultations, here.

Guest artist: Valentina De Piante

Coordinating partner
Insula 42

PEN Romania


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