Radical Bodies in Contemporary Performances

  • Book launch
  • Online event

90 min.


The National Center for Dance Bucharest, together with Vellant Publishing House, launches the book “Radical Bodies in Contemporary Performances” by Mihaela Michailov, a publication that also opens the editorial collection “Performative Studies”.

The book aims to identify and explore important moments in the Western history of contemporary theater and dance, visiting some of the most relevant and controversial performances of the ’70s,’ 80s and ’90s, with a focus on representations of the body, exposed in contexts which radicalizes his presence.

Without claiming to be an exhaustive analysis, Radical Bodies in Contemporary Performances is rather an applied study of points of connection and convergence, of correspondences and ruptures that define approaches that are often difficult to label and, therefore, exciting through the questions it generates.

The book is structured in three chapters that follow the transformations of the representation of bodies in THEATER, PERFORMANCE and DANCE, representations shaped by relevant social and political transformations: from Artaud and Mayerhold, passing through Grotowski to Castellucci, Angélica Liddell, but also the Romanian theater; from Marina Abramović, Orlan or Gina Pane, to Ana Mendieta, but also the Romanian performance before and immediately after 90; from Pina Bauch to Sacha Waltz, Maria La Ribot, or Vera Mantero, Jérôme Bel, Xavier le Roy, but also Romanian contemporary dance.

The event will be streamed live on the CNDB Facebook page (click here).

Editorial project coordinated by: Corina Cimpoieru
Graphic concept, layout and image processing: Corina Duma

Mihaela Michailov, Vava Ștefănescu (the National Center for Dance Bucharest), Alex Radu și Doru Someșan (Vellant Publishing House), Oana Stoica and Gina Șerbănescu – special guests

Vellant Publishing House

Media partners
Revista Scena.ro, Revista Arta, modernism.ro, Fundația Cărturești

Michaela Michailov biography

Mihaela Michailov is a playwright, performing arts critic, cultural educator and lecturer at UNATC “I.L. Caragiale” Bucharest, where she coordinates the Master of Dramatic Writing.
Since 2000, she writes chronicles and analyzes focused on the performing arts in Romania and abroad. She is the co-founder of the Replica Educational Theater Center in Bucharest. She has written over 20 plays focusing on socio-political issues, which are also translated into Bulgarian, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Spanish.

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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