Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky (reactivations)
- Dance & performance
- Invitation-based access
- Part of Dance me to the End of… – exercises, distances, proximities
“We don’t remember, we re-rewrite memories”, said Farid Fairuz, referring with detachment to his own creation “Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky”, signed in 2003 in his actual name, Mihai Mihalcea.
Created in a context in which in Romanian arts there are appearing more and more works with different aesthetics compared to what one could generally see on the stage, “Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky” is internationally seen as a scenic installation, “an experimental creation that removes itself from dance codes which it refuses to exhibit”.
Introduced as work-in-progress at the Centre National de la Danse – Pantin, the work was premiered at the Hebbel am Uffer theater, within Internationales TanzFest Berlin, in 2003, starring Maria Baroncea, Eduard Gabia and Mircea Ghinea, alongside scenographer Andu Dumitrescu. Following the berlin premiere, Martin Hargreaves, editor at Dance Theatre Journal, wrote in the 19th issue of the London-based magazine about the festival and considered “Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky” as” an intelligent and well-thought performance, whose minimalistic approach highlighted the complexity of the choreographic and political questions it raised”.
The current creations – ”Stars High in Amnesia’s Sky (reactivations)” – uses the work from 2003 as a starting point and is included within the “Archives in Motion” project, organized by the Solitude Project Association, in partnership with The National Dance Center Bucharest and co-funded by the National Administration of Cultural Fund.
The centerpiece of the new work does not necessarily reside in the original one, but rather in the context that led to its creation. It is an exercise of communicating towards a new generation of artists of historical fragments which reside only in the memory of those who took part in those events. In the current setup, mixed on the present’s unstable canvas, there are texts, sounds, images and actions, memories, personal and collective histories, that are rewritten and reactivated via the performance of CNDB Academy of Dance and Performance students, the characters of the work’s current version.
Artistic direction: Farid Fairuz
Assistant: Iulia Chindea, Mircea Ghinea
Light design: Alexandros Raptis
Smaranda Găbudeanu, Alina Lupeș, Amelia Motea, Claudiu Silvianu, Filip Stoica
Piece produced within the frame of Arhive în mișcare (Archives in movement) project.
Solitude Project Cultural Association, National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB)
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.