”The heat was hot and the ground was dry” – tranzit.ro

  • Intersections
  • Free entry
  • Part of the project Courtyard Dances

4 hr




CNDB „Stere Popescu” hall (Mărășești, 80-82)


Event proposed by tranzit.ro, within the project “Courtyard Dances”, organized by the National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB).

Climate predictions say that in the next 30 years southern Romania will become an arid steppe. There is an optimistic version, in which the authorities will invest heavily in re-creating forest curtains to stop this phenomenon. But in the summer days when the desert wind blows over Bucharest, this scenario seems to be a utopia. Another option is that we will try to adapt to the new conditions, along with the few species that will survive next to us.

Artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan conducted a research study in the Sahara of Romania (southern Oltenia), where they collected pollen grains, which represent a climate indicator, an organic archive that preserves traces of vegetation from a certain area over time. For how long will there be vegetation on the sands of Oltenia and how will it adapt?

The two artists will make a presentation about their research and will have a dialogue with Professor Florin Stănică, Phd, vice-rector for the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest, who, in addition to skills in modern technologies for growing fruit trees and shrubs, specializes in introducing and testing in Romania a large number of new fruit species: kiwi, northern banana, Chinese date, persimmon, fig, goji, etc.

The meeting organized at CNDB proposes a reflection on a desert future that is already here. Together with the guests we will discuss the possibilities, adaptability (of plant species but also of human bodies) and interdisciplinary research in the context of climate change, whose effects increase dramatically from one year to another.

This event is part of the tranzit.ro program organized within the Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life.

The title of the event is borrowed from the song “A Horse with No Name” (1971), by the band America.

The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB) offers you a meeting space where differences such as age, social status, training, knowledge and experience are being suspended, and dance becomes the binder that aims at bringing very different types of people together. “Courtyard Dances” is a project in which the yard of CNDB’s location on Mărășești Blvd. is rearranged to host over 40 artists who will propose events that range from ​​contemporary dance and performance to live music, visual arts and poetry.

IMPORTANT: Access to the event is free and is based on the latest regulations on safety measures against SARS-CoV-2. Participants must present their identity card and the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate (Green Pass), which must contain: either proof of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus for which 10 days have passed since the completion of the vaccination scheme with an authorised vaccine in Romania; or proof that it is in the period between the 15th and 180th day following confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection; or proof of the negative result of an RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours.

Guests: artists Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan and Professor Florin Stănică, Phd

Co-financed by
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.

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