Val and the Citadel of Souls

  • Dance & performance
  • +3
  • CNDB online

60 min.





“Val and the Citadel of Souls” is the first contemporary dance performane with/for children of all ages, produced by the National Dance Center of Bucharest, and it is inspired by the book with the same title, written by Ana Alfianu and published in 2017 by Humanitas Publishing House. The performance tells the story of an initiation journey of children of all ages, who go in search of the City of Souls.

The book is performed through two environments, the spectators being greeted by a contemporary art installation, like a map of the journey, which they have to cross before entering the performance hall.

This montage has been created from the performances that took place in December 2019 and January 2020. The film focused on bringing the online audience exactly what we are missing the most right now – closeness, and tried to maintain the spirit and excitement of the performance to invite the public to see it live as soon as possible.

The show has an exceptional cast: seven students from the Performative School for Children from CNDB, along with professional dancers. Choreographer Vava Ștefănescu (concept and choreography) collaborated with Vlaicu Golcea (original music), Cristina Milea (costumes, scenography, installation), Mihai Păcurar (video), Ana Alfianu (drawings) and Catrinel Catană (choreography assistant).

Along with Val – in this edition Maia Axinte (10 years old) – we invite you to go on a journey in which you will meet the Protecting Dwarves, the Malila turtle or the Ooo dragon!

After the homonymous volume by: Ana Alfianu
Concept and Choreography: Vava Ștefănescu
Choreographic assistance: Catrinel Catană
Scenography and installation: Cristina Milea
Scenography assistance: Miruna Croitoru, Smaranda Găbudeanu
Music: Vlaicu Golcea
Video: Mihai Păcurar
Drawings: Ana Alfianu
Light design: Alexandros Raptis

Eva Danciu, Maria-Luiza Dimulescu, Smaranda Găbudeanu, Fabio Maria Gerhold, Robert Popa, Cosmin Vasile and the children Maia Axinte, Giulia Grigore, Chira Munteanu, Maria Rogojan, Eva Sur, Petra Atudorei Ștefănescu, Adora Tănase

Produced by
The National Center for Dance Bucharest

Co-financed by
The Administration of the National Cultural Fund
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the project’s content or for the way in which the results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the financing’s beneficiary.

Editura Humanitas, Teatrul Excelsior București

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