Bodies on the line

  • Dance & performance

60 min.




CNDB – Stere Popescu hall (Bd. Mărășești 80)


What are the places that independent artists and performers occupy? Do they have a group consciousness? Do they belong to a community? Is there a common set of expectations, desires, needs of the 20+ generation? How does an artist live for whom the word stability becomes a utopia? A restless slalom after visibility and peace? Can one make a decent living from independent projects? What does decent mean?

BODIES ON THE LINE explores fragile territories between confessions and statements, placing bodies in spaces of both safety and uncertainty, from which they can articulate their anxieties, hopes and the need to belong to a collectivity that makes the daily struggle for survival a little more bearable.

BODIES ON THE LINE compresses the time of personal stories and dilates the pressure of the times in which we live, dominated by the alienating flight after overlapping projects, exhaustion, burn-out and the feeling that if you are not seen, you do not exist?

Concept, choreography: Ioana Marchidan
Performers: Anca Stoica, Sergiu Dita, Varga Hunor-Jozsef, Eva Danciu
Text: Mihaela Michailov, Anca Stoica, Sergiu Dita, Varga Hunor-Jozsef, Eva Danciu, Alexandra Zavelea
Text and dramaturgy in collaboration with: Mihaela Michailov
Original music: Alexandru Suciu
Light design: Alexandros Raptis


Ioana Marchidan is a performer, choreographer and has been working with local and international choreographers and theater directors for more than 15 years. She attended the “Floria Capsali” Choreography High School, and began her career as a professional dancer at the Romanian National Opera. Later, he became one of the members of the Gigi Căciuleanu Romanian Dance Company. She has danced in shows created by Ioana Macarie, Chris Simion, Radu Afrim, Dragos Galgoțiu and has participated in international festivals such as  Aerowaves – The Place (UK), Keochang International Festival of Theater (KR), Cairo Experimental Theater Festival (EG), Aichi Worldwide Exhibition (JP), Francophone Festival (AU, JO, IT, PT), Festival d’Avignon (FR). In 2013 she was one of the performers of the Venice Biennale, An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale (Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmuș). Later, Ioana started to create her own choreographies: 2 contemporary womenReverse Discourse (project that is part of the E-MOTIONAL Residency at Forum Dança Lisbon) and Stabat Mater (Award for Best Performance at the Undercloud International Festival, Ro) . Since 2016, she is the president of the Dance Spot Association and artistic director at Linotip – Independent Choreographic Center. She collaborates with subsTANZ / Massimo Gerardi and Tangaj Collective.

Produced by
The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB).

Craiova National Theatre, MStudio Sfântu-Gheorghe, Linotip – Independent Choreographic Centre

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 content of the project or the way the results of the programme may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grantee.

SEEDS – Creative Europe
The SEEDS project is co-financed by the European Union through the Creative Europe program. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.






Bodies on the line

Concept and choreography: Ioana Marchidan

Bodies on the line
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