No Virtuosity Here

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Trainees in the Academy of Dance and Performance, Dancers Program – the training you’ve been pursuing these past months – have a couple of months until graduation.

But in the meantime, the Academy takes to the stage with No Virtuosity Here, a performance composed of solos coordinated by director Ioana Păun.

No Virtuosity Here

Action. Instinct. Words. Personal images.
We’ve brought them together in a series of 6 workshops where artists explore how to play with violence, mistakes, resistance, pathos and themselves.
What came out of this we want to share with other artists and audiences.
Tupac’s goodbye letter to Madonna, a list of male presidents, menstrual cups, hyperventilation, clenched jaws, a Bulgarian ballad, exhaustion of wailing, “You don’t want to stop this war between us”, excitement. Here’s who we are now, and here’s what we’re going to play.
The arsenal of art we hold within us can be unleashed, and that’s what we want to discuss with our colleagues after the performance.

– Ioana Păun

With: Anca Stoica, Sergiu Diță, George Pleșca, Cabiria Morgenstern, Nelly Georgieva, Alexandra Vieru, Mariana Gavriciuc,

At the link available HERE.


Ioana Păun
A theatre director and performance artist working and researching internationally, Ioana Păun graduated from Goldsmiths University of London and UNATC Bucharest. Her work explores how people behave in fierce political, economic and health circumstances. Particularly drawn to stories about aberrant situations, destabilization, paradox, moral dilemmas, her creations always contain narratives in one way or another.
Her performances and ideas have received support from contemporary performing arts institutions such as le phénix | scène nationale Valenciennes, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Europalia, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Kunstraum Lakeside, CEC ArtsLink, Teatro Luna Chicago, Teatrul Nacional Iași, Teatrul Ashtar in Palestine, Teatrul Mic, Schauspielhaus Wien, Teatrul Schaubühne, Museum for 21st Century Arts MAXXI Rome, British Council, Onassio Centre in Athens, MNAC Bucharest.
Ioana’s efforts to support others culminated in 2017, when she founded the Performance Program at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, producing the work of over 30 emerging performance artists, mostly from Romania, but also from Sweden, Bulgaria, Morocco and Poland. Since 2021 she has been collaborating with Stanford University and Bard College in the US on extensive research on the social media presence of marginal artists.

Academy of Dance and Performance
Selected following an open call completed with online and in-person casting calls, the 12 young artists in the Academy entered a dance and performance training incubator beginning in October 2022. Over the past 6 months, trainees have had workshops with internationally renowned choreographers and pedagogues – Paris Opera, Lyon Opera, Comédie Française, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Batsheva Dance Company, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Broadway, etc.
Part of SEEDS, a larger regional dance cooperation project between CNDB, Brain Store Project Foundation (Sofia) and Stanica – Service for Contemporary Dance (Belgrade), the ongoing training that the Academy has entailed will culminate in a group creation presented at the June graduation, as well as international productions that will circulate in European dance festivals.

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