• Dance & performance

75 min


The pathosphere – is the sphere of pathos (emotion), the sphere/medium in which contradiction, contrast, overlapping, deformation, the fabric of paradoxes, seen both micro – biologically and psychologically – and macro, in relation to the surrounding reality and universe, cohabit.

Mădălina Dan proposes an artistic universe structured around a unitary bodily composition, in which individualities, dynamics and affective subjectivity form an extended body. Pathosphere is a decomposed and recomposed compound of realities that expand and contract according to the pulsations of life that stir in the smallest cracks around us. A sphere of the pathos of emotion, created through movement, dance, sound, text, image, like the city and the water that flows through it.

Patosphere is a synthesis of influences as diverse as iridescence, fitness classes, cosmology, trap music, the study of ants, the study of the affects of urban space and technology, which merge, intersect, overlap.

Patosphere brings to life a fragile and brilliant universe, interconnected and coexisting, specific to ecological thinking and decentered from the human perspective, where reality is only one version of our gaze, and survival is, implicitly, interdependence.

Concept and artistic direction: Mădălina Dan
Dancers/performers: Georgeta Corca, Mariana Gavriciuc, Nanci/Cristian Nanculescu, Virginia Negru, George Pleșca
Coreography in collaboration with: Georgeta Corca, Mariana Gavriciuc, Nanci/Cristian Nanculescu, Virginia Negru, George Pleșca
Text and dramaturgy in collaboration with: Mihaela Michailov
Sound design and musical compositions: Denis Bolborea, Cătălin Diaconu.
Set/ video design: Alina Ușurelu
Costumes: Ioana Surdu (Noir Morphosis)
Light design: Marius Costache
Assitance: Georgia Măciuceanu


Mădălina Dan is a choreographer and performer, one of the established creators of contemporary dance in Romania, active on international stages, but also very present and involved in the local choreographic context, in which she generously invests time, energy and knowledge. The artist creates complex contents and sophisticated working methodologies that she shares in contexts that become spaces of communication, being a true explorer and connector between people, collectives and ideas.
She is a graduate of the “Floria Capsali” Choreography High School in Bucharest and of the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Arts in Bucharest – Choreography section; she also graduated from UNATC with a Master in dramatic writing. Between 1998 and 2003 she was a member of the dance company “Oleg Danovski” in Constanta. Between 2014-2016 she studied in Berlin at HZT (Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz Berlin) in the SoDA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) master program.
In 2015 she received the CNDB Award, and in 2016 she is Associate Artist of the National Center for Dance Bucharest.
Her work has been presented at Springdance Festival Utrecht, Balkan Dance Platform – Novi Sad, eXplore Dance Festival – Bucharest, Temps d’Images – Cluj, SouthBank Center & Chisenhale Dance Space – London, Fabrik Potsdam, Hebbel am Uffer – Berlin, TanzFabrik-Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien, Dance Theater Workshop – New York, Firkin Crane-Cork, Alta Theater – Prague, Art Stations Foundation – Poznan, Sophien Saale – Berlin, FFT Düsseldorf, Impulse Festival- Mulheim, Lyon Dance Biennale, Schauschpiel Leipzig, Hellerau – Dresden, Bozar- Brussels, etc.

The biographies of the full team are available HERE.

Produced by
The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB)

Co-finance 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.

Special mentions

The texts and choreographic material were inspired by the research process for the performance in 2022.

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