‘Embodying Archives’ presentations & open talks

  • Public presentation
  • Part of the “Past Present. The Archive and the Body” project
  • Free participation

120 min.


What is the relationship between representation and performativity, between the past of the archive and the present of the body? What does it mean to bring an image ‘to life’? What do our bodies tell us about our personal memories and histories; what happens if we perceive the moving body as a subjective and affective archive? 

In this session of presentations and open talks, we will explore three different facets of the possible relationship between the living body and the archival image: seen from the perspective of the visual artist, of the dancer-choreographer, and of the researcher of the dance archives.


Ioana Marinescu is an architect and visual artist and the artistic director of the ‘Past Present. The Archive and the Body’ project. Ioana works with large photographs in public spaces, with projections and live actions. She has recently completed a PhD by practice at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the activation of archival imagery in urban contexts and through the body. 

Hanna Gillgren is a Swedish-born choreographer and performer based in London, co-artistic director of H2DANCE, and a lecturer of dance practice and choreography at Roehampton University. A graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, she has received awards for her own work and has collaborated with a number of other internationally acclaimed choreographers and dancers.Corina Cimpoieru works as a researcher and coordinator of the Media Library and Archive at the National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB). In recent years she has dedicated her time to identifying documents about dance, researching in both private and institutional archives, with the aim of recovering the history of Romanian dance and performance through archiving practices that reconfigure their potential for contemporary projects: performative re-enactments, dance and performance exhibitions, publishing projects.

19:00-19:10 – Iulia Mărăcine, moderator, opens the session and introduces the guest-speakers
19.10-19.30 – Ioana Marinescu – introduces ‘Past Present. The Archive and the Body’ project, in the context of her own research on the activation of archival images in public spaces. 
19:30-19:50 – Hanna Gillgren – talks about the performer’s body as a permanently changing  archive and presents her own choreographic practice within H2DANCE company.
19:50-20:10 – Corina Cimpoieru – presents the ‘(In)visible Bodies and Stories’ project – a re-enactment of forgotten dance spaces in Bucharest in guided performative tours, starting from archival documents found in the CNDB Archive. 
20:10-21:00 – Q&A session.

Participation is free, by registration via email to (contact Ana Turos).

This session is part of a larger artistic project, Past Present. The Archive and the Body’ (concept Ioana Marinescu), that works with the relationship between body, memory and archive in various dislocated communities. 

The project ‘Past Present. The Archive and the Body’ is co-produced by PETEC (Asociația Pentru Teatru și Carte) and /SAC @ MALMAISON in partnership with H2Dance (London), CNDB (The National Center for Dance Bucharest), Beaconsfield (London), the community Cartierul Uranus, CESI (Centrul de Excelență în Studiul Imaginii), Radio România Cultural (Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation – Cultural National Channel), Igloo

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.

Special mentions

Presentations and discussions will be held in Romanian and English.

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