The first version of “Ilusionists” (concept and artistic direction: Mădălina Dan) premiered in 2009. In 2020, the work returned to the stage with a new generation of performers, a cast made up of graduates from the CNDB Academy of Dance and Performance and dancers from the Romanian dance community – Carmen Coțofană, Alexandra Bălălășoiu, Smaranda Găbudeanu, Georgia Măciuceanu and Virginia Negru. The content of the performance is seen as an extension of the playful stage of early life, characterized by play, innocence and continuous enthusiasm in perceiving and transforming the world. It rejects the automatism, classifications and simplifications that take the place of magic in adult life and returns to the logic and relationships that make the real and the imaginary, the possible and the impossible intertwine.
Creator: Luana Pleșea
Producer: Gabriela Mitan
Host: Andra Petrariu
The Academy of Dance and Performance is part of the South-East European Dance Stations (SEEDS) project, coordinated by the National Center for Dance Bucharest and carried out in partnership with the Brain Store Project Foundation (Sofia) and Stanica – Service for Contemporary Dance (Belgrade) in the period between 2022 and 2025. 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.