Romanian Dance Showcase 2014 – 18 shows in seven days


Romanian Dance Showcase 2014, one of the most important events of the year in the realm of dance and contemporary performance arts, organized by the Bucharest National Center for Dance (CNDB), will gather 18 shows, 17 foreign guests and 55 already renowned artists and artists at the start of their career for seven days, between April 28 and May 4.
‘This year’s showcase is a follow-up to the pilot edition of September last year that was done with very few means but with great results. (…) This year we’ve decided to make a larger, more comprehensive edition. Usually, a showcase lasts for four days, here it will last a week because we wanted it to be large, to be generous, to present a wide range of shows with a large diversity,’ said Vava Stefanescu, ad-interim director of the National Center for Dance Bucharest, during a press conference. She stated that she wishes in the future that ‘this edition be the spring board for a true national platform for contemporary dance’ and more cities in the country open up centers for contemporary dance.
Conceived as an international event to promote Romanian contemporary dance in Europe, the Romanian Dance Showcase wishes to emphasize the dynamic, creativity and versatility of the Romanian contemporary dance scene and create the premises for collaborations and artistic exchanges between Romanian and countries in south-eastern Europe. The curator of the event, Iulia Popovici, stated that the selection of shows presented in the Romanian Dance Showcase did not envisage becoming ‘a best-of of the dance scene’. ‘There are shows that are extremely diverse as approach, as aesthetic, as artistic practice. The shows were produced at different times and as such they are the result of different production conditions’, stated Iulia Popovici.
Besides the proposed shows, the event will also include a round table, a networking brunch, installations and video projections as well as discussions with the artists and foreign guests.
There will be three shows in the first day of the festival: “Room 001. Dreams’ factory” by Simona Deaconescu, ‘Choreography in the expanded field of the museum, the gallery and the public space’ / lecture Alexandra Pirici, and ‘Dead Thinking’ by Florin Fluera_ & Alina Popa.
14 of the shows will be performed at the National Center for Dance Bucharest’s headquarters in Marasesti Boulevard, one of them will be performed at the ‘Amalia & Dr. Moses Rosen’ golden-ager home in Jimbolia Street. The final show will take place at Odeon Theatre on May 4.

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