Tonight, the Bucharest public is invited to an exceptional dance performance signed by the celebrated choreographer Gigi Caciuleanu, at the Bucharest National Dance Centre.
Starting from the opening image of the national ballad, “Miorita”, “OuiBaDa” creates, within the space of a performance, a peculiarly Romanian world. The world of a European country which the wider Western public is less acquainted with. And, yet, this is the Romania which gave birth to Ionesco, Brancusi, Tzara, Enescu, Eliade, Cioran, etc.
The musical score is a collage of old and new purely Romanian music, ranging from folklore to the hip music of the here and now.
Gigi Caciuleanu is the best-known Romanian contemporary choreographer. A graduate of the Bucharest Choreography School, also training in academic ballet, he discovered and was influenced by Miriam Raducanu’s dance shows. After graduating, he specializes at the Balshoy Theatre. As a soloist of the Bucharest Opera, he takes on parts from the Opera repertoire, but explores, at the same time, Miriam Raducanu’s different, deeply modern and contemporary, dancing style and appears, under her guidance, both in the Nocturne 9 ? performance series, as well as in national and international shows (Viña del Mar, Piatra Neamt, Baalbek, Edinburgh, etc.)
After a season at the Pinei Bausch company, where he was invited as guest teacher and choreographer, he decided to remain in France, together with his partner, Ruxandra Racovita, and there acted, in turn, alongside his collaborator, the actor and director Dan Mastacan, as director of the Nancy Grand Theatre’s Ballet Company (1974-1978) and the National Choreographic Centre in Rennes (1978-1993). In 1994, he sets up, in Paris, the Gigi Caciuleanu Company, whose director is Dan Mastacan. Since 2001, he has acted as the artistic director of the El Banch National Chilean Ballet.
In 2001, he directs, at the Ariel Theatre in Tirgu Mures, the play “Jungle X”, and, on the same occasion, his book, “Jungle Book X”, is released, and, in 2002, he launches, in Santiago, his first choreography book, “VVV – Viento, Volumenes, Vectores”, while “Adevarul literar si artistic” publishes his first poems, sent to the paper … in the 1970s.
In 1994 he is awarded the “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” title by the French state, and, in 2002, receives the “Order of the Star of Romania” medal, Class Knight. He won several choreography awards, including: a prize in the Varna Ballet Competition, twice the grand trophy in Cologne, the first prize in the Paris-Bagnolet competition, the “Actualitatea Muzicala” award for the performance “Il Trovatore”, three times the APES Chilean Critics’ Award and twice the ALTAZOR award (the Chilean equivalent of the Oscar). He is a member of the French Authors’ Society (SACD) and one of the founding members of UNESCO’s International Dance Council. At the invitation of the “Oleg Danovschi” Ballet Theatre in Constanta, he directed “Verdi – Requiem, Mozartissimo, America”. In 2005, he signed a production of “Symphonie phantastique”, featuring the Bucharest National Opera’s Ballet Company.
Venue: National Dance Centre, National Theatre – Atelier Hall, 8 pm
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