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The National Dance Center of Bucharest acknowledges excellence #CNDB Awards 2015, second edition

 Scena 9 and The National Center of Bucharest (CNDB) present #CNDBAwards2015. CNDB, institution operating under The Ministry of Culture, by organizing the event in partnership with The National Theatre of Bucharest (TNB) celebrates 11 years of existence.
#CNDBAwards2015 will take place at the Studio Hall of TNB, on the 11th December 2015, beginning at 19:00.

„We would like to give our thanks to the dancers, choreographers and people from the cultural milieu who, through their activity, have brought forth Romanian contemporary dance .The National Dance Center of Bucharest awards are excellence awards , they do not establish a hierarchy, but acknowledge value”, says Vava Ștefănescu, manager of CNDB. „This is a positive and necessary endeavour, taking into consideration the context in which contemporary dance finds itself, which, all tough is an acclaimed art, it’s constantly in a precarious condition. Professionals’ contribution is even greater as they succeed in promoting contemporary dance despite administrative and bureaucratic adversities. Our trophy is a brick - it symbolizes the foundation of contemporary dance as a profession. Brick by brick, we hope to build together something solid and lasting and maybe we’ll also get to have that house we wish for”, adds Vava Ștefănescu.


Time Dance Connection. Bucharest in Action (1925-2015) – The Map of Contemporary Dance History in Bucharest

Contemporary dance has a much more vast history than the one presented within the event Time Dance Connection. Bucharest in action (1925-2015) – The Map of Contemporary Dance History in Bucharest.

In permanent pursuit of recovering the values of Romanian choreography, updating and visibly placing them among the cultural values of literature, music or visual arts, The National Dance Centre Bucharest launched in 2014 a monographic and historic research coordinated by Igor Mocanu. The devotion and passion of the researchers is even more impressive if we consider the fact that most of them do not come from the choreographic field: Valentina Iancu, Corina Cimpoieru, Igor Mocanu, Gina Șerbănescu, Irina Severin, Florin Flueraș, Brynjar Bandlien and, last but not least, the gold mine of this research, Mrs. Liana Tugearu.
Time Dance Connection. Bucharest in action (1925-2015) – The Map of Contemporary Dance History in Bucharest has chosen only six vertebrae of the spinal column supporting contemporary choreography, while the notable figures who have contributed to the building of this field are much more numerous. This history of dance is written in actual terms and is tuned to the symbolic performance of the present, trying to beat the intermittent speed with which nowadays Romania’s cultural life spins.

Time Dance Connection. Bucharest in action (1925-2015) – The Map of Contemporary Dance History in Bucharest reveals spectacular histories, which, from obscure reasons, are not taught in schools, not even in specialized schools.

Today contemporary dance does not need to be legitimated by other artistic fields, instead it settles down by its own regulations, earns its dignity and becomes enriched by acknowledging its own history.

UptoDance – Romanian Contemporary Dance Portal will extensively comprise the outcomes of this research program and will be launched by NDCB in November.

Vava Ștefănescu


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Vava Ştefănescu talking about the fate of Romanian contemporary dance

We invite you to watch Vava Ştefănescu interviewed for the on-line television Adevărul LIVE.
At Adevărul LIVE, Vava Ştefănescu told us about the dance school, current conditions, but also about the running of the activities at the dance center, where she acts as manager.
This interview was made in Romanian language.


Interview with Vava Ştefănescu¬-“Romanian Contemporary Dance File in Magazine”

The National Dance Center-The Following Step, an interview made by Cristina Modreanu as part of her dialogue with Vava Ştefănescu, the manager of the National Dance Center Bucharest
Excerpt: “NDCB will have to build the new strategy based on those strengths that ensure development of dance field at national level, essentially contributing to creating a real dance market, by integrating politics (which take into consideration all active actors in the field), a strategy ensuring valorization of the creation in the field of contemporary dance.” Vava Ştefănescu
This interview was made in Romanian language.


Interview with Manuel Pelmuş in Magazine

An interview with Manuel Pelmuş about career, dance and community, made by Gina Şerbănescu.
Excerpt: “Establishment of the National Dance Center Bucharest represented our common struggle and it had a tremendous impact. For us, it has been crucial to have a place where we can imagine and practice very different things, which belong to artistic research, having no immediate constraints. It is a laboratory work, which it seemed to me to be privileged liberty. It is the kind of liberty that one can have for a limited period of time and I think we all benefited from it.” Manuel Pelmuş
This interview was made in Romanian language.


With and About Dance...

An entire world made of small pieces –dance reviews 1972-2012 by Liana Tugearu

Excerpt: ‘’The pages of this book are a miracle. They are a document and, at the same time, a discreet, humble form of the author’s confession. They accompany a fantastic, complex phenomenon that recounts about body and mind, about discipline and madness, about flight and God.” Marina Constantinescu

Dance in the 20th century by Isabelle Ginot and Marcelle Michel, translation by Vivia Săndulescu

Excerpt: “Refinding of one’s own body, taking on sensuality, liberty of movement- primordial stakes of modern dance, in other times, means of disproof- have been to a great extent recovered by a society that makes a new commercial object out of the body: the stakes of rebellion have become the vectors of fashion.
DANCE DANCE DANCE – 21st Century Magazine (Revista Secolul 21)
Alina Ledeanu: “In the second half of the previous century, from the ‘50s and until the events from December 1990, the names of some great choreographers and dancers (Floria Capsali, Gabriel Negry, Trixi Checais, Stere Popescu, Gabriel Popescu) had become taboo topics for too many years. It was about time to “save” them at the real dimension of their creation and, thus, to redeem them to the Romanian and foreign readers. We owe to the National Dance Center – Bucharest, an open-hearted partner to this project, the possibility to reveal to a large audience a part of the precious archives.

*The publications are available at the headquarters of the National Dance Centre Bucharest.


The Awakened Body

The National Dance Center proposes a special article about body, contemporary dance and performance, written by Oana Stoica for Lettre International, Romanian language edition (spring 2014).
This article reduces the dimensions of the “abstract” to concepts that are easy for the audience interested in contemporary art forms and answers popularly to the questions: What is dance? What generates dance, movement itself or the way it relates to the audience? What is the body in dance? Thus dance develops a philosophy inspired by everyday life (as support, topic and space) and performed by a body that materializes concepts closely related to identity questioning.
Oana Stoica analyses the body-archive, the body memory, the occupied body, the ill body, the agonizing body, the body as a cure, the speaking body, the body which possesses another body, from the most debated performances of Romanian contemporary dance stages, materializing the “abstract” of some work pieces signed by artists such as: Ion Dumitrescu, Manuel Pelmuş, Andreea Novac, Paul Dunca, Vava Ştefănescu, Cosmin Manolescu, Mihaela Dancs, Mihai Mihalcea (Farid Fairz), Mădălina Dan, Ferenc Sinko, Leta Popescu sau Florin Fluieraş.
This article is written in Romanian language.


Cultural Transilvania (Transilvania Culturală), May 10th, interview with Vava Ştefănescu

“Cultural Transilvania dances contemporary. Vava Ştefănescu –choreographer and dancer with a rich artistic and theoretical activity- confesses on how artists find a cure for their mental problems through the performances they create, but, also, which direction is contemporary dance moving to. We will also find out how Cluj became the second home of both Vava Ştefănescu and The National Dance Center Bucharest.”
This interview is made in Romanian language.

16 DEC

The Institute of Change

PAUL DUNCA presents

The Institute of Change
With/by): Carmen Cotofana, Paul Dunca, Maria Mora, Ada Musat, Cristian Neagoe & Dionisie Lupu
Photo: Geraldine Aresteanu
With the support of: National Dance Center Bucharest

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