CNDB organizes The Contemporary dance camp at Craiova

The contemporary dance camp 2018 is a choreographic research and individual and collective artistic exploration project which aims to offer, via a summer camp, practice residencies and contexts for reflection to choreographers who have created at least 2 personal works.
Organised in Craiova, between July 11 and July 26, 2018, the summer camp will become an educational and artistic framework for applied choreographic development, focused on the educational-creative dimension of the work process for artists who wish to engage in a creative and assessment dialogue with important names from the Romanian and international contemporary choreographic scene.

Formative benefits of the contemporary dance camp:
- A top educational framework for performers

The artistic process will include several stages: developing an idea for a show, structuring a concept, defining the proposed work's own dramaturgical approach and articulating a discourse that would accompany the work (press release, short description, longform description, wide ranging presentation, artistic statement). The campus therefore becomes a fluid context for artistic sharing, a mobile educational framework which will favour the diversity of choreographic approaches and exploratory formation, defining itself in accordance with the needs and concrete proposals of each participant.
The participants will take part in body training sessions, will debate concepts, ideas and practices from the biographies given to them by the mentors and will submit for discussion books and shows that had an important part to play in their education.

- Notable mentors will guide the formative process

The general framework proposed by the creative formats will focus on the structure and analysis of the contemporary choreographic discourse. The mentors - Jan Burkhardt, Mădălina Dan, Mihaela Michailov, Sandra Noeth - will adapt their workshops' concept to the artistic development necessities of the participants, serving as both practice and discourse coaches and mentors for the intimate creative laboratory.

- European-level formative and performative dialogue

Taking place in Craiova, in partnership with the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre, the project answers the needs for education and professional development identified within both the Romanian and the international artistic comunities, as part of cooperative projects undertaken within the Dance Roads network, the AEROWAVES meeting, or with the occasion of the Regional Choreography Biennale, in the 2016 pilot edition, that showcased works by artists and contemporary dance companies from Central and Eastern Europe.

All the workshops will take place in English.

Organisational info:

The participants' selection (a maximum of 12 people) will be made by the mentors and the CNDB team.
The organisers offer food and lodging, while each participant must pay for his/her transport fees.

All those wishing to take place in the choreographic summer camp are kindly invited to send the following documents to, subject line RE: Application for educational framework July 9-26, 2018 - Craiova:
- one artistic bio (English),
- two personal texts (English, max. 2000 characters each) about two recently finalised or soon to be finalised works,
- a description of the work they wish to develop (English, 1000 characters), along with an argumentative text (English - max. 1000 characters) and
- two photos with the images they see most often every day.

The deadline for sending the applications is May 3. The results will be announced on June 1.


BIO of Mentors



Jan Burkhardt is a dancer, choreographer and musician based in Berlin,Germany.

He is certified Laban-Bartenieff-Movement-Analyst and has been exploring contact improvisation, BMC, contemporary dance techniques and improvisational approaches for many years.

Jan teaches and performs and coaches internationally in different artistic and pedagogical settings (among them the dance departments in Berlin, Cologne, Stockholm and Copenhagen).

Since 2007 Jan works in close collaboration with director Laurent Chetouane , and since 2011 with Sebastian Matthias and keeps creating his own work, the latest being vexations with his collegue Kerstin Kussmaul in co-production with ImpulsTanz, Vienna 20009 and schweigstückwith F.Willens for tanztage , Berlin 2010.



Sandra Noeth works as a dramaturge, curator and cultural scholar. 2015-17 she has been a member of the research group “Loose Couplings: Collectivity at the Intersection of Digital and Urban Space” at the University of Hamburg. From 2009-2014 she was Head of Dramaturgy and Research at Tanzquartier Wien, where she developed a series of artistic-theoretical projects on concepts and practices of responsibility, religion, integrity and protest in relation to the human body. Since 2012 she has been Senior Lecturer and member of the artistic committee in the MA programme in Choreography at DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts. Her work focuses on dramaturgy in dance and choreography, ethical and political perspectives toward body-practice and theory, as well as non-western cultures of movement and the body. In dialogue with artistic practices from Lebanon and Palestine, her dissertation deals with the entangled experience of borders and of collectivity. She teaches at the HZT Berlin, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Frankfurt am Main, Theaterakademie Hamburg, Sareyyet Ramallah, ashkal alwan Beirut (resident professor in the HWP programme 2015/16) and was a research associate at the Tanzkongress in 2016. Recent publication: „Bodies of Evidence. Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement“ (edited with Gurur Ertem, Passagen-publishers, 2018)



Mădălina Dan, maker and facilitator, studied at the Choreography Highschool and the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale in Bucharest. She was a member of the Oleg Danovski Ballet Company from 1998 until 2003. She was invited artist to the Herberger Institute, School of Dance (Arizona State University) in 2009, and in 2008 she received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna. She studied at HZT in the MA program Solo/Dance/Authorship (2014-2016). Along the years, she has been an active member in the contemporary dance community in Romania, at the National Centre for Dance in Bucharest, teaching and developing educational and social programs. In 2015 she received a CNDB award for her contribution to the development of contemporary art in Romania.



Mihaela Michailov is a dramaturge and performing arts critic. She is interested in educational and political art, fluid performative dramaturgies, performance theory and emotional pedagogies. She has conducted, starting in 2007, conferences and presentations focused on the evolution of performing arts in Romania at Avignon, Paris, Nancy, Viena, Tokyo. Her theatre plays have been translated in Bulgarian, English, French, German, Greek and Spanish.



Cultural program financed by The Administration of National Cultural Fund (AFCN)