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A discussion on the study "The Contemporary Dance Scene in Romania"

January 21, 2019, 6 PM
The National Centre for Dance in Bucharest

Mărășești 80-82

free admission

The study "The Contemporary Dance Scene in Romania. A research from a cultural ecology perspective" was conducted in 2019 by researchers Raluca Iacob and Ștefania Ferchedău and comissioned by the Gabriela Tudor Foundation within the "Platforma ZonaD” program.

On January 21, at 6 PM, we invite you to the National Centre for Dance in Bucharest, for a presentation and a discussion on this research.
Speakers: Vava Ștefănescu (choreographer and CNDB manager), Irina Cios (AFCN director), Simona Deaconescu (choreographer and Bucharest International Dance Film Festival director), Arcadie Rusu (choreographer, Linotip co-founder), Cristina Modreanu (curator and theatre critic).

The study aimed to become an instrument of (self) knowledge and collective deliberation for the practitioners in this field. The theoretical approach it undertakes connects the people in this field on the basis of certain criteria that speak about their effective role in the field's ecosystem, creating the conditions for new forms of solidarity and awareness of the way in which we need each other. Also, the analysis aims to formulate recommendations for the public administration sector, the actors within it and other strategic institutional partners for the field.

The analysis of the research's results, based on conducting a perception questionnaire and a mapping, identified both areas with a potential for growth, as well as a series of worrying trends that sabotage the impact of contemporary dance and undermine its practitioners. The assumption of a multitude of roles, the fragmenting of its mission in order to respond to continually evolving circumstances and a lack of specialised collaborators for specific tasks, are some of the conclusions that stand out. Therefore, the difference between the status it aspires to and the one it accomplishes is, on a general level, a vast one. For example, even though activities for audience development have somewhat gained momentum in the last few years, a majority of actors - individuals and organisations - do not perceive this role as being central to their own activity. On a positive note, the perception of having the adequate knowledge for accomplishing the majority of necessary roles indicates a level of self-confidence which, with the appropriate support, could become a catalyst for many impactful actions, personal and organisational. The analysis also indicates both the most widespread profiles within the field as well as the least activated ones by contemporary dance organisations and practitioners.

The study is available for consultation in both Romanian and English at


Photo: study cover, design by Irina Stelea, drawing by Branea.

„Platforma ZonaD”, which conducted the study, is a cultural program co-financed by the Administration for the National Cultural Fund.

Thanks to: CNDB for hosting the event, all the people who responded and took part in the discussions within the research, Matei Branea, Irina Stelea, Claudia Lie.