Thu 24.09.2015    18:30

Time Dance Connection. Bucharest in Action (1925-2015) - Floria Capsali

The exhibition opens with a debate on Floria Capsali’s contribution to the innovation of Romanian dance.

Guests: Zoltán Rostás, Liana and Ioan Tugearu, Vava Ştefănescu
Researcher and curator: Corina Cimpoieru

Floria Capsali was born on 25 of February 1900, in Macedonia, in the town called Bitolia. In 1913, she came to Romania as a refugee. After graduating the Academy of Theatre and Conservatory, she received a scholarship in Paris, where she worked with the famous choreographers Enrico Cechetti and Nicolas Legat, attending, at the same time, the courses on Art History from Sorbonne and following with great interest the "Russian ballets" of Diaghilev and "Swedish ballets" of Jean Borlin. After returning to the country, she gave her first recitals (Papillon by Robert Schuman, Mefisto-Walzer by Frantz Listz, Capricieuse by Schubert, Serenada by Pierne) and established a private ballet studio, where big names of the Romanian dance scene were trained and moulded. In 1928 she joined the monographic teams led by Dimitrie Gusti, gathering material about traditional dance, which she later valorized in the staging of the "Romanian ballets" - Nunta în Carpaţi/Wedding in the Carpathians by Paul Constantinescu, Demoazela Măriuţa/Missy Măriuţa by Mihail Jora or Priculiciul/The Elf by Zeno Vancea. She made the first eurhythmics performances from Romania, being inspired by the verses of Tudor Arghezi, Ion Barbu and Lucian Blaga. As a ballet master and, for a while, director of the Romanian Opera House, Floria Capsali choreographed successful performances from local and international repertoire and organized the Opera Ballet School. Her last years were devoted to choreographic stagings within the "C.C.S." and "Ciocârlia" Ensembles. Nowadays history pays her a well-deserved tribute –The Choreographic High School from Bucharest bearing the name "Floria Capsali".