Thu 08.10.2015 18:30
Time Dance Connection. Bucharest in Action (1925-2015) - Trixy Checais
Guests: Andrea Roșca, Ana-Maria Crișan, Tudor Giurgiu, Răzvan Mazilu, Miriam Răducanu
Special thanks to Mrs. Andrea Roşca, the artist’s daughter
Researcher: Gina Șerbănescu
Trixy Checais (born Dumitru Checais on 22 of December 1914 – died on 20 of April 1990, Galați) was a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy from Bucharest. According to his biography, he entered the world of dance quite late, when he started to attend the classes at Paula Sybille’s studios, where he assimilated the improvisation technique, but he refined his dance style under the guidance of Floria Capsali and Iris Barbura. In the interwar period, he became an outstanding artistic figure of Bucharest, standing out with his recitals, played characters on the stage of the Romanian Opera House, but also by the scenographies that he created for the performances in which he danced (he made history in Harap-Alb/The Story of Harap Alb, with a choreography signed by Oleg Danovsky, where he played a double role Spânul/The Bald Man and Păsări-Lăți-Lungilă). He made a name for himself as an important teacher in the field of dance, becoming the teacher of some dancers, who have marked the history of Romanian choreography, such as Miriam Răducanu and Gelu Barbu. Although his dance style was unique, he drew his inspiration from the German expressionism (following Harald Kreutzberg and Gret Palucca), as well as from the oriental visual universe. Between 1938 - 1952 (when he was sentenced to forced labour at the Danube-Black Sea Canal) he was an employee of the Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1954 he was hired at the State Opera House from Timișoara, where he worked for 4 years. Subsequently, he was employed as a ballet master at the Musical Theatre from Galați, where he remained until his retirement in 1970. While he was engaged in Galați, he staged performances in Constanța and Cluj-Napoca, and collaborated with the State Jewish Theatre in Bucharest.