Sat 19.09.2009    20:30

Follow That Summer, Saturday, 19th of September, 20:30h, The Round Hall

An attempt to reconstruct the feelings and impressions that are characteristic for the summer, when the warmth of the sun, the freshness of the shadow and the contact with nature go together with a sense of joy and pleasure in lazy activities that are just as much useless as mindless. We try to depict summer as something that goes together with youth and memory. Something that comes and then is taken from us, just leaving traces, remains, and a sweet flavor mingled with loss.
This work started as a research on the Alzheimer disease. Loss of memory also means loss of history, of identity and finally of life itself, as if you were dying from the inside out.
When it comes to the past, memory tends to change its occurrences, but in the case of Alzheimer disease it even changes the ones of the present. “Follow that summer” is a piece about the impossibility of sharing the present as a single objective reality.

A former journalist and critic of literature, music and film, Rui Catalão (b.1971, Portugal) has tried to redefine in the past nine years the role of dramaturgy onstage, working with the choreographers João Fiadeiro, Miguel Pereira, Manuel Pelmuş, Brynjar Bandlien, Madalina Dan and also writing scripts for the film directors João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) and Jorge Cramez (The Golden Helmet). In 2003, he created the ‘live movie’ set concept, with which he made four pieces (the latest one, “Atît de Fragedă”, premiered in CNDB with Romanian performers). Established in Bucharest since 2007, he performed “Coada Şoricelului” together with Mihaela Dancs, with whom he conceived “Follow that summer”. He collaborates in "First Steps"(Mihaela Dancs/ Carmen Coţofană). He develops his first solo, with material being tested and presented during “Miercurea Lejeră” program that Edi Gabia and Maria Baroncea hold in CNDB. He works on a new collective project in Portugal, with the couple Ana Borralho-Joao Galante.

Mihaela Dancs (b.1974, Romania) graduates Dentistry College ("Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest) in 1999.
Since 2004 she takes part in workshops coached among others by Pascal Allio, Florin Fieroiu, Cosmin Manolescu, Eduard Gabia, Rui Catalao, Allyson Green, David Zambrano, Martin Kilvady, KJ Holmes, Ted Stoffer, Martin Sonderkamp, DD Dorvillier, Risa Steinberg, Georg Blaschke, Milton Myers, Katheleen Hermesdorf, Brynjar Bandlien.
She collaborates with the choreographers: Pascal Allio, Allyson Green, Cătălina Gubandru, Andreea Căpitănescu, Florin Flueraş, Rui Catalao, Maria Baroncea& Eduard Gabia, Bernard Baumgarten, Vava Ştefănescu, Mădălina Dan .
In 2006 she creates and performs her first solo, "Reprogramare", part of "Performing The Body" project (Artlink), presented in The National Museum Of Contemporary Art Bucharest, CNDB and The National Theatre Festival.
She works as co-author with Rui Catalao for "Coada şoricelului" (2007) and "Follow That Summer" (2008). In October 2009 "Follow That Summer" will be presented in The Balkan Dance Platform, Novi Sad/Serbia.
In March 2009 she presents her second solo, "Lulu's Room" in Europe In Motion Festival Bucharest, CNDB.
She is currently working as co-author with Carmen Coţofană on "First Steps", to be premiered in Explore Dance Festival Bucharest, in October 2009.