Thu 19.05.2011    07:00

May 19th ::: MOVING DIALOGUE Romania >> beginning at 19h00, Atelierul de Productie, Bucharest

Jillian Pena

statements about my work:
I make dances that sometimes include people dancing, sometimes include you dancing, and sometimes hope that dance can exist without dance, by being moved by something. I am a dancer, but I don’t dance. Dance is the language I speak. It is inside me and all over me. My work is primarily concerned with the confusion and desire between self and other, and focuses on the most complicated relationship we all have:
that of the self to the self.

Yes to spectacle.
Yes to virtuosity.
Yes to transformations and magic and make-believe.
Yes to the glamour and transcendency of the star image.
Yes to the heroic.
Yes to the anti-heroic.
Yes to trash imagery.
Yes to involvement of performer or spectator.
Yes to style.
Yes to camp.
Yes to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer.
Yes to eccentricity.
Yes to moving or being moved.

-Jillian Peña in conversation with Yvonne Rainer

Jillian Peña is a dance and video artist primarily concerned with confusion and desire between self and other. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. She has been presented internationally, including at Dance Theater Workshop and The Kitchen in New York, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia, and Mix Brazil Sao Paulo. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a fellowship recipient, and a BA from Hollins University. Jillian is a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar and a Practice-based PhD candidate in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her video work is distributed by Video Data Bank. She is a 2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2009 DanceWeb Fellow at Impulstanz in Vienna, and a 2010 Artist-in-Residence at Archauz in Århus, Denmark.

Anna Drozdowski

These writings are not by me, but important to my understanding of dance:
Jonathan Burrows: A Choreographer's Handbook
Creative Commons: The Swedish Dance History
Susan Foster: Dances That Describe Themselves

Some Examples of My Writing:

The Most Recent Festival I Curated:

Through Ladybird, ANNA DROZDOWSKI embarks on international projects in organizational development, mutual understanding and research/dramaturgy--most often in dance. Along with artists who make honest, ambitious work she remains curious about like-minds in far-flung places who are interested in the the body. Anna is a facilitator with Artists U, consults with the Christ Church Neighborhood House and collaboratively curates spectacles with the fledgling One Stone. She has written critically on Headlong/Tere O'Connor, Dada von Bzdulow and the Royal Danish Ballet as well as through Critical Correspondence, the Philadelphia Weekly and the Bournonville Daily. Anna has shown tiny choreographies at Movement Research, InFlux and the CEC New Edge series; and lectured at universities in Europe/The Americas as well as a PA Commonwealth Speaker. She is a fellow of the Fulbright Program and NEA Arts Journalism Program; her creative research has been supported by the Chicago Seminar on Dance & Performance; The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Pew Charitable Trusts through Dance Advance. Anna holds a Master’s in Performance Studies from NYU and enjoys cross-stitching obscenities.

Cosmin Manolescu - “I am myself” (work in progress)

performance-installation for a hotel room
(work-in-progress presentation)

love hotel I am myself forever online a paradox serial traveller a lost soul a fighter defeated always available a man who lost his soul mate forever a flower llama or penguin visible I am a butterfly alone a confident man satisfied cool I am a father owner of a dog at the extremes warm one cold absent two a lamp with yellow light and pink margins in dilemma je ne sais pas who I am

"I Am Myself" is a performance-installation, which investigates the limits - of the body, of the performance, of the audience -, while questioning the problems of contemporary life - cultural identity, memory, the thin line between reality and fiction, the speed of life, alienation and the addictions of contemporary man. The project is conceived as a marathon performance, to be presented in the space of a hotel room.

concept: Cosmin Manolescu
choreography & performance: Cosmin Manolescu & Catrinel Catană
management: Ștefania Ferchedău
co-produced by: Gabriela Tudor Foundation and National Dance Centre in Bucharest
the project started in the frame of a Wild Cards residence offered by Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm) and 4Culture Association (Bucharest) (Stockholm, June 2010)
premiere: June 25, 2011

Cosmin Manolescu is choreographer and artistic director of Serial Paradise Company based in Bucharest (Romania). His artistic work was successfully presented in important festivals and venues in Bucharest, New York, San Diego, Paris, Lyon, London, Dublin, Porto, Rome, Florence, Catania, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Malmo, Luxemburg, Barcelona, Bremen etc. His artistic work was awarded several grants and prizes among which Grand Prix for "Serial Paradise" at the "Atelier" Experimental Theatre Festival (Sf. Gheorghe, 2003), SACD and Sogeda Awards for the project "Don't Ask The Blond" (Monaco Dance Forum, 2004), "Nouveau Talent Choregraphie" (SACD Paris, 2005). He played an important role in the development of contemporary dance in Romania and in the creation of National Dance Centre in Bucharest.

Moving Dialogue is initiated and organised by Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, National Dance Center Bucharest, Gabriela Tudor Foundation, Movement Research and Dance Theater Workshop.
Moving Dialogue Romania is made possible with the financial support of the Romanian Cultural Institute and, in part, of the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Moving Dialogue is dedicated to Gabriela Tudor.

Atelierul de Productie - 160 Splaiul Unirii, Bucharest