Sat 24.10.2009    07:00

OuiBaDa >> a performance by Gigi Căciuleanu, Saturday, 24th of October, 19.00h, Round Hall

OuiBaDa is more than ballet, it is a piece of choreographic theater.
It is a style conceived by Gigi Căciuleanu and developed in France during his days as artistic director of one of the first French National Choreographic Centers, the one in Rennes; he continues to cultivate this style in Santiago, as choreographer of the Chilean National Ballet, but also as an invited artist in Brazil, Romania, Uruguay, Italy, Israel, Japan and so on.
The performance is based on the Romanian national ballad Mioritza, a poem which carries us, like an alchemic process, from the narrowness of a patch of land to the communion with the universe. From fratricide struggle to cosmic wedding.
Starting from the ballad’s first image, OuiBaDa sketches a specific Romanian universe. That of a country finally European, yet very little known by the great Western public. But still, a Romania of Ionescu, Brâncuşi, Tzara, Enescu, Eliade, Cioran etc.
The music is a medley of genuine Romanian music from the past and the present, from folklore to the most recent music.
The idea of the performance is to carry us from the Geographic to the Universal. 100% Romanian, OuiBaDa portrays not only the Romanian, but the human being in general.
OuiBaDa is more than a performance. It represents a world characteristic to Gigi, where the absurd intertwines with moments of tenderness, the harshness of daily life with the poetic emotion, the humor with the love…

Gigi Căciuleanu graduated from the National Superior School of Choreography in Bucharest. In parallel with practising the disciplines of academic dance, at the age of 14 he discovers the contemporary dance with Miriam Răducanu. Following his graduation, he improved the classical technique at the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow. As the soloist of the Romanian National Opera, he performs in pieces from the repertoire, while simultaneously practising a different, experimental and contemporary dance, together with his master teacher Miriam Răducanu, taking part in the performances Nocturne 9 1/2, and also at national and international events (Piatra-Neamţ, Viña del Mar, Baalbeck, Brussels, Edinburgh and others).
From 1972 to 1973, he is the choreographer and visiting professor at Pina Bausch’s Folkwang Ballet in Essen, Germany. In 1974, he establishes the Studio de Danse Contemporaine at the Grand Thèâtre in Nancy, France, and is one of the founding members of UNESCO’s Council of International Dance. Additionally, he is member (and partner since 1990) of the SACD - the French Society of Authors.
From 1974 to 1978, he is Director of the Ballet of the Grand Thèâtre in Nancy, France, with which he tours throughout France and Europe. From 1978 to 1993, he is Director, along with his collaborator, Dan Mastacan, of the Choreographic Center of Rennes, Brittany (France). In 1994, he creates The Gigi Căciuleanu Company in Paris, with Dan Mastacan as Director, performing in national and international tours.
Since 2001, he is the Artistic Director of the Chilean National Ballet. At the same time, he continues working with his company from Paris, performing as visiting dancer, professor and choreographer, touring Italy, Brazil, Romania, Russia, Uruguay, Argentina and others.
During his successful trajectory, he has received numberless acknowledgements, among them: the “Brigitt” Award for his contribution to the cultural life of the Brittany Region in France (1987); the Choreography Award of the “International Competition of Varna”, in Bulgaria (1970); two years in a row the First Prize at the “International Competition of Choreographies” in Cologne, Germany (1971 and 1972); Choreography First Prize at the International Competition of Bagnolet, Paris (1973); the choreography award given by the Romanian magazine “Music Today” for the performance Il Trovatore, performed at the Bucharest Opera House (1991).
Gigi Căciuleanu obtained in 1994 the title of “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” from France and in 2002, the superior rank of the Romanian Decoration “Steaua României”.