Tue 16.03.2010    07:00

Quartet for a Microphone >> at the Center for Visual Introspection, March 16th, 19.00h

«Quartet for a microphone» was presented more than 20 times both in Romania and in different international festivals abroad, among which the Dance Biennale in Charleroi, Belgium in November 2009.

«Quartet… is a «come and go» between fiction and reality, a game about the unrepeatability of existential acts. Every time they find themselves closed up between the four walls of the phone booth, the three dancers reenact a universe of all possibilities. Nothing is fixed; everything is improvisation, real-time composition. There is a constant tension of powers inside the booth, balancing genders, physical and spiritual force, degrees of endurance to the invading energy of the «look from beyond». A tension whose common denominator is the solidarity in confinement, a tension that goes beyond the glass walls, in the eyes of the viewer, condemned to non-intervention. And the sound slips by us, insidious like a snail…»
(Iulia Popovici, Ziua, June 2008)


VAVA ŞTEFĂNESCU is a choreographer and dancer, living and working in Romania. She is Artistic Director of CNDB. In 1994, she graduated from the Choreography Department of the National University of Drama and Film in Bucharest and in 2004 the MA in International Artistic Cooperation at Paris 8, UFR Arts. Her performances were presented on national and international stages (London, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Paris, Sofia, Polonia). Her most recent creations are SOLO ON-LINE, MIORITZA – choreographic installation, A HOT SUMMER ON IZA, QUARTET FOR A MICROPHONE. In 2000, she founded Multi-Art-Dans Centre (MAD), an independent institution for supporting choreographers and dancers and multidisciplinary artistic creation. Between 1994 and 2001, Vava Ştefănescu teaches contemporary dance at the Choreography High School in Bucharest and university assistant at the Choreography Department of the National University of Drama and Film in Bucharest. Currently she leads workshops of choreographic composition in the framework of festivals and creative residences.

JULIEN TRAMBOUZE, journalist for Radio France and sound artist, is the co-author, with Nathalie Rubens, of the sound piece Call Me and author of the sound piece for Gianina Cărbunariu’s installation, Multiplex. Between 2002 and 2006, he was the artistic manager of the Centrifuj workshop-gallery in Valence, France.

CARMEN COŢOFANĂ graduated from the Octavian Stroia Choreography Highschool and the Choreography Department of the National University of Drama and Film in Bucharest. She participated in workshops with Pal Frenak, Karine Saporta, Donna Uchizono, Mark Tompkins, Carol Brawn, David Zambrano, Vera Mantero, Xavier le Roy. She collaborated with choreographers Sorana Badea, Mihai Mihalcea, Valentina de Piante, Charles Lineham, Florin Fieroiu, Ioana Macarie, Cătălina Gubandru, Vava Ştefănescu, Eduard Gabia, Mădălina Dan, and theater directors Gianina Cărbunariu, Andreea Vălean, Alexandru Dabija, Radu Nica. Personal creations: BEINGS OF HANDS; TAKE FIVE; STEP FORWARD; FREE MESH; RECYCLE ME and co-author for FIRST STEPS, premiered at Explore Dance Festival (Bucharest), in October 2009.

MIHAELA DANCS (b.1974) graduated from the Dentistry College (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest) in 1999. Since 2004 she has taken 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 several choreographers: Allyson Green, Rui Catalao, Maria Baroncea & Eduard Gabia, Bernard Baumgarten, Vava Ştefănescu, Mădălina Dan. In 2006 she created and performed her first solo, REPROGRAMARE, part of Performing the Body project (Artlink), she works as co-author with Rui Catalao for COADA ŞORICELULUI (2007) and FOLLOW THAT SUMMER (2008). In October 2009, FOLLOW THAT SUMMER was be presented at The Balkan Dance Platform (Novi Sad). In March 2009 she presented her second solo, LULU’S ROOM, at Europe in Motion Festival (Bucharest), CNDB. She is with Carmen Coţofană the co-author of FIRST STEPS.

FARID FAIRUZ was born in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and a Jewish father. During his life he was marked by the troubling love story between his parents who lived clandestinely for 10 years always migrating between Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. After their tragic disappearance during the Beirut war he is adopted by two Bedouins who feed him camel milk and educate him according to their beliefs. Fairuz has a different behavior than the other children his age and he proves to be extremely sensitive. The destiny smiles upon him when, aged 11, he is adopted by a rich Jordanian family which treats his studies with great care. Thus Farid Fairuz ends up studying the music of Arab peoples, oriental dance, classic and contemporary dance, and then he creates performances and dances for a few years in Europe and United States of America being regarded as a curiosity.

@ The Center for Visual Introspection - 16, Biserica Enei street.