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First edition of Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival starts on 15th of December 2018!

4Culture Association, in partnership with WASP Studios, launches the first edition of Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival, which will take place from 15th till 19th of December at WASP Working Art Space and Production and Galateca Gallery in Bucharest.

„The increasing of the social dynamics, as a result of people’s mobility and the new urban contemporary communities, brings also a lack of knowledge about what our cities can offer, their history and potential for every citizen or tourist. During the first edition of Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival, artists from Romania, Germany, USA and Belgium are invited to bring a contemporary view on urban space, starting with the cultural heritage – monuments, statues, parks, public gardens, through an artistic approach, including performances, installations and workshops”, declares Andreea Capitanescu, 4Culture artistic director.The festival will start on 15th and 16th of December at 19:00, with Duet-C Eliade, a participative performance in which the belgian artists Roel Heremans creates choreographic mental experiences using abstracts properties of the medium radio. He uses location-specific, architectural patterns to create temporary spaces in which sound stimulates thought processes and changes visual perception. Heremans examines how a system of collective thinking relates to the specific place in which that system is located. For Bucharest Art and Public Space, Roel delved into the late philosophical works of Mircea Eliade and developed an interactive imagining choreography that deals with Eliade’s idea of cyclical time. During the festival you will be able to experience his participatory-performative work for 2 up to 8 people at a time.

In Body and architecture in the urban space, the video-sound installation signed by Maria Balabaș and Andreea Căpitănescu, the city is highlighted through the sonorous presence of the body-object, a critical observer of the events and passing time.
Voices from the archive of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation, published by Casa Radio is a performative sound installation, in which Maria Balabaș searched a narrative thread through texts and vocal timbres, for a common element – a phrase, a verse or a memory. The sound performance was born from all those meetings put together: Ana Blandiana, Eugen Ionesco, Nina Cassian, George Coșbuc, George Bacovia, Alexandru Phillipide, Henriete Yvonne Stahl, Ion Caraion, Maria Banuș, Mariana Marin, Șerban Foarță, Mihail Sadoveanu etc etc. In a moment when we don’t know whom to consider a moral and artistic landmark, this incursion in the sonorous archive of the national radio, functions as well as a remembering process, identity reconstruction and inspiration.

On Monday, 17th of December, at Galateca Gallery, Michael Douglas Kollectiv & Dana Caspersen invites participants to join a new kind of public interaction to examine the question: How do we as individuals impact the level of violence in the world? During The Exchange performance, participants move through a terrain of action that is brought to life by their motion and is shaped by their experience and beliefs. The performance utilize simple physical actions, such as walking, gesturing, and physical imagination as tools of exchange for engaging in this collective examination.

The Romanian artist Sergiu Matiș, who lives and performs in Berlin, will present on 18th of December at WASP Working Art Space and Production, the solo performance Nocturne for broken vocal cords. Nocturne for broken vocal cords is part of Sergiu Matis’s Noise Nocturnes, a series of performances and texts that revisit the romantic genre in its fascination for the night and darkness, imitating nature of recycled texts spoken at high speed or shouted, constitute the dense score of the nocturne. Choreographic tools applied to movement and voice make navigation possible through the overload of glitches and fragmented moves and sounds, by supporting chaos with coherence.

In Listening to Sculptures, the photo-video installation, presented on 19th of December starting 7:30 p.m., at WASP – Working Art Space and Production, Călin Dan and Iosif Király (subREAL) are acting like two reporters armed with microphones, headsets and a recording camera, who interrogates figurative public forum monuments. The performative dimension of the entire Interviewing the Cities project is exaggerated through this series, which poses in a critical light both the public forum sculpture, and the mass-media standing in the contemporary culture. At WASP, SubREAL will bring to attention the process of starting the project, presenting different work steps alongside with pieces that became iconic through years, but also some making off images, documenting photography of the photographic process.
The project 2565 main [Relative Position], produced by 4Culture and WASP Studios is a collaboration between the visual artist Ciprian Ciuclea and the composer Cătălin Crețu, designed as a multimedial space with 3 combined video projections and the sound generated by a mathematical algorithm. The installation will be presented at WASP, on Wednesday, 19th of December, starting 7:30 p.m.
During the festival, there will be presented a series of multimedia installations produced by 4Culture Association and WASP Studios in 2018, and also a contemporary design workshop coordinated by Simana Filat, designer, recently awarded by the Union of Fine Artists in Romania. The workshop is dedicated to high-school students and will take place in the artist’s studio.
Free access at all the festival’s events.
Venue addresses:
WASP – Working Art Space and Production – 67-93 Ion Minulescu Street, district 3, Bucharest
GALATECA Galerry – 2 – 4 C. A. Rosetti Street, district 1, Bucharest***
Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival Program
15.12.2018, WASP – Working Art Space and Production

19:00 – 20:30
▪ Duet C – Eliade // Roel Heremans (BE)
performance
▪ Body and architecture in the urban space // Maria Balabaș, Andreea Căpitănescu (RO)
live sound performance sonor live with Maria Balabaș, video-sound installations16.12.2018, WASP – Working Art Space and Production
19:00 – 20:30
▪ Duet C – Eliade // Roel Heremans (BE)
performance
▪ Body and architecture in the urban space // Maria Balabaș, Andreea Căpitănescu (RO)
video-sound installations

17.12.2018, Galateca Gallery
20:00 – 21:00
▪ The Exchange // M & D Kollectiv & Dana Caspersen (DE/USA)
performance18.12.2018, Simina FILAT Design Studio
15:00 – 17:00
▪ Contemporary design workshop with Simina Filat for high-school students19:30, WASP – Working Art Space and Production
▪ Nocturne for broken vocal cords // Sergiu Matiș (RO/DE)
performance
▪ Multimedia installations – 4Culture & WASP Studios productions

19.12.2018, WASP – Working Art Space and Production
19:30 – 21:00

▪ Listening to Sculptures // subREAL (Călin Dan and Iosif Király)
photo-video installation
▪ 2565 main [Relative Position] // Ciprian Ciuclea and Cătălin Crețu
▪ Multimedia installations – 4Culture & WASP Studios productions***Event organized in the frame of „Bucharest Arts and Public Space”.
A cultural project financed by the Municipality of Bucharest, through The Administration of Monuments and Touristic Heritage.

Producer: 4Culture Association
Co-producer: WASP Studios
Partners: The Order of Architects in Romania – Bucharest Branch, National Heritage Institute, Galateca Gallery
Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Arta Magazine, Feeder
www.waspmagazine.com
Ivana Muller performance 2_photo credit Sanne Peper

We Are Still Watching, created by Ivana Müller, is played for the first time in Romania, within eXplore festival #13

Ivana Muller performance 4_photo  Ian Douglas

eXplore festival – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival presents on Saturday, October 20, 2018, the play We Are Still Watching, created by Ivana Müller in collaboration with the choreographer Andrea Bozic, artist and theatre director David Weber-Krebs and the dramatist Jonas Rutgeerts. The play has the form of a “reading rehearsal” in which spectators encounter each other while reading a script together. During approximately an hour spent in the company of each other, they create and perform a community, making decisions individually and collectively while «simply» reading a text that someone else has written for them.

We Are Still Watching is a piece in which the idea of “spectacle” slowly shifts to where the public least expects it. Something that for a moment could look like a bad theatre play becomes an invitation to look beyond what is being scripted and leaves place for something “real” to happen.

Strongly acclaimed, the play has been played in many countries so far

An article published in Libération in 2014 mentioned that «the excellent ‘We Are Still Watching’ is an exception to the rule. (…) Let’s pass on the finesse of the writing (it requires quite some talent to imagine the reactions of the different spectator profiles when facing such a dilemma), it’s the device itself of this smart and self-reflective piece that surprises by its evocative power».

Asked later by Wilson Le Personnic, the editor-in-chief of Maculture.fr, about the liberating feeling and at the same time the difficulty of working without actors, because no rehearsals can be made during the creative process, Ivana declared in 2015: «during the period of writing, the four of us were anticipating and “incarnating” different voices that started to be formulated in the script. Those imaginary persons were sometimes based on people we knew, both personally or culturally, and they helped us to constitute a sense of “characters” in some cases. One of the most complicated, but also the most exciting, elements of the script is that we never know who will read which role. This decision is made either by chance either by the choice of spectators. So, there is no type casting possible here. We don’t know if the reader will be a man or a woman, a native speaker or a foreigner, a young person or an elderly spectator, person that everybody recognizes or a totally anonymous person».

Played in several countries, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Italy, the United States, and now Romania, the play is really different every time, depending on each performance. Furthormore, the artist points out in the same interview that «any piece performed in different context brings different reactions of the audience. Even performed on a different night in the same theatre a piece can have a totally different reception. That condition is inherent in how live-art (and probably any art) works. But maybe with this piece the difference is more visible because the reactions are visible both in how the piece is performed and how it is watched. I work on the piece for every new performing occasion, taking the specificity of the socio-cultural context into account. We also always translate and adapt the piece in the language of the community that performs it. This transfer into a new language already brings a lot of changes. It is very flagrant that different cultures have a different relationship to the idea of “speaking in public” and also to the idea of how to “perform” theatre. [...] Weather a performer or a spectator you have to be physically invested to be a part of it, you have to be present. This fabulous condition gives us a space for experimentation, curiosity and engagement.”

Known to the Romanian public due to her presence at the eXplore festival in Bucharest with the show “While We Were Holding It Together”, Ivana Müller is one of the most powerful voices on the European stage of contemporary dance and performance.

Her play, We Are Still Watching, translated in Romanian by The Dutch House, marks the end of this year’s edition of the festival, being scheduled to take place on October 20, at 19:00 and 21:00, at WASP Working Art Space and Production.

Based on an increased degree of interactivity, it challenges the participants to become the protagonists of the work themselves and to experience theatrical art in a much more personal manner through direct engagement. Here are two testimonials of those who took part in the show in other parts of the world:

https://www.portlandmercury.com/TBA/archives/2013/09/22/ivana-mllers-we-are-still-watching-who-needs-actors

https://www.culturebot.org/2014/10/22288/we-are-still-watching-the-author-the-text-and-asking-for-directions/

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Dear Listeners dialogue – conference, conducted by the artists Wanda Mihuleac (Paris) and Marilena Preda Sanc (Bucharest)

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eXplore festival #13 – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival invites the public to Dear Listeners dialogue – conference, conducted by the artists Wanda Mihuleac and Marilena Preda Sanc on October 17, 2018, starting 8 pm, at the National Museum of Romanian Literature. The debate intends to find aswers to a key-question: ”Were there an existing alternative art current and events taking place in unconventional spaces in Romania, before 1989?”, and present a parallel between the collective character of discrete and marginal artistic actions in Romania during 1974 – 1990 and what has happened in France in the last 20 years. Through the generated dialogue, the portrait of the artist is outlined according to the roles he or she can perform: the artist – creator of events versus the curator artist, the conceptual artist versus the contextual artist, the artist in public space versus the isolated artist.

The conference is part of the NETCAST – Bucharest / Paris project, an international program aimed at connecting communities and artists from different cities in Romania and Europe through various artistic media. At an extended level, the program explores innovative technological solutions in relation to the creative ability to produce and present installations and live performance, while the activities within it emphasize four key concepts: dialogue, listening, exploration, assimilation.

Wanda Mihuleac is a Romanian visual artist, painter, engraver and editor, established in Paris. Drawing from a young age, she studied at the National Arts University of Bucharest (1964-1970) and Paris (Pantheon-Sorbonne, 1993-1994). In 1988 she received a scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture at Cité Internationale des Arts. She has won numerous awards at international biennials and awards both in Romania and in France. Since 1973, Wanda Mihuleac has realized 28 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including Paris, Marseilles, Bucharest, Timisoara, Athens, Geneva, Rome, Milan, Tokyo and New York. In 1996, she created TranSignum, a publishing house that publishes limited editions and collection books, accompanied by engravings, photos and original works.

Marilena Preda Sanc is an interdisciplinary artist, Professor at National University of Arts in Bucharest. From 1980 her work has been presented internationally at museums, festivals, conferences, symposiums, broadcast venues and galleries. Integrating the traditional forms of art and the new media arts, her art works visualize and investigate the body/mind/soul/behavior in relation to nature and social/political and representational space. Her art work explores the feminism problematic as gender/ageism and the woman as a leader in an eco-feminism key.

Producers: WASP Studios and 4Culture Association

Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN)
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Partners: Cabaret de la Performance (Paris), National University of Arts Bucharest, the Bucharest City Hall through the National Museum of Romanian Literature.

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder

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Performance video installation // Ergonomica

Ergonomica – dance and architecture in the urban space // Performance video installation

4Culture and WASP Working Art Space and Production presents on 14th Novmber at WASP Working Art Space and Production -
Ergonomica.
Program
20:00 – 21:30

■ Performance video installation ■ public interventions from Iasi and Bucharest ■ concept: Andreea Capitanescu, Arh. Ivanescu Emil, photo/video: Claudiu Cobilanschi, sound art: Maria Balabas, performers: Eliza Trefas, Vlad Benescu, Gabriela Iacob, Elena Copuzeanu, Malina Moncea, Mihai Florea, Larissa Danilov, Adina Diana Panainte, Andreea Capitanescu.

■ Performers: Elisabeta Trefas, Vlad Benescu, Elena Copuzeanu
Free entrance
Ergonomica – dance and architecture in the urban space, proposes an interdisciplinary approach, based on creativity, in order to bring together the dance and the architecture in a process of reconstruction / reproduction and urban regeneration through body and movement.

Ergonomica is a cultural program produced by 4Culture, in co-production with WASP Studios.

A cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration AFCN.

The project does not necessarily represent the National Cultural Fund Administrationțs point of view. AFCN cannot be held responsible for the contents of the project or for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. These are entirely the authors’ responsibility.

A cultural project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture.

This project is financed in the frame of the Cultural Program “Bucharest Participatory City” by the Bucharest County Hall through the Cultural Center of Bucharest – ARCUB.

Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Zeppelin, PostModernism Museum.

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Klein Technique | Hanna Hegenscheidt

The purpose of Klein Technique™ is education, not on the superficial level of mimicking form, but on a profoundly deep level of understanding the full use of the body as an integral whole to maximize full function of each individual’s unique movement potential.

Klein Technique™ is Susan Klein’s personal struggle and education, both physically and intellectual, as a result of a serious knee injury developed as a dancer at 19.

„Klein Technique™ is a process through which the body is analyzed and understood to improve and to further movement potential. It is intellectual in that it uses anatomical realities. It is corporeal in that we strive for an internal knowing, an understanding which is integrated into the body. It is a movement education and re-education, that can be an underpinning for all movement styles, improvisations, athletics, and for the general health of the body in everyday movement. It is a technique that honors the individual. Klein Technique™ works at the level of the bones, to align the bones using the muscles of deep postural support: the psoas, the hamstrings, the external rotators, and the pelvic floor. We don’t work to exercise these muscles but rather to wake them up, to become conscious of their role in the support and movement of the body. We work for the body to become elastic, responsive, and open to choices and expression. Although Klein Technique™ was developed by a dancer for dancers, it is a technique that works for everybody, from the virtuosic dancer to the non-dancer. When the bones are aligned we become connected, we become powerful and we become strong. The body becomes efficient and alive, and injuries often heal.” ©2007 Susan T. Klein

Klein Technique™ has been taught for more than thirty years in numerous countries. Among the hundreds of Klein Technique™ students are the most well-known members of the dance community including Trisha Brown, Stephen Petronio, Bebe Miller, Wally Cardona, Jeremy Nelson, Sasha Waltz and members of their companies. Those who have followed the precepts of Klein Technique™ have gained a confidence and completeness that serves to underpin their work whether as a dancer, an athlete, or as a non-dancer interested in improving their everyday function and health.

*the above text is selected from the official sites of Klein Technique™ and Hanna Hegenscheidt.

Hanna Hegenscheidt | BIO

Hanna Hegenscheidt is a choreographer and teacher, based in Berlin. She studied dance, Klein Technique™ (with Susan Klein and Barbara Mahler) and Laban-Movement-Analysis (CMA) in Hamburg and New York. She teaches Klein Technique™, dance and choreography (Susan Klein School of Dance, N.Y., HZT Berlin, HfM Cologne, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Meg Stuart, Studio LaborGras, K3 Tanzplan Hamburg, Dance theater of Ljubljana/Slovenia, and Toronto Dance Theater, among others). In April 2011 she opened the studio 142 in Berlin-Kreuzberg, where she offers open classes on a regular basis. Currently she is enrolled in the Master program for Choreography at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool foor de Kunsten.

As a performer she has worked with Gina Gibney Dance, Robert Wilson, Lise Brenner, Michael Simon, Gitta Barthel, Reinhild Hoffmann, Michaela Fünfhausen, David Weber-Krebs, Achim Freyer, Martin Clausen/Two Fish among others. 2008/09/10 she was choreographic assistant to Achim Freyer in Wagner´s Ring Cycle at Los Angeles Opera.

In 2004 Hanna Hegenscheidt began to create her own work in collaboration with dancers and actors from New York and Berlin. She has been presented at the Sophiensaele, Radialsystem, Uferstudios, Tanztage Berlin, Yorkshire Dance Festival, fabrik potsdam, Kampnagel Hamburg, Schwankhalle Bremen, Frankfurt Book Fair, Freshtracks DTW/N.Y., West End Theater/N.Y., Villa Warschau and others. In 2012 she directed Shock-Headed Peter at the MOKS-Theater Bremen. Hanna Hegenscheidt´s work with children and young adults involves projects with immigrant teenagers for the City Theater Münster and the Cactus Theater Münster and with the TanzZeit-Youth-Company Evoke. She is also part of TanzZeit-Time for Dance in Schools, where she co-founded the Kindercompany Radialsystem together with Livia Patrizi and Sasha Waltz and co-directed the TanzZeit-Nucleo Kücüc Kids Company2011/2012.

More information about Hanna Hegenscheidt : http://www.hannahegenscheidt.de

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