OPEN CALL: workshop and audition with Eszter Salamon in Bucharest

WASP Studios launches the first open call of this year and has the pleasure to invite Romanian professional female artists to participate to the workshop coordinated by the choreographer Eszter Salamon.

The workshop will take place between 11 and 16th of February 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm at WASP Working Art Space and it is dedicated to the professional female artists in the contemporary or classical dance field, with good physical technique, experience in using their voices or open to work on voice.

Four artists, will be selected after the workshop to participate on the last performance produced by Eszter Salamon – MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations. The production will be developed during 2019 with rehearsals in Bucharest and Brussels, followed by world premiere in Brussels and an international tour.

Manifestations is a dance and choral performance built on the “embodiment” of documentary images and sound, as a concept and as a practice. Enlisting the collaboration of historians of Feminist History as well as four female performers, the work aims to reactivate gestures that could be witnessed as part of public demonstrations in the context of historic women’s movements.

Technologies for embodying movement will be developed in collaboration with the artists. The vocal score and techniques of modulating sound will be developed with the help a vocal/singing coach.

An opportunity for different ages of professional women artists in the field of contemporary and classical dance, open for body and vocal experiments, available to participate for a new international production.

For subscriptions please send a biography and a work portfolio, in English and Romanian to, until 6th of February 2019.

The confirmation for participation will be sent until 8th of February. The workshop has free admission.

Eszter Salamon is a choreographer, dancer and performer who lives and works in Berlin. Since 2001, she has been creating solo and group works that have been presented in performing arts venues and festivals throughout the world including Centre Pompidou, Avignon Festival, Ruhrtriennale, The Kitchen New York, HAU Berlin, Berlin Documentary Forum, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Kaaitheater Brussels, Festival dʼAutomne Paris, Tanzquartier Wien, Holland Festival, Kampnagel Hamburg, steirischer herbst graz, Dance Triennale Tokyo a.o.
She is frequently invited to present her work in museums, including MoMa, Witte de With, and Fondation Cartier.

The workshop is organized in the frame on Manifestation project, produced by WASP Studios and 4Culture Association.

Cultural project co-funded 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.


OPEN CALL for a danceWEB scholarship Programme at ImPulsTanz Vienna 2019!

4Culture, co-organizer in the European Life Long Burning project, offers a full danceWEB Scholarship to a Romanian artist in the field of contemporary dance and performance.
The danceWEB Scholarship Programme is taking place from 10 July to 14 August 2019 in the frame of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.
Deadline for applications is 22.02.2019.
Application conditions:
+ CV
+ artistic picture
+ portrait picture
+ filled in application pdf form (please fill it in with adobe reader version 8 or higher and respect the character limitations in the boxes)All documents need to be in English!
The mentors of the danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2019 are Anne Juren & Annie Dorsen in dialogue with Mette Ingvartsen.
The danceWEB program offers young professional dancers and choreographers from mainly European but also non-European countries the possibility to take part in an intense multinational further training program. The program focuses on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, not limited by national borders, on concentrated further training, on meeting with internationally renowned artists gathering at ImPulsTanz with the aim to orient the career of the participants.
Life Long Burning (LLB) – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe is a multi-annual cooperation project supported by the EU Creative Europe Program for 4 years (1.07.2018 – 30.06.2022) and implemented by eleven organizations.
In addition to the coordinator of the danceWEB / AT, it comprises of dance houses, festivals, choreographic centres and networks as well as production houses: 4Culture / RO, Brain Store Project / BG, ICI-Center chorégraphique national de Montpellier / FR, NDA Slovenia / SI, STUK / BE, Tala Dance Center / HR, Uferstudios / DE, Veem House for Performance / NL, Workshop Foundation / HU, MDT Stockholm / SE
4Culture’s activies in Life Long Burning Project in 2019 are co-funded 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.

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)
▪ 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)
▪ 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)
▪ 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
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, 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:


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


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


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 -
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.