Body of Grace, Valentina de Piante Niculae


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Coordinator: Valentina De Piante Niculae
Choreography and research: Valentina De Piante Niculae, Valentina Dal Mas
Written recordings:  Brailleway
Sound recordings: Christian Marchi
Piano: Silvia Ioana Niculae
Production: Asociația 4 Culture, WASP – Working Art Space & Production, Jardin d’Europe
With the support of: Istituto Italiano di Cultura “ Vitto Grasso”- Bucuresti , C32- Forte Marghera, Avenal ADS-Cervignano del Friuli

The project was born from a perspective of research on trespassing between body, image and sound. It’s a study of time: on memory and timelessness of processes which, although old, can re-emerge in the present. It is also a study on space and on the matter of memory: on the crossing of corporeal, auditory and imaginary experiences and densities which the body has known.

“I like the beat of light, the vital breath of the wind-soul and then also the nothingness, the moments when everything disappears, invisibility of the thing, which then attracts attention again to tell us at an even deeper level, what can not be seen except with the soul.”

Valentina de Piante Niculae is a choreographer and dancer and a PhD in performing arts. She is an assistant professor in the Choreography department in the U.N.A.T.C. “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. As a choreographer, she is studying the co-presence of the different intelligences of the body, a path from biological to imaginary, integrating different levels of conscience: emotional, sensorial, cognitive.

She has participated in courses and workshops with Lola Keraly, Yasuko Yokoshi, D.D. Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Ori Flomin, Gwen Welliver, Serenella Fonzar, Laura Aris, Odette Guimond, Mark Tompkins, Lisa Nelson, David Zambrano, Inge Kaindlstorfer, Yvan Wolf, Joseph Nadj, Anouk Van Dijk, Abbondanza-Bertoni, Roberto Galvan, among others.

She is a guest professor in various universities and research institutions. In 2009, she participated in the TTT – Teaching the Teachers seminary in Bucharest, alongside Jan Ritsema, Bojana Cvejic, Jan Kopp and Jennifer Lacey. From the autumn of 2013, she started training courses in the Feldenkrais Method, at the Feldenkrais Institute – Milano 8 in order to become a practitioner of this method.

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