Coaching Project | Dance Film with Simona Deaconescu


Simona Deaconescu, choreographer and director, coordinated a one month laboratory introducing the practical and theoretical basis of dance film. The workshop is part of the I.D.M.P.A. (Innovatory Directions into Multimedia and Performing Arts ) initiative, being an integrated part of GROWASP, a program of professional formation in the field of Contemporary Performative Arts, launched by WASP this spring.  Part of the participants continued the series of encounters with Simona Deaconescu, being involved in an intensive coaching project organized within the ”Foreign Bodies” project, which had as result 13 short dance films.

Body and space were discussed, also the relationship between the movement of the camera and dance, the aesthetics, the artistic directions, perspective and angles. We viewed and analyzed dance films or shows adapted to film, looking for understanding the performative borders and the specifics of cinematography. We understood and discussed the differences between dance film categories, hoping that each participant would find his own way. During the extended meetings, each participant was guided to look within himself and about himself,  to find subjects that matter and affect him or her,  thoughts that are following him and emotions that can be hardly expressed with words.

The diversity of the group’s previous experiences had influenced the work direction, bringing up an urban atmosphere, sensibility, fragility, and the attention for detail and perspective. Having a background in: dance, film, photography, fine arts, acting, social sciences, and communication, the participants found common values that they shared, they helped each other during the filming exercises, they formed creation and feedback teams. They have been offered a bibliography, that they read with interest and a video library holding dance films from the circuit of festivals in this field, of the last years.

For a better understanding of this phenomenon, the choreographer Simona Deaconescu organized three Sundays of dance film screenings co-presented by festivals of this field around the world: San Francisco Dance Film Festival [22nd of March], Leeds International Screendance Competition [19th of  April] and Pool Internationale TanzFilm Platfform Berlin [26th of April].

The results of the workshop were presented Saturday, the 25th of April, at 18.30, screening a making of of some video materials realized during the workshop, and of some filming exercises realized choreographed and directed by the participants. In the end we had a free talk with the audience, the participants and the coordinator of the workshop.

The participants were: Corina Tatarau, Serban Manica, Razvan Bogza, Ioana Balanescu, Roxana Filipescu, Corina Sandru, Ionut Gighileanu, Carmen Lascoiu, Luana Genevive Florea, Ioana Manciu, Pawel Pelwinski, Daniela Sima, Oana Puscatu, Stefania Matei, Mircea Simil Popa, Antonela Millotte, Georgeta Corca, Alexandru Gheorghe

The workshop coordinator: Simona Deaconescu.


a dance film by Șerban Mănică, with Șerban Mănică, filmed by Alex Gheorghe.


a dance film by Alex Gheorghe, with Oana Pușcatu, filmed by Alex Gheorghe.


a dance film by Corina Tătărău, with Luana Genevieve Florea,

filmed by Ionuț Gighileanu.


a dance film by Ionuț Gighileanu, with Corina Tătărău, filmed by Ionuț Gighileanu.


a dance film by Ioana Bălănescu, with Ioana Bălănescu, filmed by Andrei Alb.


a dance film by Mircea Simil Popa, with Ioana Bălănescu, Mircea Simil Popa,

filmed by Andrei Alb.


a dance film by Anca Petrescu, with Anca Petrescu, filmed by Răzvan Bogză.


a dance film by Corina Șandru, with Daniela Sima, Roxana Filipescu,

Corina Șandru, filmed by Mihai Știrbu.


a dance film by Roxana Filipescu, with Georgeta Corca, filmed by Răzvan Bogză .


a dance film by Daniela Sima, with Șerban Mănică, Răzvan Bogză,

Pawel. D. Plewinski, Daniela Sima, filmed by Ionuț Gighileanu.


a dance film by Oana Pușcatu, with Oana Pușcatu, filmed by Alex Gheorghe.

NiDay Girl

a dancefilm by Carmen Lascoiu, with Anca Petrescu, filmed by Ionut Gighileanu,
editing & sound Cristian Georgescu.


a dance film by Luana Genevieve Florea, with Luana Genevieve Florea,
filmed by Corina Șandru, soundtrack: OutKast-”Pink & Blue”.

Activity organized within Foreign Bodies, a project financed through a  Grant offered by Norway, Island, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government, within the  program for Promoting the diversity in culture and art within the European Cultural Patrimony.