Coaching Project#1 | Dance Film with Simona Deaconescu

Coaching Project#1 | 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, an integrated part of GROWASP, a programme of professional training 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 organized within the ”Foreign Bodies” project, which had as result 13 short dance films.

Body and space were discussed and also the relationship between the movement of the camera and dance, the aesthetics, the artistic directions, perspective and angles. They viewed and analyzed dance films or shows adapted to film, looking for understanding the performative borders and the specifics of cinematography. They 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 international festivals 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 dance film festivals 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’ with some video materials realized during the workshop and some filming exercises realized choreographed and directed by the participants. In the end they 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.

Organised in the frame of ”Foreign Bodies”, a project supported by a grant from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government, in the frame of the ”Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage” Programme developed with the support of EEA Grants and Romanian Government.