"Fragments of City" on the RCI Digital Stage
A dance performance by Cosmin Manolescu for International Dance Day 2021
Still kept away from the performance spaces by the pandemic, we are joining the network of international creators and dancers who, in celebration of International Dance Day 2021, are engaging in a worldwide digital effort to flatten the curve of the virus and to elevate the consciousness concerning the art of dance. We are content to meet this special day with the world premiere of “Fragments of City”, a dance performance by Cosmin Manolescu, one of Romania’s most accomplished choreographers and an indefatigable cultural entrepreneur.
The digital show investigates the effects of the Covid pandemic on the human body and on contemporary Bucharest, highlighting an unlikely parallel between the living organism and the urban tissue, both transformed by the crisis. Through his hypnotic decomposition of the movement of the two bodies, human and urban, both fragmented by the pandemic, Manolescu invites the audience to an intensive personal re-evaluation, bringing back emotions that have been almost annihilated.
FRAGMENTS OF CITY
Choreographed, filmed and performed by Cosmin Manolescu
Soundscape by Lala Misosniky
A Serial Paradise production in collaboration with AREAL | space for choreographic development and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York ( April 2021)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Cosmin Manolescu is an artist, community builder and curator, independent cultural expert and artistic director of Serial Paradise Company/ Gabriela Tudor Foundation based in Bucharest (Romania). He is currently interested in cross-border cultural exchange, experiments and artistic innovation, leading a series of international projects taking place
across world, teaching and coaching young people and artists across borders and creating projects that challenge the audience in Romania and beyond.
He made his debut as a choreographer part of the Marginalii Group. His works and projects were successfully presented in important festivals and venues such as Lyon Dance Biennale, Festival de la Nouvelle Danse d’Uzes, Dance Theater Workshop New York, PS 122 New Tork, Sushi Theatre San Diego, Enzimi Rome Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles Paris, Morishita Studio Tokyo, Beirut Street Festival, Dansstationen Malmo, Brakke Grond Amsterdam, BananneFabrik/Choregraphic Dance Centre in Luxembourg, Time to Dance festival Riga, Seattle International Dance Festival etc.
His recent artistic projects include Dans-Wanderer , a tree-artistic project for urban and nature landscape. In January 2019 Cosmin Manolescu launched Emotional Europe, a new multi- layered exchange project about youth, power of civic engagement in Europe part of the Next Generation, Please! programme of BOZAR in Brussels in collaboration with Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels.
For his contribution to the development of contemporary dance in Romania and support of
the independent cultural scene he received the Award of the Soros Center for Contemporary
Art (1998), the excellency award of the National Dance Centre Bucharest (2014) and the
award for 20 years of cultural resistance offered in 2017 by the Administration of the
National Cultural Fund. In 2019 Cosmin Manolescu produced a research paper and survey –
The Romanian contemporary dance scene – an overview from the ecology of the culture
perspective by experts Raluca Iacob & Ștefania Ferchedău.
Since 2018 he is currently organising an annual Gabriela Tudor residency program in
Portugal and Bucharest. Currently, Cosmin Manolescu is the initiator and co-founder of the
AREAL collective, who opened in March 2021 a new space for choreographic development
Lala Misosniky is an actress, performer and sound artist. She graduated in performing arts at UNATC, in 2008. She collaborated with teams from the independent art scene as well Tanga Project, Rahova Non-Stop. In 2009 she founded a Project House space, in the private space, on Armoniei street, no. 18 and performed in the" Swimming pool without water" by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Miruna Dinu. In 2016 she released a series of 1 to 1 performances, starting from the history of the Project House of Harmony. Also in 2018, he co-founded the CEARCĂNE group together with Ana-Maria Irimia and Alina Uşurelu. She began working on a series of jam-sessions, soundscape and artistic research experimental type in the environments: sound, text construction, visual and movement. From 2020 collaborates with the choreographer Cosmin Manolescu for the show #partyallinclusive and for a series of digital projects.