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Teodora Velescu and Lari Giorgescu’s "Special People" at Battery Dance Festival

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

We are excited to get back to Battery Dance Festival, our long-term partner and one of New York’s major choreographic events, with Special People, an exploratory performance conceived and performed by Teodora Velescu and Lari Giorgescu, two of Romania’s most accomplished dancers. A production of the Romanian National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC), in partnership with unteatru independent company and with the support of RCI New York, the show investigates how, in a hedonistic society, the consuming desire for material goods affects one’s body and mind. The poignant costumes made by designer Corina Boboc and the original soundtrack composed by Electric Brother, Adrian Nour, Adrian Piciorea, Daniel Stănciucu and performed by Aylin Cadir complement the expressive choreography to create a vivid picture of the absurdity of a purely materialistic life.

The show runs on August 14 & August 16 from 7 pm at Rockefeller Park – Battery Park City. Details about the festival, the full program, this year`s performers&shows, and access HERE.

Teodora Velescu is a Romanian performer and choreographer based in Bucharest. She specialised in classical dance at the Choreography High School “Floria Capsali.” She has since earned a Bachelor’s degree in Choreography as well as a Master’s degree in dance pedagogy. She works primarily in the field of contemporary dance. She worked with some of Romania’s most important cultural institutions, including the Bucharest National Theatre, the Bucharest National Opera, and the Comic Opera for Children, as well as independent companies such as Tangaj Collective, Vanner Collective, Linotip, and others. She has appeared in a number of prestigious national and international theatre and dance festivals. She signs choreography for theatre and film productions and teaches dance. Her love of movement and desire to unravel the mysteries of the human body drive her every interaction with dance. She collaborates with artists from a variety of disciplines to broaden her horizons. Her research and creation of dance is motivated by the connection between the two, particularly the transfer of ideas and tools.

Lari Giorgescu is a Romanian film and theatre actor. He was born on November 28, 1986 in Craiova, Romania. He graduated from University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in 2008. In 2011, he plays first role in the movie Urban Groove. Other notable roles in Insectar (2016), Portrete în pãdure (2017) and Cine a ucis Craciunul? (2017). Currently, he plays on the stage of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre in Bucharest. He is married with Corina Boboc.

Corina Boboc is a young designer who graduated from the Bucharest National University of Arts, Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design. She already gained some consistent experience in the field, working for the known designer and scenographer Doina Levintza. She also took her master degree in Scenography, at U.N.A.T.C. She worked as a costume designer for various projects at the Romanian National Opera, Excelsior Theatre, National Theatre Ploiesti, National Theatre Bucharest (9g Project) and also for movies. Starting with her first collection, RAYA, then with NERYA (FW2017), CELEBRATE LOVE (SS17), SHEA (FW18), JELLYFISH ON PLUTO (Summer 2018), Corina focused on creating clothes that have easy acces to the posibility of the best version of you and on to use natural fabrics that soothe you and protect you. Feminity will always be her choice.




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