Cosmin Manolescu


Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania)[http://www.gabrielatudor.ro/site/en.html]
Exective Director/Curator/Choreographer
Residency Period: from 18 March, 2012 to 29 April, 2012

■Research Outline

Research Theme Moving. East: an international exchange project for dance between Romania and Japan
Brief Description of the Research To explore the Japanese contemporary arts scene, its background, current situation and trends. The main goal of the visit is to establish links between dance communities in Romania, East Europe and Japan.


18 March, 2012 Arrives in Japan
19 March, 2012 to 28 April, 2012 – Interviewing artists and arts administrators in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kita-Kyushu
– Attending performances in Tokyo and Yokohama
27 March, 2012 Public talk at Morishita Studio
17-19 April, 2012 – Moving. East: Open Creative Space (discussion) at Morishita Studio
– Emotional Body: Dance Workshop at Morishita Studio
29 April, 2012 Return to home

■Public Talk

Date 27 March, 2012
Time 18:30-21:30
Place Studio S, Morishita Studio

Cosmin Manolescu gave an insight into the current situation and development of the contemporary dance in Romania with video excerpts from several choreographers’ work, as well as dance structures and projects made in Bucharest, and aimed to give a comprehensive image of the Romanian contemporary dance. The presentation included the brief description of the Balkan Dance Platform – an itinerant regional dance platform co-founded by Cosmin Manolescu in 2001 and the European mobility and exchange project “E-Motional Bodies & Cities 2011 – 2013” initiated and organised by Gabriela Tudor Foundation in partnership with dance organisations from Cyrpus, Latvia, Ireland, UK and Turkey.

Cosmin Manolescu
Born 22 April, 1970 in Romania

COSMIN MANOLESCU is a choreographer, curator, performer and executive director of the Gabriela Tudor Foundation based in Bucharest (Romania). Since 1997 he has been involved in the development of contemporary dance in Romania and in the Balkan region. He played an important role in the creation of National Dance Centre in Bucharest. In the last 13 years he (co-)produced over 100 dance projects such as performances, tours, festivals, platforms, workshops, roundtables, residencies in Romania and abroad. He is co-founder of Balkan Dance Platform, a regional initiative taking place every two years in a different Balkan country (next edition in 2013 in Istanbul). Between 1997-2007 he organised in Romania several festivals “Festival of Portuguese Dance” (1997), “British Dance Edition” (1998), “BucharEast.West international dance festival” (2001, 2003) and Sibiu Dans 2007. He initiated and co-organised several European training and research dance projects in Bucharest such as Movements on the Edge (2001, 2002), Terrains Fertiles (2005), Migrant Body (2006-2007). In 2010, he initiated and facilitated Moving Dialogue, a Romanian – American dance exchange that took place in New York and Bucharest. In September 2010 he curated “Moving Romania”, a Romanian small scale festival co-organised together with Ciprian Marinescu and TanzFabrik Potsdam and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin (September 2011, Potsdam). Together with Stefania Ferchedau he launched in 2011 the two-year European mobility and exchange program “E-Motional Bodies & Cities”, offering residencies, mobility grants, fellowships for dance managers and artistic research in Romania, Cyprus, Latvia, Ireland, UK and Turkey. He is the artistic director of Serial Paradise Company that regularly produces and presents dance performances involving both Romanian and foreign artists. Serial Paradiseʼs productions focus on cross-cultural exchange, experiment and artistic innovation, leading to performances that challenge the audience. In 2011 he received a fellowship from The Saison Foundation Tokyo to make a research on the Japanese contemporary dance scene with the aim to start an international dance exchange project between Romania and Japan.

The Japan Foundation / Performing Arts Network Japan Presenter Interview


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