Conference - Dancing from Burnout towards Well-being (I)

Dancing from Burnout towards Equity (I) moderated by Cosmin Manolescu, AREAL (RO)

Art & well-being by Rarița Zbranca, Cluj Cultural Center (RO) 

Rarița Zbranca has extensive experience in arts management, curating, cultural research and advocacy. She is the Programme Director of the Cluj Cultural Centre, where she initiated, among others, the Inner Space programme, an international cross-sector initiative on arts and well-being, including an annual conference, pilot interventions, research projects and policy proposals on the topics of art, health and well-being. She contributed to the CultureForHealth report and coordinated the development of the cultural strategy of the city of Cluj (2006-2012, 2013-2020, 2020-2030). She is a co-founder of the AltArt Foundation, an organization dedicated to experimental approaches in art, technology and society and a co-founder of the Paintbrush Factory/Fabrica de Pensule, a collective space for contemporary arts operating in Cluj between 2008 and 2020.

Burn out? How responsible are cultural organizations and what can we do in our daily work? by Paulina Maloy, Wroclaw Institute of Culture (PL)

Paulina Maloy – graduated from international relations at Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun (PL). After studies lived and worked for international organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, later in Berlin. Since 2008 was a program director at Edith Stein House in Wrocław – Center for Intercultural Dialogue; since 2015 involved in preparation and implementation of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016. She coordinated international projects for artists and cultural operators, mainly mobility grants and AIR WRO residency program (initiated 2014). Since 2022 AIR WRO has been a partner of Magic Carpets European Platform. She likes gardens, gardening and train journeys.

Why, how and when burnout arrives in our dance field by Laurent Meheust, Le Gymnase (FR) 

A philosopher by training, Laurent Meheust got involved very early in the world of culture and specialized in supporting artists for the theater and contemporary music at first, before devoting himself fully to dance. In 2008, he took part in the project of KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille / France), working to establish its status in local, national and international professional networks; He developed the artistic residencies and the programme of the annual festivals. He joined the Board of directors of EDN / European Dancehouse Network in 2018, was the President in charge between 2019 and 2022, and became Co-President in 2022. The same year he was appointed director of Le Gymnase CDCN (Roubaix / France), and developed an international project connecting to the residencies program and the 2 annual festivals - Forever Young and Le Grand Bain - in different cities and theaters in les Hauts-de-France.

12:30 – 13.30 | Several points of view, some laughter and then rest 

Workshop & discussion about burnout in dance with performative actions 

led by Andreea Novac, Alina Ușurelu, Irina Marinescu, Developing Art Association (RO) 

2022 marked the year when the three artists from Developing Art decided they wanted to do an artistic research on a thing that seemed to never really go away: burnout. Alina Ușurelu, Irina Marinescu și Andreea Novac each did a specific research, the findings of which they will share with you on this occasion. The three artists will guide you through a mix of theoretical and performing techniques that make use of dialogue, physicality and effort, energy and humor. The highlights of this experience stem from personal experiences and collective reflections. 

 15.00 - 16.00 | Moving Inner Stories

Photo-movement workshop experience by Ema Alexandrescu & LUMENESC (RO)

Moving Inner Stories is an interweaving of creative therapeutic practices (conscious movement and photography), designed to guide us in a deep understanding of the inner mosaic we contain and how it shapes the reality we experience. We take a journey through movement, presence and feeling to explore the complexities of our stories. By building a bridge of communication between the seen and unseen worlds, we discover gentle and conscious movements that support self-knowledge without self-judgment. 

Event dedicated to those registered for the Dancing from Burnout towards Equity Conference.


This project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023" and is funded by the City of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.

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