Equity in Romanian dance scene

Romanian dance networking event co-organised with the National Dance Center in Bucharest

only for Romanian participants, Romanian language

How can we make sense of a discussion about equity in contemporary dance in Romania, a country where the field is struggling for survival, where most artists have the dual role of creator - producer, and spaces dedicated to contemporary dance are mainly supported by the constant efforts of the artists?

What are the actions that we can take at the national community level to create effective systems of support, practice sharing and cross-promotion? What can we learn from international organizations and their operating systems, through a gaze that looks beyond the major incongruities between their position in national systems radically different in terms of development compared to those in Romania? How can we professionally place ourselves in an organic network that supports the individuals and organizations that build up the ecosystem of this artistic sector?

How can we move beyond competition and organic alliances, into a uniform and integrative logic of cooperation that can give a boost to the contemporary dance scene beyond the limit of survival and beyond the threshold of invisibility in mainstream environments? How can we translate to a national level the initiatives of education and cultural intervention, which we carry out punctually as organizations, within the various initiated projects that address vulnerable groups, disadvantaged areas, hospitals, schools, etc.?

These are the key questions proposed by Alexandra Bălășoiu which, along with the recent experiences of the National Dance Center of Bucharest in their attempts to coagulate the contemporary dance sector, will guide a collaborative experiential format of meeting and dialogue between artists, producers and professionals active in the Romanian contemporary dance scene. 

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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