SIMONA DEACONESCU

SIMONA DEACONESCU

Simona was born in 1987 in Romania. She studied both Choreography at The National University of Theatre and Film and Film Directing at Media University in Bucharest. In 2013 she founded Tangaj Collective, an independent dance company, developing projects in the field of dance performance and video art, at the intersection between art and science. In 2014 she was granted the danceWEB scholarship by Life Long Burning European Network and in 2016 she received a Honorary Award from The National Center of Dance, as a recognition for her contribution to the growth of contemporary dance in Romania, mainly by developing a new trend.

She is known for COUNTERBODY (2017), Aftertaste (2015), Birdville (2014) and The Dream Factory (2013), a serial of dance performances based on the recent research of the cognitive science field and futuristic philosophies, while constantly teaching dance and video art. Her performances and workshops have been presented in festivals and venues from Romania, Austria, USA, Hungary and Turkey. Since 2013 she has directed short dance films, working with well known Romanian directors of photography, trying to discover a genuine method of creating long shot movement cinema. Her films Sonder (2016) and Silent Places (2013) have been selected and awarded in more than 40 dance film festivals around the world. In parallel, she has been working as a movement coordinator for different theatre productions, working with directors Peter Schneider and Catinca Draganescu.

She is one of the founders and the artistic director of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. In the past she has worked as a curator for the Dance Film Platform in the frame of the Bucharest Architecture Annual and for Bucharest 2021. She has collaborated as co-organiser for X Platform, a residency programme dedicated to new media and interactive installations.