Simona Deaconescu is a Romanian choreographer and experimental filmmaker, working across genres and formats. Her work explores possible future scenarios of the body and the crisis of perception in contemporary society, concentrating around the fragile balance between nature and technology, individuality and collectivity, the big history and counterhistories.
She founded Tangaj Collective, a company that seldom collaborates with visual artists, performers and researchers in order to understand how the body can mediate the reality. She has presented her works in conventional stages, but also in unconventional spaces, galleries and museum, architectural sites and family houses, reaching audiences from Europe, Canada and USA. Her dance films have been selected in more than 40 festivals around the world.
Simona Deaconescu’s hybrid aesthetic and efforts to promote symbiosis of dance, film and technology, were recognized with The National Center for Dance Award in 2016. She has received the danceWEB scholarship in 2014, is an Aerowaves Twenty18 Artist and an Emerging Choreographer with Springboard Danse Montreal ’19. She is a resident of Moving Digits European Project for 2019 and 2020, with a research on how a technological setting can alter the memory and presence of a performer on stage.
Simona Deaconescu has been an artist in residence at Forum Dança (PT), Lavanderia e Vapore (IT), La Briqueterie – Val-de-Marne Choreographic Development Centre (FR), Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (EE), Tanzhaus nrw (DE) and festivals like eXplore Dance Festival (RO) and Altofest (IT). She has received grants to develop her work and tour from The Administration of the National Cultural Fund, The Romanian Cultural Institute and The Center of Cultural Projects in Bucharest.
Her latest works include performances “Daughters” (2019), “Birdville” (2018), “Counterbody” (2017), performative installations “Zona Martiska” (2019), “Retro Walk Decades to the Sun” (2018), “Spaces Alive” (2017) and video art piece “body (in) transition” (2019), presented at The New York Foundation for the Arts in the “Principle of Migration” exhibition. In 2020 she will be collaborating with Canadian choreographer Vanessa Goodman/Action at a distance for the dance duet “BLOT”, Estonian artist Kadri Sirel for the creation of the solo “A Dance to Remember” and was granted a production residency by The National Center for Dance in Bucharest for a group piece. In parallel she is in development with her latest short film “Fisherman’s Daughter”, financed by The Romanian Film Center.
She holds a BA in Dance and an MA in Choreography at The National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest and a BA in Film Directing at Media University Romania. Simona Deaconescu has been teaching dance composition and dance filmmaking and currently works with the Dance and Performance Academy in Bucharest.