SIMONA DEACONESCU

BIOGRAPHY

Simona Deaconescu (Sept 10 1987) is a Romanian choreographer and experimental filmmaker, working across genres and formats. Her work explores future scenarios of the body and the crisis of perception in contemporary society. She often likes to have a dual approach, thinking about the balance between nature and technology, individuality and collectivity, the big history and counter-histories.

She founded Tangaj Collective, a company that 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, family houses and cinemas reaching audiences from Europe, Canada and USA. 

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.

Deaconescu is grateful for researching her work as 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 for various festivals and organisations.

STATEMENT

We live in an era in which our belief system has become so dynamic and changeable. Communication has developed into a very complex apparatus that extends beyond human connection. Although this raises questions of ethics, it also leaves an immense space for exploration and discovery. I invest a lot of time in movement research, tackling issues as embodiment, transferable qualities of the body, enhancing the physicality and creating disrupting narratives. When I create new work, I like to design a multiverse, embracing the ambiguity and mystery of the future. Approaching topics as proximity, essence and presence, in my performances I talk a lot about the interchangeable self. Depersonalisation and spatial conflict have raised a lot of questions in my work. I like to create a reflexive world of the hyper personal, a network in which experiences are shared and transferred and intimate processes and thoughts are the starting point for movement, imagery and sound.