Tangaj Dance Association (Tangaj Collective) is a NGO founded in 2014, focused in two directions: production of artistic works created by Simona Deaconescu and her collaborators (doubled by educational programs and touring) and organising cultural projects dedicated to the community. TC is annually funded by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund on a project based funding, in 2018 being nominated for the Interdisciplinary Award and in 2019 for the promotion of Romanian art outside the borders. The association produces art and technology works as site-specific installations, dance films, video works and performances. Tangaj has created one of the most popular training programs for non-professionals in Bucharest, with over 2000 participants over time, doubled by regular workshops on dance technique and interdisciplinary composition, lead by Simona Deaconescu and her collaborators.
Starting with 2015, Tangaj Dance has set up the only dance film festival in Romania – BIDFF – Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. The project has grown from year to year, becoming a platform for exposing the most in vogue artists in the field of dance and film and, in parallel, creating a laboratory to support the production of domestic dance film. Among the activities included in the festival are: film screenings, workshops, exhibitions of digital art, shows and conferences. In 2016 and 2018, Tangaj organised two complex tours in 6 cities in the country “Bodies in Transition” and “Counterbodies”, projects that included the presentation of shows, dance films, workshops and master classes with international professionals. In 2014 and 2015 Tangaj Dance co-produced, together with the 4Culture Association, the project “X Platform”, an international program of new media residencies and two years later was one of the producers of “+2017 [body, love and contemporary dance]”, a showcase platform for Romanian dance.
TC deeply acknowledges the situation of Romanian independent artists, especially dance artists and disapproves of the poor support and lack of interest of The Romanian Ministry of Culture towards contemporary art. In 2018, TC has taken legal action against The Ministry regarding the irregularities concerning the financing of BIDFF. In 2019, the court has ruled in favour of TC, obliging the Ministry to fix the situation. In the present, TC’s efforts for justice continues as the Ministry has appealed the decision. TC supports The National Center for Dance in Bucharest in its fight for subsistence and endeavour to assist the independent dance scene. Nevertheless, TC considers that the best way to make a change is to never stop fighting and invest in the mutual collaborations between cultural actors, in an ethical and constructive context.