SIMONA DEACONESCU is a Romanian choreographer and filmmaker working across genres and formats. She examines social constructs, at the border of fiction and objective reality, sometimes with irony and black humor. Her works were selected and presented in festivals and conventional stages, unconventional spaces, cinemas, galleries and museums, architectural sites, and family houses, reaching audiences from Europe and beyond.
She holds a BA and a MA at the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. She received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna (2014), the National Centre for Dance in Bucharest Award (2016), was an Aerowaves Twenty18 Artist, and a Springboard Danse Montréal Emerging Choreographer in 2019. In the past two years, she has been an artist in residence with the European Projects Moving Digits and Biofriction. In 2022 she will be a Forecast Mentee, under Mathilde Monnier’s guidance and an Associated Artist with The National Centre for Dance in Bucharest, while her latest stage piece — “Choreomaniacs” — brought her a second nomination as an Aerowaves Artist.
Simona Deaconescu developed her style in dance film by placing the body in unwelcome natural places and creating long-shot cinematic compositions. Her films were selected and awarded by the most well-known dance film festivals in the world, in 2018 receiving the LOIKKA Award for “Sonder.” In 2019, Simona Deaconescu was one of the Romanian artists who exhibited video works at the New York Foundation for The Arts (USA), within the collective exhibition Principle of Migration, curated by Olivia Nițiș. Simona is currently preparing for her third short film, produced by Tangaj Productions and funded by the National Film Centre in Romania, recently selected at the Brussels Co-production Forum 2021.
In 2014, she founded her own project-based company — Tangaj Collective. Since 2015 she has been the co-founder and artistic director of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.