Simona Deaconescu (1987, Romania) is a choreographer and filmmaker working across genres and formats. Her work explores future scenarios of the body, creating spaces in which nature and technology meet, and the notion of choreography extends beyond the human body. She examines social constructs, at the border of fiction and objective reality, sometimes with irony and black humor.
Simona Deaconescu holds a BA and an MA in Choreography at The National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest and a BA in Film Directing at Media University Romania. In 2014 she founded Tangaj Collective, and since 2015 she has been the co-founder and artistic director of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. Her hybrid aesthetic and efforts to promote symbiosis of dance, film, and science were recognized with The National Dance Centre Bucharest Award in 2016.
Simona Deaconescu received the danceWEB Scholarship in 2014, was an Aerowaves Twenty18 Artist and a Springboard Danse Emerging Choreographer in 2019. She has been selected as an artist in residence with European Projects as Moving Digits (2019) and Biofriction (2020). She has been an artist in residence at Forum Dança (PT), La Briqueterie – Val-de-Marne Choreographic Development Centre (FR), Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (EE), Tanzhaus nrw (DE), Cultivamos Cultura (PT), and festivals like eXplore Festival (RO) and Altofest (IT).
In 2020 she created BLOT – Body Line of Thought, a duet with Vanessa Goodman that explores movement in relation with the bacteria in our body; Choreomaniacs, a commissioned performative docufiction produced by CNDB, which traces chronologically the events that marked the dance epidemics in Strasbourg 1518; virtual (living) room a VR installation where performer Kadri Sirel meets Zelda, a fake AI that mirrors her mind in a digital puzzle about the efforts of remembering the true nature of the movement. Her past projects include performances Daughters (2019), Birdville (2018), Counterbody (2017), Aftertaste (2016), installations Zona Martiska (2019), Retro Walk Decades to the Sun (2018), and short cinema works as body (in) transition (2019), Sonder (2016) and Silent Places (2014).
Her works were selected and presented in festivals and conventional stages, unconventional spaces, galleries and museums, architectural sites, and family houses, reaching audiences from Europe, Canada, and the USA. 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 for Cultural Projects of Bucharest Municipality. Simona is actively teaching dance composition and dance filmmaking workshops.