Working across genres and formats, Simona Deaconescu examines social constructs, at the border of fiction and objective reality, sometimes with irony and dark humor. Her work explores future scenarios of the body, creating spaces in which nature, history, and technology meet, and the notion of choreography extends beyond the human body.
Simona Deaconescu holds a BA and a MA in Choreography from The National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest and a BA in Film Directing from Media University Romania. In 2014, she founded Tangaj Collective, an organization that works with transdisciplinary artists and researchers. In 2015, she became the co-founder and artistic director of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.
In 2016, she received the CNDB – National Centre for Dance Award for her contribution brought to Romanian contemporary dance. Over the years, she developed part of her projects in collaboration with CNDB, and in 2022 she became an Associated Artist of the center. Developing artworks greatly influenced by science, she was supported by European Projects based on research and interdisciplinarity, such as Moving Digits and Biofriction. In 2018 and 2022, she was nominated as an Aerowaves Artist with her works “Counterbody” and “Choreomaniacs”. In 2022, she was selected as a Forecast Mentee with her project “Ramanenjana”, a context that offered her the opportunity to study dance phenomenology in Madagascar, mentored by French choreographer Mathilde Monnier. In the same year, she was awarded the NRW Dance Research Scholarship to continue her research on historical mass dances.
Her creations include performances, installations, films, and video artworks. They were presented on conventional stages, in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces, reaching audiences in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the USA. In 2023, she will present work in Romania, within several projects happening in connection with Timișoara European Capital of Culture, as well as in Bulgaria, Portugal, South Africa, and Mexico. She is currently in post-production with her third short film, funded by The National Film Centre in Romania.