BLOT & Dance Films | Retrocontrol Ziua 2

dance, film — 6.4.2023 16:00

On the 6th of April, from 7 PM, Tangaj Collective and Casa Tranzit invite you to the second evening of the Retrocontrol Tour in Cluj-Napoca, an evening of performance art and film. In full international acclaim, artist Simona Deaconescu presents “BLOT - Body Line of Thinking,” a performance created in collaboration with Canadian choreographer Vanessa Goodman. BLOT, a powerful and compelling work performed by Simona Dabija and Maria Luiza Dimulescu, discusses our relationship with bacteria.
On April 6th, following the second performance, at 8 PM, you are invited to “(un)safe Zones”, an exquisite collection of seven short dance films co-presented by the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. Filmmakers from France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Germany, and the Czech Republic portray the uncertainty of contemporary reality while confining the body to their own fears, desires, and fantasies.

BLOT - Body Line of Thought
42’ / performance / 2022 / RO, CA, PT
by Simona Deaconescu & Vanessa Goodman
BLOT explores movement in relation to the bacteria in our body. The show presents the body as an interconnected system, strong and fragile at the same time. Stripped of the social meanings determined by language, the body is redefined through a dialogue about our coexistence with microbiological beings. In BLOT, our salts are a conductor of creativity, electricity, and infection. Salt is shared by all, from ocean to soil and body, and is an essential supporter of life on earth. A dune of salt creates a collective body on stage. Our perspiration system defines our biological identity through our unique body odor created by bacteria.


(un)safe zones
60’, dance film screening, co-presented by The Bucharest International Dance Film Festival
She (SE/DK, Emil Dam Seidel, 2021) – Caught in a room, the protagonist, Clarice, unfolds a vision of her own identity through a mirror interrogator.
Altera (FR, Baptiste Rouveure, 2018) – “Altera” means the other. The other who will be a burden for us, as well as whom we will bear.
Fibonacci (CZ, Tomáš Hubáček, 2020) – Environmental dance film or audiovisual meditation on Fibonacci patterns in the landscape, herd behavior, film structure, and music.
Sauna (CH, Anna Lena Spring, Lara Perren, 2021) – Upon entering the sauna for the first time, Ava melts and dissolves into complete delirium.
Human Habitat (NO, Flavia Devonas Hoffmann, 2020) – The short originates in the clash between untouched nature and growing industry in the Arctic and explores the oscillation between human resistibility and fragility.
Passage (DE, Ann Oren, 2020) – A foley artist creates sounds for a film starring a dressage horse and dissolves into his own imitation.
Shells (CZ, Marie Magdalena Kochová, 2022) – The nursing home elevator turns into a stage as the old dancer explores the limits of his body, memory, and the passage of time.

Tangaj Collective was founded in 2014 by choreographer Simona Deaconescu. Tangaj creates and promotes a hybrid art of in-between bodies at the edge of different genres, formats, and periods. Many of Tangaj’s works are created collectively, bringing together artists from different countries and fields. Their performative productions have been presented in Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Canada, the United States of America, and Madagascar. Their dance films have been chosen for some of the world’s most prestigious screendance festivals. Tangaj Collective is the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival producer, an exquisite showcase of bodies mediated by the screen and new technologies at its ninth edition this year.

Tangaj Collective presents the two-day dance, film, and discussion program in partnership with Tranzit House as part of “Retrocontrol - Performative Documentaries on the Move,” a national and international cultural mobility project co-financed by AFCN - The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.