”Ramanenjana”|Tangaj Collective (13 October)-Bucharest

60 min, 2022, RO/MG/DE
by Simona Deaconescu & Gaby Saranouffi


Created by Simona Deaconescu

In collaboration with Gaby Saranouffi

Mentored by Mathilde Monnier

Performers: Haja Saranouffi, Maria-Luiza Dimulescu, Simona Dabija

Music: Olombelo Ricky

Costumes: Cristina Milea / Sarlatan

Light design: Alexandros Raptis

Video: Kevin Deris, Simona Deaconescu, Carmen Tofeni, Cristian Pascariu

Created following discussions with Olombelo Ricky, Michel Razafiarivony, Ray Amandreny Benoit Randrianasolo, Serge Henri Rodin, Domoina Ratsara, guide Sebastian

Based on accounts described by Andrew Davidson, William Ellis, Marc Finaz, Andrianjanfy, G. H. Stagg, Pierre de Vaissière


Co-producers: Tangaj Collective, CNDB – The National Center for Dance in Bucharest, Forecast

Partners: I’TROTA International Dance Festival, Goethe-Institute Bucharest, Goethe-Zentrum Antananarivo, The French Institutes in Romania and Madagascar, The Romanian Cultural Institute, /SAC @ MALMAISON, Grizzly Film

Residencies:  PACT Zollverein, IFM – The French Institute in Madagascar

The presentation of Ramanenjana in the frame of Dinam Season is part of the cultural project Retrocontrol – Performative Documentaries on the Move, co-financed by AFCN - The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the project’s content or how the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Ramanenjana is a docufiction performance about a dance that made history. In Malagasy, Ramanenjana means something that makes you rigid but also something that makes you strong. Amidst diseases, social unrest, and healing rituals, the show critically discusses several versions of the same mass dance event. Following several years of research, Ramanenjana examines dance's societal role and how colonialism may have spread misconceptions about an extraordinary movement. Collaborating with ethnomusicologist and musician Olombelo Ricky, choreographers Simona Deaconescu and Gaby Saranouffi, along with three performers, playfully explore the Ramanenjana phenomenon using historical texts, dynamic hand gestures, and ecstatic movement.

Through this cultural approach, the Unfold Motion Association aims to develop new audiences for the field of contemporary dance and to lay the foundations for the accessibility of a constant cultural offer for the consumer of contemporary dance performances and events related to it such as: Dance films, workshops, etc.

The contemporary dance season is the first such initiative of choreographers working in Timisoara, under the umbrella of the Unfold Motion Association and was born out of the need to have a context for watching dance performances, as is possible in the world of theater.  In a cultural context in which contemporary dance does not enjoy sustained support at national level, the visibility of dance performances is affected by the lack of contexts of presentation to the public. And DINAM is trying to be one of those contexts.

The curatorial vision of the season is eclectic because we believe that the evolution of different aesthetics of contemporary dance (both nationally and internationally) enriches through diversity, an event such as the season.  We want the audience to get in touch with as many artistic currents and choreographic visions as possible so that they can form and develop a critical sense and preferences for certain genres.

The third edition of the DINAM season took place between 6 October and 25 November 2023 and included: 10 contemporary dance performances, Q&A sessions with invited artists, workshops and interviews “meet the artist/sharing practices”, 3 dance film screenings, an audio-video performance installation and a series of sound mixing workshops for the audience.

Partners: Mihai Eminescu National Theatre Timisoara, Victoria Cinema, Faculty of Arts and Design Timisoara, Ion Vidu Art High School, German Cultural Center, French Institute Timisoara, Faber, Iulius Town, Delazero Association, Contemporary Creative Dreamers, At two Owls (n.r. “la Două Bufnițe”) Library, Social assistance Department of Timisoara, iabilet.ro.

Project implemented with the support of the Timis County Youth Foundation and the National Dance Center Bucharest.

Media partners: TVR Timisoara, West City Radio, best of Timisoara, Carturesti bookshops;

Producer: Unfold Motion

DINAM season is part of the Cultural Program Timisoara 2023-European Capital of Culture and is co-financed by the City of Timisoara through the Project Center.

Credit foto: Lorena Dumitrașcu

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