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Contemporary dance in Romania, the post-revolution new wave
The 1989 revolution that ended the despotic Ceausescu regime brought the promise of newfound freedom of speech and expression to the people of Romania. As the new generation of post-revolution artists began exchanges with Western Europe, one of the first things they encountered was a new world of contemporary dance that contrasted sharply with the Romania’s existing Russian-influenced ballet tradition. In this interview we spoke with Cosmin Manolescu (Director of the Gabriela Tudor Foundation), an active choreographer who brings his own works to stage while also serving as a key person in efforts to build a better environment for contemporary dance. Manolescu is also known as the executive director of the ArtistNe(s)t Association / Network of Artist-in-Residence Centres (the only residency program in Romania created by Gabriela Tudor in 2006), and he talks about his efforts to build a network in the Balkan countries and the latest developments and new projects on the Romanian dance scene.
Interviewer: Takao Norikoshi, dance critic