Call for performers: “Fragile” – a dance piece by Cosmin Manolescu

Fragile – mapping bodies [working title] is a new dance project to be created by Romanian choreographer Cosmin Manolescu in 2014-2015. The project is developed under the co-production strand of the European programme E-Motional: rethinking dance, and under the label of the Serial Paradise Company/ Gabriela Tudor Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Professional Dance Choreographers of Latvia (Riga), Fabrica de Movimentos (Porto) and Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois – TROIS C-L (Luxembourg).

Fragile will research the theme of the e-motional body, viewed as a personal geography made of memories embodied on the skin, physical traumas and signs, and all the histories that a body could tell. A political project about identity, researched in different spaces (private houses, hotels, streets, studios), which will also question the fragility and vulnerability of our daily lives. Through its vision, the project represents an organic part connected to the more general theme of the E-Motional programme, of rethinking dance and of finding the right language of expression.

Fragile will be developed in collaboration with 3 performers from different EU countries to be selected by choreographer Cosmin Manolescu following a series of workshops conducted in Porto, Luxembourg, Bucharest and Riga, scheduled as follows:

Porto:                         May 5-9, 2014
Luxembourg:           May 20-24, 2014
Bucharest:                May 27-30, 2014
Riga:                           July 3-5, 2014

The workshops will include daily sessions on the proposed themes, personal coaching time for participants and, selectively, a closing sharing event open to the local audience. Details for registration below.

The piece will be developed in Riga and Bucharest and subsequently presented in the E-Motional project countries, according to the calendar below. All interested performers have to be available for the entire calendar.

Working periods
Riga:               July 4-18, 2014
Bucharest:    October 13 – November 6, 2014

Performance dates
Bucharest:                November 7-8, 2014
Bucharest & Riga:   June 4-14, 2015
Porto:                        July 3-4, 2015


For the 6-week working period and the above scheduled performances in 2014-2015 the selected performer will receive a total fee amounting to EUR 3.000 (gross amount). The travel costs, accommodation and per diem are covered through the project.

Interested performers can register for the announced workshops at by sending an email that includes:
–          Their interest to participate in the co-production and confirmation of availability, in case of selection, for the entire project calendar, as announced above (working periods and performance dates).
–          The chosen city to attend the workshop.
–          Two photos – one head photo, one photo of them performing (up to 2M in total).
–          A video-link in which they perform and they can be clearly recognized.
–          A biography or CV.

For the Bucharest workshop, organisers may secure accommodation for 3 foreign or Romanian participants not residing in Bucharest. If it applies, please mention the interest in your registration.

Registration deadline: May 1, 2014. For more information about the co-production project please contact Cosmin Manolescu at

Cosmin Manolescu is choreographer, artistic director of the “E-Motional: rethinking dance” programme and of ZonaD – Serial Paradise studio & company. His artistic work was successfully presented in important festivals and venues in New York, San Diego, Paris, Lyon, London, Dublin, Porto, Rome, Florence, Catania, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Malmo, Luxemburg, Barcelona, Bremen etc. He played an important role in the development of contemporary dance in Romania and in the creation of National Dance Centre in Bucharest. His artistic work was awarded several grants and prizes among which the Sadco Prize (Bucharest, 2001), Grand Prix for “Serial Paradise” awarded by Atelier Experimental Theatre Festival (Sf. Gheorghe, 2003), SACD and Sogeda Awards for the project “Don’t Ask The Blond” (in collaboration with Kira Riikonen, Roberto Casarotto – Monaco Dance Forum, 2004), “Nouveau Talent Choregraphie” (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques Paris, 2005). His ongoing project “Room 1306 (I Am Myself)”, especially created for a hotel room, was extensively presented in Romania, as well as in festivals in Stockholm, Riga, Plymouth, Bucharest, Alba-Iulia and Timisoara. Since 2011, in collaboration with Stefania Ferchedau, he leads E-Motional – a European mobility, artistic research, exchange and co-production project developed in different phases in various European countries (Romania, Latvia, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus, UK, Turkey), targeting artists and managers alike. In 2013 he initiated “Eastern Connection” – a three-year programme of exchanges and collaboration between Romania and Japan. Cosmin Manolescu is currently interested in cross-cultural collaboration and exchange, experiment and artistic innovation, creating performances that challenge the audience.


The co-production is part of “E-Motional: rethinking dance”. Project created and led by Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Bucharest) in cooperation with the Association of Professional Dance Choreographers of Latvia (Riga), Fabrica de Movimentos (Porto) and “George Apostu” Cultural Centre (Bacau), with the support of the Culture programme of the European Union.
“Fragile” is also supported with a research residency by Bogliasco Foundation in Italy.

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