Bodies on the line
Bodies on the line
Bodies on the line

Bodies on the line


The performance is co-funded by the “Creative Europe” Programme of the European Union, the National Culture Fund, under “Creative Europe” subprogramme and the Sofia Municipality Calendar of Cultural Events, 2024.

What are the places that independent artists and performers occupy? Do they have a group consciousness? Do they belong to a community? Is there a common set of expectations, desires, needs of the 20+ generation? How does an artist live when the word stability becomes an utopia? A restless slalom after visibility and peace? Can one make a decent living from independent projects? What does decent mean? 

“Bodies on the line” explores fragile territories between confessions and statements, placing bodies in spaces of both safety and uncertainty, from which they can articulate their anxieties, hopes and the need to belong to a collectivity that makes the daily struggle for survival a little more bearable. 

“Bodies on the line” compresses the time of personal stories and dilates the pressure of the times in which we live, dominated by the alienating flight after overlapping projects, exhaustion, burn-out and the feeling that if you are not seen, you do not exist? 

Ioana Marchidan is a performer, choreographer and has been working with local and international choreographers and theater directors for more than 15 years. She attended the “Floria Capsali” Choreography High School, and began her career as a professional dancer at the Romanian National Opera. Later, she became one of the members of the Gigi Căciuleanu Romanian Dance Company. She has danced in shows created by Ioana Macarie, Chris Simion, Radu Afrim, Dragos Galgoțiu and has participated in international festivals such as  Aerowaves – The Place (UK), Keochang International Festival of Theater (KR), Cairo Experimental Theater Festival (EG), Aichi Worldwide Exhibition (JP), Francophone Festival (AU, JO, IT, PT), Festival d’Avignon (FR). In 2013 she was one of the performers of the Venice Biennale, An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale (Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmuș). Later, Ioana started to create her own choreographies: 2 contemporary women, Reverse Discourse (project that is part of the E-MOTIONAL Residency at Forum Dança Lisbon) and Stabat Mater (Award for Best Performance at the Undercloud International Festival, Ro). Since 2016, she is the president of the Dance Spot Association and artistic director at Linotip – Independent Choreographic Center. She collaborates with subsTANZ / Massimo Gerardi and Tangaj Collective.

The performance is part of the European project SEEDS – South-East European Dance Stations. SEEDS is co-funded by the “Creative Europe” Programme of the European Union. However, the views and opinions expressed there are entirely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the EACEA are responsible for them. 

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