MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations (2020)

in collaboration with Marilena Preda Sanc

Manifestations is a performative, visual and sound collage that animates an emancipatory space by interweaving traces of the Romanian history of feminism, artistic gestures and female perspectives in the history of painting and traditional music. This choral performance destabilizes not only dominant views on history, but also borders that were built to separate artistic expressions, cultures, nations and identities. As the piece carves out a trans-historical and trans-disciplinary space of memory, a new ecology of relationality appears through a hybrid fabric of political and choreographic movements, creating a new poetic matrix.

Performance art has always sought to unite art and life. How and why is it important to address the marginalized history of feminism in the Romanian and Eastern European context – on the periphery of our collective historical consciousness?

Concept and artistic direction Eszter Salamon Developed with and performed by Salka Ardal Rosengren, Madalina Dan, Flavia Giurgiu, Ayşe Orhon, Judith State Artistic assistant Liza Baliasnaja, Christine De Smedt Stage design Mtarilena Preda Sanc Digital Processing Mateias Bogdan Light design Sylvie Garot Technical direction Sylvie Garot, Rima Ben Brahim Costume Design Cristina Barbu Vocal coach Elena Gheorghe

Production Studio E.S. / Elodie Perrin, WASP Studios
Commissioned by EUROPALIA ROMANIA (Brussels), Andreea Capitanescu (curator) Co-produced by EUROPALIA ROMANIA Brussels, Romanian Cultural Institute, Kaaitheater Supported by Life Long Burning/ Creative Europe Programme of The European Union Cultural project co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund

Special thanks to Lia Perjovschi for her drawing and research «Romanian feminism», Olivia Nitis, Oana Baluta, Valentina Iancu, Maria Balabas and the Balassi Institut Bucharest Studio E.S. is funded by the Regional Directory of Cultural Affairs of Paris – Ministry of Culture and Communication

©Lorraine Wauters