Alexandra Pirici from Romania in residence in Limassol

This July choreographer and performance artist Alexandra Pirici from Romania is in residence in Cyprus working on the project “The expanse of space that seems to be over the Earth”. Can we still talk about a physical or mental space that offers protection and refuge, in which you can feel safe? How does precarity, excessive mobility and the need for maximum adaptability act upon the need to “belong”, the need for a “a place to come back to”, for stability and certainty? Where do we now find our home and how do we produce intimacy?

Together with the set designer Andrei Dinu they imagine the space as something people can experience, more like an interactive performance than a theatrical display. The images and sensations that people experience are being gathered through a collective process – developed through meetings and discussions with local artists and other people interested to create a common body of images/physical actions/sensations. The final product/ performance is imagined as a distilled momentum of collective experiences, desires and interests.

The residency is hosted by Dance House Lemesos and will conclude with an open presentation.

Alexandra Pirici is a Bucharest-based performance and visual artist whose work cuts across different mediums, from performance art to public space intervention, video and music. She collaborated with artists like Dennis Deter, Florin Fieroiu, Dan Perjovschi, Eduard Gabia, Ion Dumitrescu, Joe Alegado, Farid Fairuz, Alex Mirutziu. Her work has been presented at the Balkan Dance Platform, Bucharest Biennale, Teatromania – Rome, Tanzquartier Vienna, Kanuti Gilde Saal –Tallinn, National Museum of Art –Bucharest, Nottdance Festival -UK, Kunstmule – Germany, etc. In 2008, together with visual artist Andrei Dinu, she initiated “The May Salon”- a cultural squatting project. She was part of “Cooperativa Performativa” – a freedom utopia collective working to bring an anarchic open source model in the performative context-and “Rectifier Crew”. In 2011 she made the public space intervention/ sculpture project “If you don’t want us, we want you”.

More about Alexandra’s ongoing project is available here

Image (video still): street intervention – performing Romanian Calusarii popular dance in the streets of Limassol