Performing Togetherness | Open Studio

What’s Next? Performing Togetherness | Open Studio
25 & 26 of May, 10:00–20:00
Pavilion Goethe Institut, Calea Dorobanti 32, București

With/by: Nana Biakova (UA), Agnieszka Gotowała (PL), Viktoriia Khoroshylova (UA),  Cinty Ionescu (RO), Rita Lira (UA), Karolina Marcinkowska (PL), Thomas Klaus Rohe (DE), Alexandra Vieru (RO)

Performing Togetherness is a tailored residency space in which eight choreographers, performers and visual & video artists are invited to join a collective experience, share stories and their artistic practices, ask questions or simply think about how we can make our cultural environment more sustainable. Solidarity, courage, mental health and care are very important subjects for the European contemporary art scene, especially after the pandemic time and the recent war in Ukraine. For us, they will be triggers for larger conversations about how we envision the future and how we can imagine new models of artistic collaboration and exchange, able to improve our life and cultural ecosystem. Discover the amazing team of “What’s Next” artists in Bucharest and join us at Pavilion Goethe Institute on May 25 & 26 for a special togetherness experience. (Cosmin Manolescu, curator Performing Togetherness residency)

Between May 9–24, 8 artists from Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Romania meet and work together in Bucharest in a WHAT’S NEXT research residency, testing new formats of artistic practices and collective reflection about the future of the performing arts scene. This group residency organised by Gabriela Tudor Foundation, Goethe Institute Bucharest and Polish Institute in Bucharest will focus on research, dialogue and cultural exchange and is developed around topics such as courage, solidarity and care for artists and social environment. The Performing Togetherness residency opens its doors on May 25 & 26 with a series of workshops, sharing practices, video presentations and collective installation proposed and performed by What’s Next artists.


SAT, 25.05.2024

10:00-11:00 – EXPLORING SLOWNESS (workshop)
by Thomas Rohe (DE)
A mixture of exercises contrasting today’s fast pace
(workshop open for 10 participants)

11:30-13:00 – WALKING & TALKING (open practice)
by Viktoriia Khoroshzlova (UA)
Starts at Pavilion Goethe Institute and walks the participants into the Ioanid Park
(open practice for 10 participants)

Collective performance installation by all What’s Next artists
(performative installation with/for 20 audience members)

18:00-20:00 – LET THE BODY SPEAK (video presentation & talk)
Presentation and video screening of the Ukrainian dance during the war in the presence of the three Ukrainian participants and a discussion about artistic practices in time of crisis with the artists in residence.
(for maximum 30 audience members)

SUN, 26.05.2024

10:00-11:00 – TAI CHI PRACTICE (open practice)
by Karolina Marcinkowska (PL)
Pavilion Goethe Institute
The Taoist opening set of warming up followed by seven Phoenix exercises in space
(available for 10 participants)

11:30-13:00 – BODY WORK (workshop)
by Rita Lira (UA)
Somatic and dance practices for exploring body and senses; work in pairs and in group.
(workshop available for 10 participants)

Collective performance by all What’s Next artists-in-residency
(open for 20 audience members)
18:00-20:00 – Challenges of Togetherness (sharing session)
Performative talk with/by Nana Biakova (UA), Agnieszka Gotowała (PL), Viktoriia Khoroshylova (UA),  Cinty Ionescu (RO), Rita Lira (UA), Karolina Marcinkowska (PL), Thomas Klaus Rohe (DE), Alexandra Vieru (RO)
followed by Q&A (for 20 audience members)

The What’s Next events are free of charge and interested people should register at the link mentioning the day, hours and title of the event.

Participants are kindly invited to support with a small donation the development of a new Ukrainian dance performance – LYULI – created by dance makers Anastasia Kharchenko and Yekatierina Bysheva, through the crowdfunding platform


NANA BIAKOVA is an interdisciplinary artist from Ukraine. She embodies the essence of movement-based performance and visual art. She has been residing between Ukraine and Japan for the last few years and is currently based in Kyiv. Her canvas is her own corporeal form, a neutral material she employs to delve into memory patterns, identity, and the intricate interplay between human and other-than-human entities. Her performances were shown in Germany, Romania, Australia, Japan and Ukraine.

AGNIESZKA GOTOWAŁA is a visual artist/photographer/performer, from Poland. She presented her works in numerous exhibitions and festivals in Poland and worldwide. Her areas of interest are research, exploration and transformation in the states of human and nature, and the memory and identity they contain. Her creative practices are involved in processes related to nature, sensuality, embodiment, feeling and recollections.

VIKTORIIA KHOROSHYLOVA is a movement artist, dancer and choreographer from Odessa, Ukraine. Topics she works with: questions of modern Ukrainian society linked to ecological pressure, overconsumption, destruction of architectural heritage, and currently to the war in Ukraine, as well as the topic of freedom and responsibility, the realisation of the creative potential of a person. She is working in the field of contemporary art in collaboration with museums, galleries, festivals and in dance projects. The work methods Viktoriia generates diaries, biographies and descriptions of the works of other artists, researching the nature of one’s creativity and combining visual art, improvisation, physical theater, and research based on questioning.

CINTY IONESCU is a Bucharest based artist with a constant interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and live experiment. She is committed to exploring new expression forms in the field of live performance, at the crossroads of visual arts and live music, of stage theatre and digital theatre, installations and augmented reality. Most of the projects initiated by Cinty feature video documentations. The artist worked on over 40 theatre plays and dance pieces and performed hundreds of live shows which include multiple collaborations with musicians.

RITA LIRA is a Ukrainian performer, dancer, and choreographer, and currently resides in Paris. In her work she combines contemporary dance, street dance styles, visual and documentary art. Rita’s performances were presented in France, Austria, Lithuania, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine. She is also a member of the UA Contemporary Dance Platform.

KAROLINA MARCINKOWSKA is an Anthropologist (PhD) and body therapist (Thai massage) based in Sopot (Poland), who coordinates and leads interdisciplinary scientific and artistic projects related to cross-cultural/intergenerational communication, intangible heritage (Rwanda, Madagascar) and body language. Currently she is offering therapeutic massages to elderly people in Sopot and collecting recordings for the oral history archive in the Sopot Museum. For the last 15 years she was involved in field work in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Brazil. She was also curating and coordinating contemporary art projects, performances and exhibitions. The topics Karolina is interested in are anthropology of the body – body with its enclosed emotions, stories, potentials as the most intimate connection to ourselves and others, intangible heritage and ritual versus performance.

THOMAS KLAUS ROHE is a freelance contemporary dancer, performer and yoga teacher living and working in Berlin, Germany. His own work, mainly consisting of long durational performances, deals with questions about identity, self perception, social issues and humans relation to technology.

ALEXANDRA VIERU is a theatre director, performer and drama facilitator. She studied classical ballet, acting, has a bachelor in theatre directing and has just finished a one year program of dance and performance studies at National Dance Center Bucharest.

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Performing Togetherness is a research-residency developed by Cosmin Manolescu & Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania) in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Bucharest and Polish Institute Bucharest. This laboratory-residency is part of the project “What’s next? Safe cultural multi-spaces for the multidisciplinary reflection of (post)war and (post)crisis European identity”, created in partnership as a partnership between zusa, MitOst (Germany), Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria), Proto produkciia (Ukraine), Wrocław Institute of Culture (Poland) and Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania). Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the European Education and Culture Executive Agency can be held responsible for them.

The What’s Next? residency is a component of the “What’s Next — European platform of artistic research and creation”, a cultural programme co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN). The programme does not necessarily represent the standpoint of the AFCN and it cannot be held liable for the content of the programme or the manner in which the outcomes of the programme may be used. These shall devolve entirely on the beneficiary of the financing.

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