This is not one of those ordinary “Cultural Exchange Programs”. It is unique in that it is not just an exchange of artists but also producers and critics, sent to the respective countries to participate in discussions and creations. This is because “producers and critics are the ones who link society and artists, so they too should expand their knowledge and experience together,” says program director Cosmin Manolesc, who is also the director of Gabriel Tudor Foundation and the contemporary dancer/choreographer who led the dance scene in post-Ceausescu Romania. Last year Japanese choreographer Zan Yamashita went to Romania and through auditions chose the former-dentist-turned-contemporary-dancer Mihaela Dancs. As part of this exchange program they were joined in Bucharest by Shinji Ono (the producer of Festival Dance New Air) as producer, and myself as dramaturge. This year a team from Romania is in Tokyo for two months for creative research, and is expected to present a work in progress at this festival. (Takao Norikoshi, Writer, Dance Critic)
Cosmin Manolescu is choreographer and artistic director of the Serial Paradise Company/Gabriela Tudor Foundation based in Bucharest, Romania. His choreographic works have been presented at important festivals around the world. Manolescu has played an important role in the development of contemporary dance in Romania and in the creation of National Dance Centre in Bucharest. He is currently interested in cross-cultural exchanges, experiments and artistic innovations, creating performances that challenge the audience.http://zonadstudio.wordpress.comwww.e-motional.eu
A former dentist, Mihaela Doncs is now a performer and choreographer based in Bucharest. Since 2004, she has danced for many other choreographers and made a number of solo works and collaborations with other artists. Doncs the Movement Labs sponsored by the National Dance Centre, and heads a social insertion project and arts education program for children with different social and educational backgrounds.
A dance critic, Takao Norikoshi is the director of Japan Dance Plug Co., Ltd., and works as an advisor for various theaters, foundations and festivals. In 2006, as a fellow at the Japan Society, he went to New York to do research on dance in the US. In 2007, he was the director of the“GIAPPONE DANZA”dance festival in Genoa, Italy. Norikoshi has written various books on contemporary dance, including: The Perfect Guidebook To Contemporary Dance; I Know You Don’t Go To Dance Performances; and THE DANCE BIBLE.