by Sergiu Matis and Madalina Dan

10/06/2017 07:00 pm | @ Kunstkraftwerk

The “Sleeping Beauty” ballet provides a full-length framework for the work of the Romanian dancers Madalina Dan and Sergiu Matis, who tear holes in the lushness of the classical ballet in order to get nearer to their own ballet history. The discrepancy between social realities in Romania in the 1990s, and the floridly opulent majestic fairy-tales in most ballets which Madalina Dan and Sergiu Matis learnt as trainee dancers has left its mark on their cover version of “Sleeping Beauty”. The two dancers created the ballet in just 20 days from their bodily memories of the frustration they felt during their training. Another of its themes is the precarious working conditions endured by dancers and choreographers today.

credits, vitae
Konzept/Performance : Madalina Dan und Sergiu Matis
Eine Produktion des : Festivals für Performative Künste Timisoara
mit der freundlichen Unterstützung des : Rumänischen Kulturinstitutes Berlin und der Tanzfabrik Berlin

Sergiu Matis, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, began his professional career at the Tanztheater Nuremberg. He has been living in Berlin since 2008, working with choreographers such as Colette Sadler, Yossi Berg, Philip Bergmann, Daniel Kok, and Jee-Ae Lim. He dances and works in several choreographies of Sasha Waltz & Guests (Dialoge: Neues Museum and MAXXI, Continu, Matsukaze, and Sacre). In 2014 he completed his Master’s degree Solo / Dance / Authorship (SODA) at HZT Berlin and received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. His choreographies (Human Nature, Landing, ThreeDoors. Search, 89. Grenzenlos, Ending-dong, doom room, Duet, Keep it real, Explicit Content) have been shown internationally in Radialsystem / Berlin, Kinitiras Studio / Athens, eXplore Dance Festival / Bucharest, European Festival of Performing Arts Timisoara / Romania, International Festival dance.movement.theatre Gheorgheni / Romania, National Dance Centre Bucharest, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Antistatic Festival / Sofia, and Impulstanz Vienna.

Madalina Dan finished in 2009 a Dramatic Writing Master at U.N.A.T.C Bucharest and graduated in 2007 from the choreography section of the the University of Theatre and Cinematographic Arts “I.L.Caragiale”. In 2008 she studied with a danceWEB-Europe Scholarship in Vienna, in 2002-2003 she was choreographer-assistant for the „Metisaje” performances, choreography by Gigi Caciuleanu, between 1998-2003 she was a ballerina of the Ballet Theatre “Oleg Danovsky”. She participated in workshops and collaborates with choreographers like Florin Fieroiu, Cosmin Manolescu, Vava Stefanescu, Paolo Enrique, Margarida Bettencourt, Laura Simi, Damiano Foa, Christine Bastin, Ivan Wolf, Milli Biterli, Mark Tompkins, Andrew Harwood, Lisa Race, Keith Hennessy, Judith Grodowitz, Libby Farr, Ko Murobushi, Davis Freeman, ballet maestros Simona Noja, Judith Turros, Daniel Meja, Erwin Kecsek, Wilfride Piollet, Jean Guizerix, theatre directors Mihai Maniutiu, Miruna Dinu and composers Dino Ghezzo si Tom Beyer. She performs in „Show”- Alexandra Pirici, presented in the Balkan Dance Platform Atena and in „Supersomething”- Cosmin Manolescu, 2008. In 2009 realises together with choreographers Andrea Bozic and Michael Pickbeck „Beginning, middle, end”, project produced by Sprindance Festival Utrecht Olanda, in 2008 „Iluzionistele”-production of the National Dance Centre Bucharest, in 2007 „Dedublarea”, presented in the National Theatre Festivalul, Restart Festival at CNDB, Springdance Festival Utrecht, Tanz Schritt Weise 2009.