Motto: "If you want to build a ship, don't start by sending people for wood, nails, tools, string and other materials. First teach them to long for the distant, endless sea ... ”(Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Citadel)
This book was born in 2020, during the pandemic ... For the first time in my entire teaching career, I held Choreographic Art courses behind the screen, without having access to the actual spaces intended for the study of dance. The dialogue with the students was mediated by a computer - the interface between real and imaginary, between concrete and illusion. The students, however, were real and I assigned these courses to them - an opportunity to meditate on the dimensions that are part of the choreographic discourse.
The book contains a number of essays, all these essays represent an introduction to what we, the researchers in the field of dance, call: Choreographic Art. The book is addressed to all those who want to know the choreographic field, but also to those who try to walk the path of choreography, to those who will one day be choreographers, pedagogues, researchers in the field. This study does not aim to completely decipher the multitude of aspects that are part of the choreographic show, it will not clarify all the problems related to the choreographic art, but we hope, it will open a small window, will bring maybe a new perspective on the field.
Dance - living, complex art - can hardly be introduced into the written or spoken language box; the flat sign (letter) cannot reproduce the dancing vibration of life, just as the sea could not be closed in a room. Contemporary dance is the game with space, time, emotion, it is a field of continuous research, a free research, a dynamic dialogue of the inner and outer forces of man to discover himself or, further - to reach the heart of the universe.
The movement contains infinite dimensions, to put them into words means to take risks… But maybe, for the memory of the dance, it is worth the risk - the choreographic gesture must sometimes be condensed, described in words in order to live on, just as freely.
In dance, the metaphor acquires the body, the emotion becomes space, time. The scenes follow one another, and behind them, from the movement of the bodies, our dream remains. Movement is thought, momentum, struggle and often brings our soul to light. The man in motion proves that he is more than he seems, and dance becomes a revealing instrument of meta-realities.
In the territory of dreams and freedom, man dances, perhaps, to discover himself or to meet his Creator. Dancing, man resembles the Gods - he seems to be absolved of matter, worries, suffering…
The act of teaching dance is an act of courage, an act of love, an act of sacrifice. The choreographic art teacher should have the courage to "sculpt" in his students or students "eyes" with which they can see beyond reality, "ears" through which to listen to the indecipherable, "wings" with which to it flies beyond matter. And his sacrifice is permanent ...
I dedicate this book to my parents who opened my heart to art, to my students - who made me ask more and more questions and try to "perfect" my teaching methods, to the teachers of Choreographic Art within UNATC, IL Caragiale, Bucharest who trained me when I was, in my turn, a student. I also dedicate this book to a dear friend, the architect Mihai V. Popa, who inspired me and helped me to complete this book.