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Upon recommendation by Jardin d'Europe co-organiser 4 CULTUR Association (RO), Cullberg Ballet invited Cosmin Manolescu (RO) Dancer/Choreographer and Stefania Ferchedau (RO) Serial Paradise Company,
Bucharest (RO) for a two weeks residency at Cullberg Ballets location in the production house of Riksteatern (Swedish National Touring Theatre).


The piece “I Am Myself” started in Stockholm during the second week Wild Cards residence for the research, documentation and development of the project. “I Am Myself” is an interdisciplinary project about limits-of the body, of the performance, of the audience - questioning the problems of contemporary
life- cultural identity, memory, the thin line between reality and fiction, alienation and the addictions of contemporary man.

During the residency, Cosmin Manolescu gave a three days workshop for Swedish dancers and choreographers that took place at Danscentrum. The facebook platform of “I Am Myself” was launched during the residency, which allowed interaction with the project audience. The residence concluded on June
12, 2010 with an informal first presentation of the research developed by Cosmin Manolescu in Stockholm.

During the residency, they established a good connection with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm. Following two meetings, RCI Stockholm agreed in supporting the premier of the work “I Am Myself”, which took place during Stoff, Stockholm Fringe Fest August 24-27,2011.

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feedback report by Cosmin Manolescu & Stefanie Ferchedau

I Am Myself is an interdisciplinary project about limits - of the body, of the performance, of the audience -,
questioning the problems of contemporary life - cultural identity, memory, the thin line between reality and
fiction, alienation and the addictions of contemporary man. The project, conceived and performed by
Cosmin Manolescu, is dedicated to Gabriela Tudor.

I Am Myself started in Stockholm during a 2-week "Wild Cards" residence for the research, documentation
and development of the project offered by Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm) and 4Culture Association (Bucharest),

in the frame of the Jardin d'Europe program, supported through Culture 2007-2013.

Taking place from May 31 to June 13, the residence in Stockholm included:
- daily rehearsals in the Cullberg’s Ballet studio between 13.00 – 19.00 (except Sundays);
- a 3-day workshop for Swedish dancers and choreographers that took place at Danscentrum;
- meetings with different potential partners in Stockholm such as Romanian Cultural Institute in
Stockholm, IASPIS - International Dance Programme, Stockholm Culture Festival, Festival Dansenhus, Weld
- interviews with different company members of Cullberg Ballet;
- visits to Moderna Museet, Museum of Dance, attendance of one informal performance at Weld
presented by choreography students;

The facebook platform of I Am Myself was also launched during the residence, which allowed interaction
with the project audience. The residence concluded on June 12 with an informal fisrt presentation of the
research developed by Cosmin Manolescu in Stockholm that was attended by approx. 10 Romanian and
Swedish audience members as well through video chat connection by Andreea Capitanescu (director of
4Culture) and two other Romanian audience members based in Bucharest and Bacau. Following the
presentation, we had a final drink and talk with different audience members from Intercult and RCI
Stockholm.

Working and living conditions
The residence was extremely well organised by the Cullberg Ballet. All the conditions provided by the
organisers including the studio, production and local travel met the needs of our project. The residents
appreciated the very good living conditions as well as the facilities (internet connection) provided together
with the accommodation. The communication with the Cullberg Ballet was excellent before and during the
residence.

 

Residence’s Outcomes
During the two-week residence, several positive outcomes were achieved:

a)collaboration with Swedish choreographer and performer:
Following the Danscentrum workshop, attended by 12 participants, Cosmin Manolescu had a discussion
with Charlotta Ruth (a Swedish choreographer based in Stockholm and Vienna) regarding the possibility to
collaborate in the final format of I Am Myself. It was agreed that Serial Paradise Company will invite the
Swedish performer to a short visit to Bucharest in December 2010 in order to go further with the initial
collaboration started during the workshop;

b) collaboration with Romanian Cultural Institute:
During the residence, we established a good connection with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm.
Following two meetings, RCI Stockholm is interested in supporting the premiere of the work in Sweden in
Summer / Fall 2011.

c) The first format of the project was tested during the two-hour informal presentation. The presentation was attended live by approx. 10 people from Stockholm and 3 Romanian audience members (via online video chat). Following the presentation Cosmin and Stefania discussed with the participants regarding the project idea and format.

Further Remarques
Based in our own experience we would like to propose you some changes which might improve the Jardin
d’Europe “Wild Card” residence in Stockholm:

a)the period of the residence in Stockholm should be changed according to the possibilities, either to early
Spring (April, May) or early Fall (September) in order to allow attendance to cultural events in Stockholm.
June proved to be scarce in providing opportunities to attend dance performances and other artistic events
that could allow a better knowledge of the context.

b)a higher production budget/artist fee should be allocated for next residence by the two partners (Cullberg
Ballet and 4Culture Association) to the invited Romanian artists in order to support the necessary research/
production expenses. We would like to thank you for the 400 Euro fee offered by Cullberg Ballet for the
production, that was used to cover the expenses needed for our research and final presentation.

c)the per diem offered to the invited artists should be increased from 30 euro to the amount of 35 euro/day.
The daily life in Stockholm is very expensive (even if you buy food in supermarket and cook at home).
Finally, we would like to thank to Anna Grip, Margareta Wall, Monika Fredriksson, Jane Hopper and all
Cullberg Ballet staff for hosting us in an excellent two-week residence and providing to our project a safe
and protected space for research and documentation. Special thanks also to Andreea Capitanescu
(4Culture Association) for her kind support.

Please note that a DVD with visual material from the residence will reach Cullberg Ballet by post in the
coming weeks.

Report by Stefania Ferchedau & Cosmin Manolescu

August 25, 2010
Serial Paradise Company, Bucharest, Romania

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