East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Call for participants: Emotional Europe for young Belgians and Romanians


Deadline: September 20, 2018

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Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Bucharest) and Next Generation, Please! festival organised by BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels are launching a call for participants for 11 young people from Belgium and Romania interested in participating to an artistic exchange project to take place in Bucharest and Brussels between November 2018 – May 2019. Developed by Romanian choreographer Cosmin Manolescu, Emotional Europe proposes to zoom into the life, interests and politics of the new generation, but also reflect on experiences that propose to go beyond the comfort zone and on the new trends in contemporary art, by using the concept of emotional body and by questioning the role of activism in Europe today. What does it mean to be emotional today? What does it mean to be a European citizen? What is the future of Europe and how can we contribute to it right now?

The project will be developed in two short residencies-emotional trips in Bucharest and Brussels, through a series of workshops, seminars and meetings with activists and politicians in from Belgium and Romania. Those interested should be available to participate in the project residencies (approx. 12 working days, 5-6 hours/ day) and to take part in a series of discussions and seminars with artists, activists and politicians focusing on the future of Europe. The result of the exchange will be presented in the frame of Next Generation, Please! festival to take place on May 9-10, 2019 at BOZAR in Brussels.


  • To be open and have an interest in discovering new cities and contemporary art forms as well as to share their opinions about what means to be European today.
  • Born between January 1993 and January 2000, respectively being between 18-25 years old at the date of the project start, and residents in Romania or Belgium.
  • Fluency in English or French and able to travel and participate in two exchange residencies to take place between January 10-18, 2019 in Bucharest and between May 1-10, 2019 in Brussels.
  • Belgium applicants should be able to participate in two seminars in Brussels on November 25, 2018 and April 25, 2019.
  • The visual artists or the bloggers applicants should be able to create content and document with photos/video/text the whole exchange and artistic process on a blog dedicated to the project.
  • Emerging artists from various disciplines are welcome to apply, the experience in contemporary dance is not necessary.


  • The opportunity to participate in an artistic project, meet new people, make new friends and experience the world of contemporary dance.
  • The opportunity to travel for free to Romania (for Belgium participants) and to Belgium (for Romanian participants) for approx. 7-10 days (all travelling costs – plane ticket, accommodation, per diem and cultural programme will be covered through the project).
  • The possibility to work with a Romanian choreographer as well to meet other artists, activists and politicians from Romania and Belgium.
  • All participants will receive a fee.

Those interested are invited to send a letter of interest, mentioning the motivation to talk part in the project and including a few lines about their personal view on Europe today, two photos (one portrait) and a biography/CV, to the email [email protected]. Emerging visual artists and bloggers are required to include links to their artistic projects, texts or a portfolio. The application deadline is September 20, 2018, the results of the selection will be announced by end of September. Five participants from each country will be selected.
For all interested Belgium applicants, Cosmin Manolescu will lead a dance workshop and organise a meeting in BOZAR on September 10, between 18:00-21:00. For the Romanian participants, Cosmin Manolescu will also organise a meeting in Bucharest on September 15 (date and location to be confirmed). For details about the project write to [email protected].

COSMIN MANOLESCU is choreographer, performer, cultural expert and executive director of Gabriela Tudor Foundation, Bucharest. His performances and projects, at the border between performance-dance-happening were successfully presented in Bucharest, New York, Paris, Lyon, Rome, Dublin, Porto, Amsterdam, Beirut, Riga, etc., receiving awards at festivals in Romania and abroad. From 1998 he has been regularly leading workshops for dance professionals, actors, amateurs and children in Romania and abroad. In his over 20 years of professional activity he organised hundreds of cultural projects (festivals, artistic research projects, performances, residencies, workshops) and had an important role in the promotion and development of contemporary dance in Romania. In 2014, the National Dance Centre Bucharest granted an excellency award to Cosmin Manolescu for his contribution to the development of contemporary dance. Between 2012-2014, he was artist director of the ZonaD – Serial Paradise studio in Bucharest, and between 2011-2015 of the E-Motional European programme. In 2013 he initiated the Romanian-Japanese artistic exchange project Eastern Connection, in whose framework he also realised the performance “the kite or what is contemporary dance”. In 2016 he launched the concept of emotional journeys, by organising contemporary dance retreats and cultural trips in India (2016), Portugal (2017) and Japan (2018). His recent shows include [Fragile], an E-Motional coproduction developed together with Giselda Ranieri (IT) and Tanja Andreeva (NO), and “Journey towards Myself”, created in the frame of the “dance#wanderer” artistic project (launched in 2017).

Emotional Europe is a project produced by Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania) and Next Generation, Please! festival organised by BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, in connection with Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The project is part of the on-going artistic programme “dance#wanderer” (www.danswanderer.ro) developed by Cosmin Manolescu, which speaks about the philosophy of experiential travel.



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