Simona Deaconescu is a Romanian choreographer and filmmaker working across genres and formats. She examines social constructs, at the border of science-fiction and objective reality, sometimes with irony and black humour.
Deaconescu holds a BA and a MA from the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. She received the danceWEB scholarship (2014), the CNDB – National Centre for Dance in Bucharest Award (2016), was an Aerowaves Twenty18 Artist (2018), and a Springboard Danse Montréal Emerging Choreographer (2019). She has developed new work connected with microbiology and virtual reality settings as an artist in residence of the European Projects “Moving Digits” and “Biofriction” in 2019 and 2020. In 2022, she will be an associate artist at CNDB.
In 2020, Simona Deaconescu started researching historical dance plagues, which led her to create Choreomaniacs, a docu-fiction performance about the 1518 Dance Epidemic in Strasbourg, premiered at CNDB in Bucharest. In 2022, she will be a Forecast Mentee Artist, mentored by French choreographer Mathilde Monnier, and a PACT Zollverein artist in residence, with “Ramanenjana”, a new docu-fiction performance about the 1863 dance epidemic in Madagascar. Her research will continue in Aachen and Koln, with a grant from Dance Research NRW, focusing on the 1374 River Rhine Dance Plague.