Move! Dance! (2014)

 

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In the piece Move! Dance! I am investigating the concept of nostalgia in relation to the marks left by a Communist past on Romania. Following up previous work and research, this work explores the way in which these inherited, communist ideologies become apart of the Romanian migrating community’s consciousness. Terms such as “abroad” and “the West” seem to bear idealistic connotations for Eastern Europeans; it presents itself as being a “better” cultural and economical option which would bring the individual closer to achieving an “improved”, “better” self. I find that this created self image could be linked with the conditioning of the previous totalitarian regime and the ideals of perfection and excellence which where imposed on the post ’89 Romanian society.