FRI, July 13, 9 pm (Doors open at 8.30 pm) LA SALA at Cantina Royal 58 N 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 Read more about La Sala
SAT, July 21, 8 pm SUN, July 22, 5 pm Added performances in the framework of undergroundzero festival The Flamboyan Theatre @ Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center 107 Suffolk St New York, NY 10002
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York presents in collaboration with undergroundzero festival 2012 and LA SALA at Cantina Royal
City Ionescu’s ROMANYEAH! A Live Video Performance
In late June and July, come and groove to Romanyeah!, an immersive audio-video performance created by the shooting star of the Romanian underground scene, VJ and video designer Cinty Ionescu. Cinty is the Winner of the FringeNYC Excellence Award 2011 for Outstanding Video Design. All Cinty’s shows in New York are free of charge, welcoming video art and music lovers from all around town to take a walk on the wild East side with Cinty as she weaves an unconventional journey through vision and sounds of contemporary Romania.
The project, commissioned and presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York in collaboration with the undergroundzero festival 2012 and La Sala at Cantina Royal, will have a series of performances on June 30, July 1 and July 13 in Manhattan and Williamsburg. Extra dates have been added for July 21 and 22.
Romanyeah! has been conceived as a Romanian-American artistic collaboration blending a unique live mix of visuals and music. The theme is Romania, as seen by Cinty, presented for NYC audiences as a visual and musical journey through a land of cultural and social paradoxes. The set is performed live, combining digital and analog video. Visuals include a broad selection of samples from Cinty’s Romanian journeys, a slide projection from the artist’s childhood in communist Romania, mixed with videos of well known Romanian cultural landmarks, such as the Merry Graveyard in Maramureş, the works of Constantin Brâncuşi in the “forgotten city” of Târgu Jiu, or the monasteries and churches of Moldavia.
For Romanyeah! Cinty Ionescu has been working with acclaimed Brooklyn-based DJ, producer and mix engineer Brennan Green who created an original mix for the set. It includes Romanian music samples from classical, folk, traditional and gypsy music, to iconic songs from the ’30 and ‘40s, psychedelic rock of the '70s, and contemporary Romanian electro music, all of them mixed and integrated by Brennan Green into an original soundscape that relates to New York City club music grooves, while still being structured and inspired by the visuals used by Cinty.
This video work will be presented in NYC venues performed live by VJ Cinty who will be joined on stage by Brooklyn-based violist, violinist, electronic composer, multimedia artist, and curator Jeanann Dara. The series of performances kicks off on June 30 and July 1 in the framework of undergroundzero festival, at The Living Theatre in Manhattan. On July 13, Romanyeah! will travel in a different format to Williamsburg’s cutting edge club La Sala. Extra dates have been added by the undergroundzero festival where Romanyeah! will return on July 21 and 22, at the The Flamboyan Theatre of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Centre.
Watch two teasers of Romanyeah!:
Cinty Ionescu’s Romanyeah! was commissioned by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, as part of RCINY’s long term commitment and support to Romanian emerging arts.
Cinty Ionescu is a video designer that lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She started working as a producer, then as a video-maker for the online by day, while VJ-ing by night at parties with DJs and live bands (including as member of Brum Conspiracy) in different clubs and festivals around Romania. After spending a couple of years in the Bucharest underground and performing with a variety of musicians (from rave parties to jazz, experimental and nu-jazz concerts), Cinty got involved in another thrilling underground scene of her city – theatre. Since 2009 Cinty Ionescu video-designed over ten theater productions based on contemporary texts, from underground to large stage productions, including recent productions at the Odeon Theatre and the Romanian Opera in Bucharest. Cinty got also involved in the documentation of productions concerning Romania's recent history, has worked as a community artist with the elder and with autistic children, and experienced with a text-video installation in the form of a live multimedia poem performance (Eclectique Telescope). Cinty Ionescu presented her work in numerous national and international festivals and stages. In August 2011 she was awarded and Excellence Award at the Fringe New York City for Outstanding Video Design for the play Nils' Fucked Up Day by Peca Stefan, produced by the MONDAY Theatre @ Green Hours.
Cinty Ionescu is an independent video artist active in the underground music scene of Bucharest. The visual representations she operates, sometimes as interventions in the public space or shows and installations (Brum Conspiracy, Eclectique Telescope) reflect the artist's strong social engagement. She doesn't miss any occasion of taxing the modern obsessions for brands, corporations and malls. Her activism isn't aggressive, rather constructive. – Cristi Lupşa, Tabu magazine, September 2009, Bucharest.
Cinty Ionescu is the most significant presence in the alternative area of Romanian video art. – Sanda Watt, curator of Gender Zero video anthology, published by La Plic magazine, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
...smart use of video (a rarer thing than it should be)... The intensity is admirable and often funny, and Cinty's clever video design features porn re-edited to put Coke bottles, uh, front and center. (Your product here! Blech.) – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York (reviewing the production The Concretes in the undergroundzero festival 2010)
An outstanding video design by Cinty Ionescu accompanies the action, presenting a succession of eye-catching images. – Dan Bacalzano (TheaterMania.com on Nils' Fucked Up Day at the FringeNYC'11, august 2011)
DJ, producer and mix engineer Brennan Green is associated with a number of current styles of dance music – house, disco, leftfield, cosmic, baleric, post punk, electrofunk etc.– but no fashion or sub-sub-genre adequately describes Green's trademark sound. His productions on independent dance labels such as Daniel Wang's Balihu, Wurst Records and his own label, Chinatown, have an organic feel that is rare in modern dance music. Green's vinyl-only releases combine both acoustic and electronic instrumentation with syncopated rhythms and hypnotic basslines. As a remixer Brennan has also found a voice all his own with popular remixes for Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Liquid Liquid, Lindstrom, Franz Ferdinand and DFA. Most recently his remix of Damian Lazarus' Neverending (Get Physical) was picked for Pete Tong's Essential New Tune on Radio One. His New York parties Pop Your Funk (APT, ‘01-‘04) and Junky Blues (Flamingo East, ‘99-‘01) were instrumental in pioneering the current underground disco invasion and since then he has toured extensively through Japan, Australia, Europe, North/South America and Russia at many of the world's best underground parties. He's currently holding down a monthly residency at NYC's East Village jazz outpost Nublu (‘04-now).
"The juxtaposition between my forest here in Sweden and Brennan's urban jungle in Brooklyn was poetry in motion." – August Darnell (Village Voice, By Andy Beta, Sep 2011)
Jeanann Dara is a Brooklyn based artist in the field of performance encompassing a wide range of areas as a violist, violinist, electronic composer, multimedia artist, and curator. She has developed a unique voice synthesizing her classical music training, high art, experimental music and performance. Jeanann received her undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School and continued her education at New York University where she received her Masters degree in Multimedia Composition. As an instrumentalist and composer she is known for her electronic experimental work using extended techniques, digital effects processing, improvisation, and live sampling while keeping her roots solid with the extreme knowledge of music and understanding of her main instrument, the viola. She is a leading freelance violist playing with ensembles such as Wordless Music Orchestra and is an experienced lecturer with institutions UC Irvine, NYU, and Festivals throughout Italy, Spain and Romania. She gives her expert insight on multimedia and interdisciplinary collaboration and composition. She brings a unique elegant theatrical setting to composition and performance that could cross over to higher art.
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