Simona Deaconescu, Vanessa Goodman


Simona Deaconescu is a Romanian choreographer, experimental filmmaker, and the artistic director of Tangaj Collective. She explores the crisis of perception in contemporary society and future scenarios of the body. She has presented works on stage, in galleries, museums, and unconventional spaces, reaching audiences from Europe and North America.

Vanessa Goodman is a Canadian dance artist and the artistic director of Artist at a Distance Society. She is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. Vanessa’s choreography has been presented in the UK, North and South America. Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations on the West Coast of Canada.



BLOT – Body Line of Thought

Conceived and performed by dance artists Simona Deaconescu and Vanessa Goodman, BLOT – Body Line of Thought is an interdisciplinary project that addresses the influence of microbiology on human behaviour.

BLOT focuses on the layers of bacteria on a person’s skin, as a unique fingerprint, a medium through which the act of contamination happens. Through sweat, we “infect” one another with bacteria. Salt is a restructuring, cleaning and binding agent. The human body can not survive without sodium. In BLOT our salts function as a conductor for creativity, electricity, and infection. Simona Deaconescu and Vanessa Goodman explore transferability and continuous oscillations. Their bodies are an acoustic event in reverberation.

The project is co-produced by Tangaj Collective (RO) and Action at a Distance (CA), in partnership with Plastic Orchid Factory (CA), The National Center for Dance Bucharest (RO) and STL – S├Áltumatu Tantsu Lava (EE), co-funded by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (RO).