RAMANENJANA – A public lecture about a dance epidemic

Simona Deaconescu (Romania)

Recommended for audiences 16+

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A public lecture featuring Romanian choreographer and filmmaker Simona. Deaconescu, discussing the creative process behind Ramanenjana, a performative docufiction about a dance that literally made history. Ramanenjana has been described in historical documents as a “choreomania” or “dance epidemic” in which more than 20,000 people danced with supernatural resistance from February to May. This little-known event began in 1863 in southern Madagascar with the arrival of French colonial forces, and spread like a pilgrimage (or a virus?) to Antananarivo, the political centre. The French withdrew, only returning in 1895.

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