The Romanian “Joc”: music, dance, connection and ancestrality

(by Bogdan Octav) While we were working on this project, we realized as soon as we wanted to translate the original name “Casa Jocului” into English, that the noun “joc” (pronounced “zhok”, literally: “the play”) bears a very specifical concept, that is very familiar to most Romanians, especially among the elder generations. But interesting enough, […]

Community Arts

The most simple definition of community arts would be the following question: How can you do a circle dance (hora) alone? There are some art forms that acquire their meaning through the participation of a community. These cannot be practiced individually, because they would lose their meaning. The essence of these art forms  – without […]