Art by Andreea Gherasim
Feedback from readers:
Thank you so much for your book. You have expended a lot of care and time on it. The book reads like our old conversations and seemed to me like talking to you face-to-face about so many ideas framed in ways new to me. The voice of the professor seemed to strive with the voice of the poet and whole paragraphs could be re-done as stanzas of poetry.
Love to you and your family,
I think Gratia Cantantes is gorgeous, life giving, thorough, very nearly a complete human beings’ operation manual.
Thank you Gabriel. I've been reading your book, fabulous and you are so deep.
You express yourself in an amazing way! Thank you very much for switching on the light on these behaviors that we learn from the abusers and that we perpetuate as former victims. Thank God there is a way out, and this has become my mission in life! This is why I am a transformation life specialist, to help and inspire individual to break free from trauma, lack, and limitation that can be induced by abusive relationships. I clearly appreciate your writing, as you trigger point where it did hurt for 15 years in my case until I decided to follow the healing-transformation route that then led me to becoming a healer to give a helping hand. -Gemma ❤ Serenity 1st degree connection1st
Exerpts from Gratia Cantantes (Recogniscience Therapy)
Art by Andreea Gherasim
Feedback from readers:
I briefly met your father around 2007 at a book fair and I think your mother was busy speaking intensely w a couple. I did not read his book until a year later and reread it again recently.
I lived a life of poverty and racism in a semi-apartheid small town in south Texas and I have met several individuals like your father who prevailed against the darkest of evil using love and wisdom as weapons in China, Russia, the Ukraine, South Africa and Latin America. Romania’s legacy to the world needs strong advocacy and your family has helped.
I salute you on your own achievements and the legacy of love, wisdom, discipline and perspective that your family represents.
I agree w your premise that Americans need to deeply understand what a Communist/truly authoritarian government does and can do to allow us to appreciate our forms of more democratic government along with the refinements still needed to create a more just society.
-David R. Sanchez, FL
Twists, turns, traditions of Eastern Europe
These Eastern European performers officially brought the first annual PSU Art in Spring festival to an end.
The weeklong event, which showcased performance and fine art from PSU students, turned the Park Blocks and Multicultural Center into art galleries and performance halls.
The World Dance Office used the week to offer an Eastern European dance workshop, capped by Friday evening’s event.
“Our goal is to constantly expose PSU and the community to diverse forms of dance,” Christine Stapleton, the World Dance Office coordinator, said.
The duo of Rodica Bordeianu and Leonid Nosov changed dances, music and costumes to stomp from Ukraine, prance through Moldova and spin to Russia.
Bordeianu, originally from Moldova, showed versatility, grace and balance as she combined traditional forms of dance with a touch of ballet.
Nosov, a native of Ukraine, jumped, glided and stomped in Eastern European folkloric fashion.
The performers, consistent with traditional character dances, commonly joined hands and mirrored each other’s swaying of the head, kicking of the legs and distinct facial expressions.
“Each country has a different style because their steps, dance and culture are totally different,” Bordeianu said.
The folkdance performer and instructor has been dancing since she was five and toured the world with the National Ensemble of Moldova, before settling in Portland almost two years ago.
At one point during the Russian dance, the duo began a fast spinning barrage that made the wooden floor seem like an ice rink.
The traditional clothing consisted of blouses, skirts and pants of stark red, blue, white and black, topped with detailed embroidery, leather boots and belts.
Despite the simple black and white keys of the accordion, the instrument, which provided music during the various costume changes, added flair and excitement to the event.
Georghe Borcea, a professional accordion player from Romania, wasted little time introducing himself, but instead let his music do the talking.
The speed of his fingers, blazing rhythm and harmonious melody impressed the audience.
The whistling, clapping and heel stomping of the approximately onlookers proved this.
“Georghe is amazing and his music brilliant” Claudia Stern, an audience member, said. “I never thought an accordion player could be so cool.”
The grin on his face and swaying body, clothed in a yellow shirt and slacks made it look easy.
Gabriel Gherasim, who introduced the three performers, closed the event with a poem about his memories of his native Transylvania, Romania.
La 1 aprilie 1941 câteva mii de români, chemaţi de dorul libertăţii, şi-au îndreptat paşii spre Fântâna Albă...
Dar, pentru mulţi acest drum era fară întoarcere...
Ucigaşii au aşteptat cu degetul pe trăgaci, până când mulţimea a ieşit la lizieră... Şi a început măcelul. Era un adevărat iad de la pământ până la cer. În ochii mei un flăcău voinic purtând tricolorul s-a prăbuşit într-un lac de sânge... În învălmăşeală m-am pierdut de fratele meu... Întregul câmp era o spaimă, oamenii cădeau ca frunzele de brumă... Soldaţii trăgeau fară întrerupere, cu precădere în grupurile compacte... Aproape inconştient am început să fug prin desiş. Moartea mă păştea la fiecare pas. Obosit peste măsură, rămâneam în urma celorlalţi fugari, rătăceam, ajungeam din nou la locul de unde pornisem... Vântul mi-a adus un bocet şoptit. Am pornit după el. Într-un pâlc de brazi câteva femei se tânguiau deasupra unei neveste care-şi dădea ultima suflare. Muribunda strângea la pieptul sângerând un băieţel de vreo doi anişori... O femeie a smuls copilaşul din braţele mamei care şi-a dat sufletul. Apoi toate au dispărut fară de urmă... Noaptea, grăbită, se aşeza peste copaci... Se auzeau încă împuşcături sporadice, la care tresăream ca muşcat de şarpe...
… Fără să avem o cifră exactă a celor ucişi sau deportaţi de regimul sovietic, în 1940-1941, cercetătorii români ai problemei estimează că la Fântâna-Albă, la 1 aprilie 1941, au fost înpuşcaţi 1.500 de oameni, iar pe 13 iunie 1941 au fost ridicaţi pentru a fi deportaţi 13.000 etnici români - după unii cercetători, după alţii – 41.000[i].
[i] Vezi: Marian Olaru. Consideraţii preliminare despre demografie şi geopolitică pe teritoriul Bucovinei// Analele Bucovinei. – Tomul VIII. – Partea I. – Bucureşti: Editura Academiei Române, 2001. – P. 179-181.
Romanii Din Bucovina
Pointe, Grand jeté … Profession and Life-style for Rodica Bordeianu
Posted On 02 Jun 2012
Rodica Bordeianu, renowned international dancer and model, visited Ecuador. After a period spent in several dance schools of Guayaquil, she shared with Ecuadortimes details of her career as a dancer and her impressions on this art form in Guayaquil.
Classical Ballet, Balkan, Gypsy, Spanish, Israeli, Jazz and Latin dances are only a part of Romanian dancer, Rodica Bordeianu’s repertoire.
At the age of 7 she began with rhythmic gymnastics and eventually transferred to the art of Dance. Classical, traditional and contemporary dance became her profession and a life-long vocation.
“Dance is a form of communication to express feelings that sometimes words cannot say … It’s more than just a physical activity; it is a continuously developing human experience … It projects intellectual and emotional strength inside and outside the artist’s dance world.”
Rodica Bordeianu’s experience with this art form began at the National Academy of the Arts and the National Dance Company of Moldova Joc, with rigorous training schedules, which were following a disciplined regimen that prepared her for the subsequent international performances around the world.
“In our (formerly) Communist country, the traditional education for artists and athletes was like being in the Navy. The activities concentrated on an elite group of students carefully selected, lasted from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week, with the exception of some rare periods of vacation, which we could spend with our families.”subsequent international performances around the world.
Rodica Bordeianu currently lives in New York, where her extensive knowledge of this art has brought her illustrious successes and recognition. She recently performed and choreographed for several performances at Carnegie Hall. In addition, it also led her in the American heartland of classrooms at public schools, private academies and various universities, where she taught classes and workshops from Ballet to Eastern European, to Character, World Dance, and to Jazz dance-forms. She will be teaching classical and character dance at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet Summer Intensive with the American Ballet Theater.
She recently earned the title of Master of Art from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at the New York University and with it she has began to transmit her knowledge to her students by using pedagogical concepts and guidelines from the ABT curriculum. Rodica is certified to teach levels Primary through 7 and Partnering, in American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum.
Her dancer’s figure and posture have taken her to other opportunities, such as to model for Industrial Molinera, Wella and the Russian Souvenir Dancewear Company. “Professional dance is a highly structured discipline, which requires on-going persistence and determination. Dancers must devote at least four hours a day to it….additionally I also take yoga classes … I like to eat simple foods, healthy, organic and unaltered by preservatives… I believe that everything in moderation is the key.”
Regarding her impressions on the dance education in Guayaquil, Rodica observed that unlike with the concentrated impetus on a limited elite group of dance students in Communist countries, where the main population was excluded from the experience of dance, in Ecuador, dance is more available for recreational purposes.
However, she noticed that in Guayaquil ballet classes are more available for young children than adults. Miss Bordeianu also noted that Guayaquil and Quito have dance companies using teachers from Eastern Europe, who teach their students both the technique and the repertoire of classical ballet.
Rodica believes that every person should have the opportunity to study dance. She advocates for the importance of studying dance as an independent academic discipline, because it develops in the students their total human essence. Teaching dance in its totality, as a fine art, as an academic discipline and as a human experience, allows for students to be better attuned to themselves and to the world. ” I believe that without an artistic experience such as dance, a person may miss experiencing fully his/her life”.
Pointe, Demi-plié, Grand jeté … This is Dance as a profession and as life-style for Rodica Bordeianu. (FL) https://www.ecuadortimes.net/pointe-grand-jete-profession-and-life-style-for-rodica-bordeianu/
Mulțumesc din inimă pentru extraordinarele dumneavoastră realizări și sunt cu totul de acord că aceste cărți, texte trebuie cunoscute de întreaga românime în primul rând și prin traduceri de oamenii de pretutindeni.
Am putea, cu bunăvoința dumneavoastră si cu citarea site-ului web ce vă aparține, să reproducem texte din lucrările editate de dumneavoastră în revista de notorietate pe care o păstorim, Contact international.
Cu toată considerația,
-Acad. Liviu Pendefunda
Va multumesc pentru invatatura care mi-o transmiteti. Ma ajuta foarte mult pe langa ceea ce invat la facultate (studiez psihologie) fiindca imi da o perspectiva diferita si ma ajuta sa evaluez ceea ce invat mult mai bine. Ma provoaca sa caut mai mult in acest domeniu si sa incerc sa aplic ceea ce invat in viata mea. Am fost fascinata sa aflu ca obiceiurile noastre, fie in gandire ori in fapte, afecteaza cum ne dezvoltam fizic/biologic si mental/spiritual. Stiind asta ma face sa imi analizez viata si alegerile mele cu mai multa seriozitate ,indiferent de influentele din jurul meu. Deci este important sa ne gestionam gandurile spre o perspectiva pozitiva de recunostinta si prin urmare faptele noatre sa fie in concordanta cu acea perspectiva. Asta se aplica si la social media dupa cum ati spus; conteaza intentiile noastre si in consecinta faptele.
Domnule Gabriel Gherasim am primit cartea Gratia Cantantes (Recogniscience Therapy) si credeti-ma nu am destule cuvinte ca sa va multumesc.
Este extrem de interesanta si erudita, intr o forma superba. Nici o surpriza aici caci este de altfel ca tot ce expuneti in public sau personal.
Sunt recunoscatoare lui Dumnezeu ca din cand in cand intalnim oameni ca dvs. Faceti parte din minoritatea aceea pentru care inca Pamantul mai.suporta umanitatea.
Mii de multumiri