Judith State – Hardrive – Deep inside, Ember

Judith State – Hardrive – Deep inside, Ember

In the frame of the Creative Crossroad activity, Judith State was selected by 4 Culture to receive a 2 years structural support by the LLB network to work amongst others on her production "Ember".

This support includes a co-production support by 4Culture and residencies at Veem House Amsterdam and Uferstudios Berlin.

“It’s hard to create something, to do actually anything at all – the regular things – without being constantly reminded that the world – meaning each and every one of us – is in a tremendous shift that will hopefully subsequently forever change our old ways. Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s time to drop the need to perform, to produce, to show – all of which stand at the top of our daily life necessities and activities – and embrace as much as we can the authenticity we talk so often about but seem to actually forget. Maybe there’s a lot in doing not much or nothing at all. Maybe less spectacular and just regular makes it human even more.”

Judith State is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Bucharest, with a classical ballet foundation and a foreign language bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish. She likes to search and manifest herself through movement, acting and singing and, in the past few years, she’s been juggling with these means of expression in contemporary performances, theatre works and film.

Her current research (which also involves musician Radu Dumitriu and István Téglás, performer, deals with the processes of remembering and traveling back in time to the very personal layers of childhood and her half Hungarian roots, tackling questions such as “how the intercultural mixture sets the prospects of an “undecided” personality?” and “how much do we belong to our early experiences and our molding and interpretation of them?”. It is thus mainly an autobiographical approach that generally combines movement, spoken text, singing and electronic live music all together.

She is also interested in ways of “arranging” and choreographing ordinary, pedestrian movement and transforming usual bodily sounds into music, and she will focus in her following work on the “humanity” of everyday life in movement.


"Something from childhood and something from playing, something from the seriousness and anxiety of adulthood, a little bit of how we love at different ages and how we sometimes wish we could stop time. Memories. Images that our minds randomly decide to keep and project over and over again.


A small capsule for future intelligence.


Ember means human."

Working and presentation dates:

1.07.2020 – 16.10.2020: residency, research & production, rehearsal period WASP Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest

17.10.2020: Ember Performance premiere the frame of eXplore festival #15, at The National Romanian Literature Museum, followed by an after talk with the artists

18.10.2020 – 30.10.2020: short video production, currently in post-production.


EMBER it’s been developed within Hardrive – Deep inside,  a cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The new creation is developed within Creative Crossroads project, within Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Gallery pics © 4Culture

Judith State – Ember

04.11.22 - 05.11.22

WASP Bucharest (RO)


Premiere Judith State – Ember

21.10.22 - 22.10.22

WASP Bucharest


Residency Judith State at Uferstudios Berlin

01.08.22 - 14.08.22

Uferstudios Berlin (DE)


Residency Judith State at Veem House Amsterdam

26.06.22 - 10.07.22

Veem House Amsterdam


Judith State – Hardrive – Deep inside, Ember

17.10.20 - 17.10.20

Bucharest (RO)

supported/organized by 4Culture