Ramona Poenaru


“We may imagine a time when, in the infancy of the human race, some enterprising mortal crept into a hollow in a rock for shelter. Every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold. It plays house, as well as horse, having an instinct for it. (…) From the cave we have advanced to roofs of palm leaves, of bark and boughs, of linen woven and stretched, of grass and straw, of boards and shingles, of stones and tiles. At last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think”.

Henry David Thoreau – Walden or Life in the Woods

Ramona Poenaru, multimedia artist and performer, and Gaël Chaillat, actor and theatre director, together created Des châteaux en l’air (Castles in the Air) company in order to develop projects that hybridize their different artistic disciplines, and thus may include performances, devices, installations and events. Since 2013, their research is founded on educational, philosophical, scientific, anthropological and architectural exploration. Each proposed project involves, at least at some point in the process, a form of audience or public participation. Des châteaux en l’air define humanity as the main subject of their creations. Their imaginative worlds are inspired by the invention of artistic machines that create links between people. “Cabanes” (Cabins) is a global project by the company that includes several creative forms that all aim to offer the audience new ways of creating dialogue.