Anna Nowicka, "This is the Real Thing"

I crush my skin’s landscape. I roll it up, put it on, drop it, move it, reveal it, hide it, send it back. Searching, losing and finding it, in the absolute here and now, before “it is!”. I am slowly transforming, constantly forming, I unexpectedly destroy, knot, tear apart and carefully unscrew. The endless process of becoming enchanted into a visible image/object. I put together a poetic, fleshy album for newspaper clippings, mythical stories heard by chance and carefully hidden dreams.

This is the Real Thing, or “this is it / this is the real thing” is a piece where the body is at the centre of the performance. A single dancer creates and deconstructs her environment, playing in the landscape of visual meanings and possible references. Her own body flickers and transforms, remaining in the process of continuous becoming. Various qualities, textures, fragments of emotions, associations, situations, intentions, characters, actions, become embodied, but none of them is fixed in the form of a visual object. The physical body functions rather as an infinite hypertext, referring the viewer to more and more new associations. The dialogue between the real body and its visual representations raises the question of what the body actually is, how we perceive it and to what extent we can consciously construct it.
choreography, performance: Anna Nowicka
dramaturgy: Mateusz Szymanówka
light design: Aleksandr Prowaliński
music: Adam Świtała
costumes: Tanja Padan / Kiss the future
photographs: Katarzyna Szugajew
production: Nowy Teatr in Warsaw
coproduction: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
partners: artistic residency in Fabrik Potsdam and Centrum w Ruchu (Centre in Motion)

premiere: 7 November 2018, Nowy Teatr in Warsaw

duration: 50 minutes

The premiere held as part of WIDENING THE FIELD choreographic program by Nowy Teatr and Art Stations Foundation. Curator: Joanna Leśnierowska.

The performance features nudity.

Anna Nowicka – graduated from the SEAD dance school in Salzburg, the Ernst-Busch/HZT in Berlin, also receiving a master’s in psychology from the University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on the relation between the dancing and sleeping body, and on the notions related to the choreography of the imagined. In her practice she investigates a multiplicity of seeing perspectives and possibilities of using different points of view as tools to discover and reveal all possible images, even those seemingly unavailable to the eye. She considers choreographing as a continuous examination of the relation and tension between the creative process and its outcome. She practices dreaming at the School of Images under the supervision of dr Cathering Shainberg, and works with dreams under Bonnie Buckner, dividing her time between Berlin and Poland.

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Art Station Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk print