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Anna Nowicka "This is the real thing", photo by Maurycy Stankiewicz

Gdańsk/Polish Dance Platform 2019: Anna Nowicka "This is the Real Thing"

5 September 2019 | 16:30 | Gdańsk: Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, ul. Wojciecha Bogusławskiego 1

performance presentation

As part of Polish Dance Platform 2019 Anna Nowicka will present her performance This is the Real Thing.


About the performance:


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.




The Polish Dance Platform aims to seek out and promote the most interesting original dance productions made in Poland or by Polish choreographers. The finale of the forthcoming edition of the Polish Dance Platform will be held on 5-8 September 2019 in Gdańsk.


For the first time, the Polish Dance Platform will also feature the Kids Dance Platform – a showcase of dance performances dedicated to young audiences. The programme of the Kids Dance Platform encompasses performance presentations, a panel discussion and accompanying events. The Kids Dance Platform will be held on 30-31 August 2019 at the Miniatura Theater
in Gdańsk


The Polish Dance Platform is organized by the Insitute of Music and Dance and co-organized by Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw Association and Polka dot Foundation. The main partner of the event is the Institute of Adam Mickiewicz. Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.


Partners of the project: European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, City Culture Institute, Miniatura City Theatre, The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Baltic Opera House, Wybrzeże Theatre, Club ŻAK, Gdynia Film School, Colony of Artists, POLsail, Janina Jarzynówna-Sobczak Ballet School, Twoja Stocznia, 100cznia.


Media partners: "Didaskalia. Gazeta Teatralna", Magazyn "Presto",,, Radio Gdańsk S.A., "Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto//Co Jest Grane 24", TVP Kultura, TVP2.




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