Anna Nowicka is a dancer, choreographer, pedagogue, contemporary dance and yoga teacher. She says that she’s interested in working on the line between imagination and various genres of art. For the past few years, Anna Nowicka has been dividing her time between Poland and Berlin.
Dancer, choreographer and pedagogue.
It all started with a meeting with Anna Godowska, a dancer and choreographer involved with the Bretoncaffe Theatre. In a conversation with Ninateka.pl Anna Nowicka reminisced
That was the beginning of my fascination with contemporary dance
She gained experience in dance and choreography at the prestigious Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria (2006-2008) and at Ernst-Busch/HZT in Berlin (2010-2012), and the School of Images of dr. Catherine Shainberg in New York. She is also a graduate of Warsaw University's Faculty of Psychology. She has participated in many Polish and foreign dance workshops, she has also received many awards and scholarships, eg. DAAD Preis, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and Tanzstipendium in Berlin. Since 2010, she has been involved with the Poznań talent factory, the Old Brewery, where her first self-contained choreographies were created. Nowicka admits:
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I’m interested in working on the line between imagination and performative arts: dance and theatre. I create movement originating from an inner impulse, this is a result of working on myself, aesthetics is of secondary importance to me. My performances are diverse, separate works. I wish that 10 years from now I’ll have my own space and financial base enabling me to work as a teacher and to conduct research on dance and the search for movement.
She co-creates dance projects and performances in many European countries, including Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Germany and Poland. She has received many awards and scholarships - her performance fire is raging in your hair won the 100 GRAD festival held in the HAU theatre and performance centre in Berlin and the solo the truth is just a plain picture. said bob, produced in the framework of the Solo Projekt programme, was included in the programme of the Polish Dance Platform 2012. This year, in August, the latter performance will be one of two dance shows representing Polish art at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “Where does the line between that which is real and that which is fictitious lie? What can be found under the layers of illusion?” – asks Nowicka in the performance. Another solo is I never fall apart, because I never fall together, was presented for the first time in April 2014 and was created in co-operation with Ivona Šijaković during the artists' residency in Studio Słodownia +3 / Art Stations Foundation in Poznań. In 2016 Nowicka presented Dream States. The performance was accompanied by workshops she conducted in Warsaw's Nowy Theatre. In 2017 Nowicka made the solo Raw Light, which Paulina Trzeciak called 'an ambiental journey through dream, wakefulness and emotion'. In 2018 Nowicka's solo This Is the Real Thing premiered in Nowy Theatre in Warsaw.
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In a conversation with Anka Herbut Nowicka said the following about dreams:
When we fall asleep and our analytical reason shuts down, it is dreaming that becomes our chief form of communication with self. Every one of us does it differently, basing on a different reservoir of imaginations and everyday experiences. Dream dictionaries just don't work. I try to look at each dream individually instead of using universal symbols. We can be thinking of the same thing and you'll see different images from the ones I would, because your experience, sensitivity and needs can be different from mine.
She considers working with the Slovenian performer, choreographer, researcher, writer and expert on dreaming Mala Kline a very important artistic experience. In Ljubljana, Kline founded EMANAT – the Institute for the Affirmation of Contemporary Dance, whose mission is to spread work on dreams and imagination across the whole European Union. Nowicka focuses on relations between a dreaming body and a dancing body, and perspectives of looking at images and exploring their meanings through different points of view.
She also participated in Tomi Janezic’s post-diploma programme for performers. The Polish dancer has performed as a guest with the En-Knap Group, and also collaborates with Dragana Alfirevic. She has also taken part in projects created by Przemysław Wasilkowski and Willana Leo's improvisations in Budapest.
Except from artistic work, she is engaged in educational activities. In 2006 she received a diploma in teaching contemporary dance. From 2003 to 2005 she was an assistent to Anna Godowska at the Dance and Drama Studio in Warsaw, then she became a trainer in contemporary dance herself, at the Hanna Kamińska Dance and Drama Studio and yoga and contemporary dance trainer in Do it! programme at SEAD. She has also led workshops in modern dance and improvisation in Athens, Berlin, Zagreb, Warsaw, and Lublana.
sources: ninateka.pl, taniecpolska.pl, The Old Brewery, edited by: AL
translated by: Marek Kępa, updated May 2016 (ND), April 2019 (NS)