A Polish-Canadian dancer, choreographer and performer, Ramona Nagabczyńska's choreographic works and solo projects have been warmly received by critics. She collaborates with many acclaimed artists and institutions, and has performed at prestigious venues including the Tate Modern and the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Background and Debut
Born in 1984 in Toronto, she graduated from the Roman Turczynowicz Ballet School in Warsaw, after which she studied contemporary dance at Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. She also studied the same art at the British The Place and at the London Contemporary Dance School.
In 2009, in the framework of the SOLO PROJEKT program of the Stary Browar centre, she created her first performance presented in front of an audience, which was entitled Man’s Best Friend. A year later, on the stage of the Warsaw Stara Prochoffnia theatre, she presented an interdisciplinary dance-film experiment Turao/Dziw (Turao/Wonder), co-produced by Ciało/Umysł, in which she asked the audience as to who may rightfully nowadays claim to be an artist.
“I’m interested in entertaining dance. I see no reason for separating dancing that simply gives pleasure from dancing that may be presented on stage” – the dancer said in an interview for the portal taniecpolska.pl.
Dance or a Group
Ramona Nagabczyńska worked as a dancer for, amongst others, the Polish Dance Theatre, Zawirowania Dance Theatre, Marysia Stokłosa, Good Girl Killer, Darkin Ensemble, Tom Dale Company, Lucy Guerin and Carrie Cracknell. Presently the dancer is involved with Clod Ensemble, a British visual theatre supported by the famous Sadler’s Wells arts organization. She also collaborates with the choreographer David Wampach (France) and Kaya Kołodziejczyk. Nagabczyńska is a member of the U/LOI collective that consists of Polish choreographers and dancers, who chiefly work abroad.
In 2012, in the framework of Komuna Warszawa’s series re//mix, the artist prepared a piece inspired by the works of Trisha Brown (Accumulation and Accumulation with Talking Plus Water Motor). Nagabczyńska’s newest choreographic effort entitled New (Dis)Order showcased Polish contemporary dance at Fringe - the Scottish festival of independent theatres.
This rock and roll spectacle featuring Izabela Chlewińska, Magdalena Jędra and Mariusz Raczyński was seen by the guests of the famous Dance Base centre in Edinburgh. The music for this piece consisted amongst others of compositions by NEU!, Ścianka and David Bowie. Nagabczyńska admits that New (Dis)Order is a very personal performance about her relationship with her body, which was inspired, amongst others, by Gerhard Richter’s painting. The dancer is also involved with the Warsaw choreographic group Centrum w Ruchu.
Source: taniecpolska.pl, rp.pl, edited by: AL
Translated by: Marek Kępa