Production Details / Press Releases
In THIS IS THE REAL THING (VR), a dancer traverses multiple layers of realities: a body that flickers, shimmers, constantly multiplying itself. A body that allows the multiplicity of its possibilities in manifold realities to appear.
The piece originates in the choreographic work This Is The Real Thing, premiered in 2018 at Nowy Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. It attentively gazes at the movement material transforming it into a VR installation as well as a new stage performance. This new two-folded work continues the investigation of the audience’s gaze and imagination in focusing on the cinematic aspects of Anna Nowicka’s practice. In collaboration with filmmaker Stella Horta, Anna is moving away from capturing or shooting an image towards the possible tenderness of imaging and being present as a performer and observer. In the synchronicity of seeing and be- ing seen, of what is tangible and imagined, a third, shared space unravels, where these dichotomies fall open.
Anna Nowicka is a Berlin based choreographer working with dreams and embodied imagination. Graduate of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), MA Choreography at the HfS Ernst-Busch / HZT in Berlin and MA Psychology at the Warsaw University, she wrote her practice based PhD on embodied awareness as the foundation for being present at the Polish Film School in Łódź. She is a certified Saphire® teacher of Dr. Catherine Shainberg’s “The School of Images”, developing her own choreographic language based on the work’ s principles.
Jasmine Guffond is an artist and composer working at the interface of social, political and technical infrastructures. Focused on electronic composition across music and art contexts her practice spans live performance, recording, installation and custom made browser add-on. She has also released solo records with the Sonic Pieces, Karl Records and Editions Mego labels.
Aleksandr Prowaliński is polish and belarussian multidisciplinary artist. He’s an author of numerous lighting projects (for theater, opera and performance), as well as paintings, and graphics. Regardless which medium he chooses, Prowaliński is focused on making a deep and long lasting emotional impact on a viewer.
Stella Horta is a video artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. Stella works with more-than-human perspectives and somatic research to create films, video sculptures, and live video. Her work is shown in galleries, theaters, and cinemas.
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Cast & Credits
Artistic direction, choreography, dance: Anna Nowicka
Live Video, VR Film: Stella Horta
Light and set design: Aleksandr Prowaliński
Music, Sound: Jasmine Guffond
Voice Over: Nina Hynes
Third Eye: Jette Büchsenschütz
Costume assistance: Michael Sieweke
Graphic design: Filip Bojovic
Press and public relations: Yven Augustin
Production Management: M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art
Dramaturgy This Is The Real Thing (2018): Mateusz Szymanówka
Costume design This Is The Real Thing (2018): Kiss The Future / Tanja Padan
The original movement material from the solo was created and presented in 2018 as part of the program “widening the field”, a co-production of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw and the Art Stations Foundation in Poznan.
A co-production of Anna Nowicka and DOCK ART supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Programme Dance.
DOCK 11 / DOCK ART GmbH
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
Anna Nowicka / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Anna Nowicka: Interview / Portrait Anna Nowicka (2019)
- Anna Nowicka: Flicker (2021)
- Anna Nowicka: 7 (A research presentation) (2020)
- Anna Nowicka: Eye Sea (2019)
- Anna Nowicka: Raw Light (2018)
- Anna Nowicka: HERS (2015)
- Anna Nowicka: Bewegungsschreiber 2 | rost (2012)
- Anna Nowicka: Fire is raging in your hair (2012)