Don't Go For Second Best, Baby! (Ania Nowak)
"Don’t Go For Second Best, Baby!" is a choreography of support and emergence. Backup dancing is about bodies in movement practicing being in relation to the center, do each other and to choreography understood as a shared, spontaneous plan. This dance is made collectively out of many intersecting monologues. Backup dancers generate movement of support on an empty stage as a clear center they could refer to is missing. What does it mean to take care of somebody else’s dance? Or to be with someone through dance? This dance approaches improvisation as a strategy of resistance against the politics of command and hierarchies. Bodies moving in the background insist on dance’s abilityto create formats of being and thinking which don’t have to stay on the periphery.
In the context of Introducing - the Newcomer's Platform of Performing Arts Festival Berlin.
In a double presentation with "OBNIMASHKI". Visitors interested in the Introducing series can purchased a discounted combination ticket for all performances in the series.
Sophiensæle, Sophienstraße 18, Mitte, 10178 Berlin
Rollstuhlfahrende und Gehbehinderte möchten wir bitten, sich im Vorfeld bei uns anzumelden.
Concept and choreography: Ania Nowak
Dance and creative collaboration: Julek Kreutzer, Julia Plawgo
Dramaturgical assistance: Mateusz Szymanówka
Light design: Łukasz Kędzierski / Cathy Walsh
Costume: Melanie Jame Wolf
Remix: Jayson Patterson
A production by Ania Nowak. Funded by the Senatsverwaltung fur Kultur und Europa. Kindly supported by the Polish Institute Berlin and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Thanks to HZT Berlin. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung
The first version of the piece was produced by Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in the frame of Solo Projekt Plus 2016. Artistic coaching: Bush Hartshorn.
Ania Nowak’s choreographic practice approaches vulnerability and desire as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can do. She is currently interested in love as a strategy of producing knowledge and in companionship as a dance making tool. Her works have been presented at Sophiensaele and AdK in Berlin, Het Veem in Amsterdam, Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, Arts Santa Mónica in Barcelona and Kulturhuset in Stockholm, a.o. Ania received Einstiegsförderung 2017 from the Berliner Senat as well as DanceWeb scholarship at Impuls Tanz Festival 2014 in Vienna. She graduated from “Dance/ Context/ Choreography” at HZT Berlin.
The Sophiensæle is one of the most important locations for German-speaking independent art-production. Artists from Berlin, as well as the national and international theatre-scene are invited to produce and present their works here. They are selected on the basis of their artis-tic concepts, contents, and working schemes. The theatre is home to cultural discourse and a vast mix of artistic genres – from theatre, dance and music, to performance and visual art - which complement each other and enjoy a productive dialogue. Alongside many young artists searching for new theatrical languages and forms of expression, a number of established artists and companies have longstanding partnerships with the Sophiensæle.