Anna Nowicka

This Is The Real Thing

This Is The Real Thing,
photo Maurycy Stankiewicz

This Is The Real Thing
This Is The Real Thing,
photo Maurycy Stankiewicz

Anna Nowicka is a Polish choreographer working with dreams and embodied imagination. She graduated from SEAD in Salzburg, MA choreography at the Ernst-Busch Theater Academy / HZT in Berlin and MA psychology at the Warsaw University. She wrote her doctoral dissertation at PWSFTviT in Lodz on embodied attention as the foundation for stage presence. Anna's work is rooted in an ongoing studio practice that extends into performance and pedagogical practice.


25 years of the night of dance Berlin / original title: 25 Jahren Tanznacht Berlin presentation of my performance The Opening
2023, Berlin
Sensitive chaos, choreography Shai Faran
2023, Berlin
This Is The Real Thing (VR), premiere in DOCK11 Berlin
2023, Berlin
walk + talk (35), presentation of the performance in the frame of ACROSS festival in Galerie Wedding
2022, Berlin
Flicker, premiere in DOCK11 Berlin, and further shows in Co - Festival in Ljubljana and Kana Theater in Szczecin
2021, Berlin, Ljubljana, Szczecin
Light house, residency within the #takecare program in Mousonturm
2021, Frankfurt am Mein
Cranky Bodies a/Company, grounding of the company and performances in DOCK11 Berlin
2020, Berlin
Eye Sea, premiere of the performance in Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater, HAU3 Berlin
2019, Berlin
Dance congress, curator: Meg Stuart, Hellerau
2019, Dresden
(Un)domesticated bodies – Live Feed, Choreography: Rosalind Crisp, Tanzfabrik Berlin Open Spaces
2018, Berlin


Mentoring Program for outstanding female artists and scientists at the University of the Arts, Berlin
2023, Berlin
Dance practice scholarship, Berlin's Senate for Culture and Europe
2022, Berlin
Scholarship for the Wellspring project from the Swiss Gwaertler Foundation
2020, Berlin
Artistic research scholarship at the Polish Film School in Lodz
2017, Lodz
Mentoring Programm of LAFT Berlin
2015, Berlin
Dance Scholarship from the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe
2014, Berlin
Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
2012, Berlin
DAAD prize - Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service
2012, Berlin

This Is The Real Thing


Anna Nowicka


  • Anna Nowicka Concept, performance
  • Mateusz Szymanówka Dramaturgy
  • Adam Świtała Music
  • Tanja Padan / Kiss The Future Costume
  • Aleksandr Prowaliński Light design

Performance synopsis

This is the real thing is a performance where the body is at its centre. A single dancer creates and deconstructs her environment, playing in the landscape of visual meanings and possible references. The physical body functions as an infinite hypertext, referring the viewer to yet further 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.

Duration45 " Crew *3 Artists1
Premiere 2018-11-07, Warsaw

* cast plus technical support

Promotional details
  • In the frame of choreographic program POSZERZANIE POLA by Nowy Teatr and Art Stations Foundation
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