In occasion of the Take Festival of Independent Fashion and Arts I had the opportunity to talk to a professional dancer.
Anna Marika Achimowicz is literally a multi talent. Working as a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, GYROKINESIS® trainer and physiotherapist she always follows her motto “Bigger, better, stronger”.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, living and studying in San Diego, California (USA), Anna Achimowicz started a musical and ballet dance education at an early age. Later she developed her skills in contemporary jazz dance and physical theatre. One of her most important productions, “Goyas Nightmare”, was awarded for best staging at Polemiqi dance festival 2004 and 2005 in Warsaw.
Picture by: Mirela Baciak
I have the pleasure to talk to Anna in person– she greets me with a smile. Her appearance is strong and tough but still she seems to be just a normal person like you and me…
What does dancing mean to you?
Dance is a way of life, better than words can ever say. Dance means that life is special and I always feel creative during the time it happens in the studio or on stage.
How does your daily dance routine look like?
My daily routine is waking up inspired in the morning, then training and after that performance rehearsal from 10 am till 2 pm. The performance is mostly in the evening at around 8 pm. When I am not on tour, dance happens in my head – it’s hard for me to sit still (laughs).
Where do you get your inspirations from?
A strong inspiration, or drive for movement is music, fashion, what I’m wearing, what I see around myself, people, architecture, images, but very often dreams and action happen in my sleep.
What’s your favorite part of your dance day?
Definitely the part of being on stage and dancing for the audience is the best part of my day. I literally live to be and dance on stage.
Three characteristics a dancer must have?
Intelligence, self-awareness, controlled insanity – it’s a weird and very special profession.
What was your funniest role in a dance show ever?
I danced for a concept of a fashion designer which was very abstract and metaphysical. The costume they gave me turned out to look like a funny dinosaur suit with white fangs along the spine and a long tail… The choreography was great, but I literally looked like a cartoon character!
One thing you do not like about dancing?
I guess the moments where a crisis comes. Wether physical or emotional. A state where everything feels hard, heavy, unmotivating. But balance is the key.
What are your plans for the future?
Doing what I do now… just bigger, better, stronger.
What’s your tip for a young and driven dancer?
Be passionate about what you do, always work hard and work with the best you can. Don’t let failures get to you because dance is a highly athletic sport. Hard work is required but it’s a beautiful art – so try to keep it special like that for yourself.
More of Anna Achimowicz:
At Take Festival: The Rise of the Phoenix & Architecture du Corps
Theatre Companie Achimovicz
Mari Qua – Brand of fashion and styling for theatre and dance
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