Dancer and Choreographer Anna Achimowicz: „Bigger, better, stronger.“

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.

imagePicture 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

Website

Theatre Companie Achimovicz

Mari Qua – Brand of fashion and styling for theatre and dance

VIMEO

Youtube

 

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What it’s like to date an Artist.

Inhale, Exhale.

Today’s Blogpost is now in English for you guys. Because I like to express my feelings using the many different tools of a specific language. I’ve got many readers from the US, as well from Sweden, Hungary and so on recently, so I decided to create something in English.

Today I want to talk about this sentence. I read it somewhere on the Web, so I am unfortunately not able to remember the source.

DATE AN ARTIST

First, it is important to define the word „Artist“.

An artist is blown up to gigantic proportions. He is described as a person of trained sensibility, a developed imagination, a capacity of expression, and deep insight into realities of contemporary life.

(Rosenberg, Harold: The De-Definition of Art, 1972, S. 11)

Thus everyone who considers to create something starts being an artist. There are many ways to express yourself such as a writer, singer, dancer, painter, musician, designer, actor, movie director, web designer, choreographer, architect, poet, graffity sprayer and many more. The important thing for being an artist is to create art, to practise the art or to express the art.

Along this way the sentence „Date an Artist“  gives us some space to think about the human being of an artistry person. There are so many different people in the world, I won’t lump them together. But I think sometimes you are able to notice if someone is really into art or not.

According to this, I think dating an artist is quite difficult (I am able to tell you that because I consider myself an artist as well… ooops). Artists do not only have a creative mind – they are quasi a creative mind. They are always busy in their heads, thinking about something which is bothering them. Artists, doesn’t matter in which creative scene located, definitely do not have a nine to five job. They have to „struggle“ with their work 24 hours per day. That does not mean that they really struggle, but artists consider their lives, their loved ones, the environment and everything what is happening around them as an inspiration. So it is hard to shut your head down for some seconds.

But I think artists have such a great passion for what they do. They won’t do anything without 100 percent of their enthusiasm, power and commitment. They are sometimes weird (not all of them, I promise) but they really want to show the world what art means to them – no one could ever „sell“ something as good as someone who really loves to do something with passion.

And that’s the reason why it is great to date an artist. Because they will share their mind and spread it out to reach as many people as possible to inspire with new ideas – and maybe one day you’ll be THE one – a muse, a daily inspiration or a special art piece for one of the many artists out there.

Love,

Reesa

Was es heißt, ein/e TänzerIn zu sein.

Hobby, Passion, Arbeit.

Alles beginnt mit einem Tanzfilm. Egal ob „Step Up“, „Honey“, „Dirty Dancing“, „Burlesque“, „Center Stage“, „Footloose“ und wie sie alle heißen. Ich traue mich zu sagen, dass mindestens jeder fünfte Jugendliche plötzliche Gedanken an eine eigene Tanzkarriere hegt, nachdem ein solcher Ende-Gut-Alles-Gut Film gesehen wurde.

Also motiviert man sich dazu, im Internet nach einer passenden Tanzschule zu suchen, bei der man sich schüchtern, aber entschlossen für die erste Tanzstunde anmeldet. Anfangs ärgert man sich, weil man die Koordination seiner Beine und Arme nicht im Griff hat. Schnelle Musik, der Schritt geht nach links, die Hände nach oben, der Kopf zu Seite, der Hintern nach rechts – klingt schon ziemlich kompliziert.

Nach einigen Jahren legt man die Koordinationsprobleme auf die Seite und man beginnt, den Kampf gegen sich selbst endlich zu gewinnen: man kann das Tanzen so richtig genießen – ohne daran denken zu müssen, in welche Richtung das nächste Körperteil geschoben werden muss.

Im Zuge von stundenlangen Youtube-Tanz-Marathons, verspürt man irgendwann das Gefühl, sich selbst im Tanz zu verwirklichen. Es gibt nichts Besseres, als seine Inspirationen und Eindrücke in Choreografien einfließen zu lassen und somit eine Möglichkeit zu haben, seine Gefühle – sei es Freude, Liebe, Angst oder Wut – zum Ausdruck zu bringen.

Der ein oder andere wird den Biss und das dazu gebrauchte Glück haben, um mit seiner größten Leidenschaft auch Geld zu verdienen. Und hier setze ich meinen wichtigen Diskussionspunkt an: Wieso glauben viele Leute, gute Choreografien zu machen, sei für Tänzer so einfach? Warum sehen nur wenige den großen Aufwand hinter einer guten Choregrafie? Weshalb ist die Bezahlung oft so mager?

Eine gute Choreografie bedarf weitaus mehr als nur „auf die Musik zu hören und einfach zu tanzen, weil das eh von alleine geht“. Nein! Hier ist eine kleine Grafik, um Euch die Prozedur einer solchen Arbeit näher zu bringen.

Was es heißt, eine TänzerIn zu sein.

Als TänzerIn zu arbeiten ist ein kreativer Prozess, für den man hart trainiert und wertvolle Zeit seines Lebens „opfert“. Jede/r TänzerIn sollte das Recht haben, für seine Arbeit gut bezahlt zu werden. Dafür ist es wichtig, dass Arbeitgeber auch wissen, was hinter dieser Arbeit steckt. Lasst Euch nicht von Leuten sagen: „Dich kennt noch niemand, dementsprechend ist die Entlohnung!“. Es ist wichtig das Gedankengut von TänzerInnen zu schützen und zu schätzen! Also seid selbstbewusst und zeigt der Welt, was Ihr könnt!

Alles Liebe,

Eure Reesa