In Deep Inside Ania Nowak looks at ecstasy. She juxtaposes house music and its lyrics with Baroque poetry and sculpturesque depictions of divine ecstasy. Visual references to Jan Lorenzo Bernini’s Blessed Ludovica Albertoni overlap with language of desire and longing for God, the lover and the community building energy of house music.
Nowak uses repetition, rhythm and content of both house music and Baroque texts to search for collective body and soul in a time of (post)pandemic social awkwardness. She listens to voices that drove house rhythms to summon many long forgotten black singers, often marginalised due to their gender and race. Nowak speaks with the ghosts of those voices, honouring them as leaders and partners. For memory and ecstasy.
Text remix, choreography, performance Ania Nowak
Sound Justyna Stasiowska
Costume Grzegorz Matląg
Outside eye Julia Plawgo
Text excerpts from Frankie Knuckles (feat. Jamie Principle), “Your Love”; Fonda Rae, “Tuch Me” and “Living in Ecstasy”; Ellis D. Presents Boom-Boom, “Work This Pussy (Hurt Me Mix)”; Robin S, “Show Me Love”; Black Box, “Ride on Time”; House to House, “Taste My Love”; Crystal Waters, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”; Sonikku ft. LIZ (SOPHIE remix), “Sweat”; Rozalla, “Everybody’s Free”; Clivilles’ & Cole, “A Deeper Love (A Deeper Feeling Mix)”; Peech Boys “Don’t Make Me Wait”; Lope de Vega, “Various Effects of Love”; Francisco de Quevedo, “Love That Endures Beyond Death”
Production La Casa Encendida
Supported by Ankara Queer Art Program
Photos Natalia Reich/ Haus für Poesie