Don’t Go for Second Best, Baby! is a choreography of support and emergence. Backup dancing is about bodies exercising their relation to the centre, to one another and to choreography understood as a shared, spontaneous plan. This dance is made collectively out of many intersecting monologues yet its principle is accompaniment. What does it mean to accompany when the centre is missing? How do we practice companionship through dance or take care of another person’s dance? This work approaches improvisation as a strategy of resistance against the politics of command and hierarchies. Bodies moving in the background insist on dance’s ability to create formats of being and thinking which extend beyond the periphery.
Idea, choreography Ania Nowak
Creation, performance Julek Kreutzer, Julia Plawgo
Dramaturgical advice Mateusz Szymanówka, Julia Rodríguez
Light design Łukasz Kędzierski, Cathy Walsh
Remix Jayson Patterson
Costume Melanie Jame Wolf
Premiere Nowy Teatr
Production Ania Nowak
Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
With the support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute Berlin
Photos Jakub Wittchen
The first version of the piece, Don’t Go for Second Best, Baby disc 1, was produced by Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk in the frame of Solo Projekt Plus.
Artistic coaching Bush Hartshorn