No more apologies for the non-normative body – this body is revolution!
I want to speak of what we conceal. I did not exist almost my entire life because of the belief of having to exist in a body that was not my own. I will no longer apologize to the norm-police, that destroys everything that diverges from it. I am not incomplete. I want to stop this violation of my intimacy and no one shall tell me how to be. I stopped looking for my body in the body of the other and I found myself as the other. In the secret deal that makes my body a storyteller, I found the meaning of its intimate and real condition. D. Niepce
In Anda, Diana (Come, Diana), the dancer and acrobat Diana Niepce portrays the process of her self-reconstruction (after a fall that caused her a spinal cord injury) in an honest dialogue between body and mind, logic and chaos, until finally creating the dancing body. In this performance, we are suggested to question what the norm is, defying prejudices and ideas extant in society related to the aesthetics of bodies. Here, despite being present, the disability does not represent a victim of the system. On the contrary, this non-normative body stands as revolutionary.
The project Anda, Diana also provides an autobiography, edited by Sistema Solar. An inner narrative developed from real cruel facts, tainted by the artistic perspective of the author.
BEWARE: performed in partial nudity
After the performance, an AFTER TALK with the artists, hosted by Wojtek Ziemilski.
Artistic Direction: Diana Niepce
Artists-performers: Diana Niepce, Bartosz Ostrowski, Joãozinho da Costa
Dramaturgical assistance: Rui Catalão
Light Design: Carlos Ramos
Sound: Gonçalo Alegria
Costume Design: Silvana Ivaldi
Promo and Video: Eduardo Breda
Photography: Alípio Padilha
Managment: Patrícia Soares
Head of Production and Communication: Filipe Metelo
Executive Production: Helena Baronet
Production House: Produção d’Fusão
Coproduction: TBA – Teatro do Bairro Alto, residence at O Espaço do Tempo
Financing: Directorate General of Art (DGArtes), Ministry of Culture of Portugal (PRT), Marvili Municipal Library, Lisbon City Hall, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Lisbon, Adam Mickiewicz Institute
The presentation of Diana Niepce’s performance at the Festival Ciało/Umysł is being carried out as part of Europe Beyond Access, an international arts and disability project led by British Council and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. www.europebeyondaccess.com