Anda, Diana

Date: October 14, 2022 - October 14, 2022
Location: Poland

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. 

Diana 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, Niepce questions the norms, defying prejudices and ideas in society related to the aesthetics imposed upon bodies. In Anda, Diana, the non-normative body stands as revolutionary.

The project also provides an autobiography edited by Sistema Solar, described as an inner narrative developed from real cruel facts, tainted by the artistic perspective of the author.

Content warning: performed in partial nudity

After the performance, an AFTER TALK with the artists, hosted by Wojtek Ziemilski. Read about the host: HERE


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

Polish premiere: 14.10.2022

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.