Born in Italy in 1981, Annika is a choreographer, dancer and researcher in the field of contemporary choreography. After a brief career as a dancer for other choreographers, she started her own work in 2007 and since then she has been making stage pieces, site specific works and dance films. Annika’s background in ballet has been fundamental for her understanding of technique and the main trigger to discover and study contemporary dance practices, which have inspired and influenced her research of a personal movement and choreographic interest. Her latest pieces Dances Beneath the Oak and the project Piazza are strongly informed by the relation between practical and theoretical research, which she started to develop during the MA of choreography at ArtEZ in Arnhem where she graduated in 2014. Her work has been hosted in several venues and Festivals in Europe and abroad, as The Rotterdamse Schowburg, Museo Reina Sofia/Madrid, Diskurs ’15/Giessen, Dock 11/Berlin, Santarcangelo Festival, MAK Museum/Wien, Atelier RE.AL/Lisbon and Centro Danza Canal/Madrid.
My choreographic work is based on practical and theoretical research. Practice and theory constantly inform and influence each other to set the ground for questions around the body, the research process itself, and dance as a non- representational practice.
I see choreography as a practice to set the conditions for the emergence of movements, and the possibility for all those movements to become a shared field of knowledge.
I work with choreography and dance as a way to embody the constant dialogue, and tension, between knowing and not knowing as coexisting dimensions of life. I relate those dimensions to the capability to feel, perceive, read and analyse the world that surrounds us and the ways we deal with things.
I like to question and re-think the parameters of the live encounter with the audience, highlighting the very basic fact of being together in a common space for a certain amount of time as a ground for the emergence of diverse relations.
I am interested in finding articulations that can embody the enormous complexity of the body in motion, its relation to space and its necessity to deal with time.