Ania Novak, To the Aching Oarts! (Manifesto), Performance GIBCA 2023 © Ellika Henrikson
To the Aching Parts! (Manifesto), at GIBCA 2023, Röda Sten Konsthall © Hendrik Zeitler
To the Aching Parts! (Manifesto), at GIBCA 2023, Röda Sten Konsthall © Hendrik Zeitler


To the Aching Parts! (Manifesto)

Performance documentation; LCD screen; (15 mins)  

To the Aching Parts! (Manifesto) is a public speech which dissects the language used by and against queer communities today. Devoid of grammar, the text is subjected to the order and pleasure of rhythm. Originally commissioned by Berlin’s HAU Hebbel am Ufer in the frame of Manifestos for Queer Futures, the performance relies on references to militant strategies used by minorities to address the dangers of normativity and the need for embodied intersectionality when forming queer alliances today. By taking the liberty to play around with the language of resentment and trauma as well as empathy and healing, it proposes to destabilise identities, practices, and well-known acronyms like LGB or FtM for the sake of a queer future we have yet to envisage.    

Supported by: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen


Ania Nowak has a choreographic practice that approaches vulnerability and desire as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can and cannot do. Nowak engages with bodies in their nonlinear feeling and thinking capacity to tackle the difficulties of companionship and care in times of perpetual crisis. 

Nowak collaborates with alternative educational programs in Eastern Europe, such as Kem School in Warsaw and the School of Kindness in Sofia. She has recently presented at: HAU Hebbel am Ufer; Berlinische Galerie; Akademie der Künste; KW, Galerie Wedding; Sophiensæle, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Kiasma, Helsinki; and the Baltic Triennial 


Röda Sten Konsthall