Soul Sounds, is a compilation of Billie Holiday interviews, introductions, readings of her Biography, and one of the first songs she ever created to the last. It’s rich and moody with a jazz club vibe. Billie’s music has a way of reaching our soul and inspiring our hearts. Her take on jazz music and art in general is blunt and extremely personal. The dancers explore phrases of textured movement and intricate partnering in order to reflect the density of her story. Audible sounds with their bodies are also utilized to add to the rhythmic journey of this piece and enhance the soulful world that “Lady Day” inspired.
Running Time: Approx. 10 min, Dancers: 5, Premier: BANDChicago at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; April 27th, 2019, Choreography: Jackie Nowicki in collaboration with the dancers, Music: “All of Me” - (Live 1946) Billie Holiday, “End of a Love Affair”- (Mono Take 4 w/Vocal Overdub Take 8) Billie Holiday, Lady in Satin (The Centennial Edition), Numerous Live interviews with Billie Holiday, Introductions and Statements by Donald Wood, Ray Charles, Leonard Feather, Gilbert Milstein Reading from “Lady Sings the Blues”
Always and Forever
Always and Forever, is a movement love letter, choreographer Jackie Nowicki created for her nephew George Allen Nowicki. It is brimming with hopes and dreams for a future filled with curiosity, courage, kindness, and love. The four dancers find themselves spinning through time in an exploration of relationships both together and apart. Through whimsical yet grounded movements, the dancers bring to life the intimacy of family and lifelong bonds.
Running Time: Approx. 9 min. Dancers: 4, Premiere: A’Very Special Night of Dance at New York Live Arts Center, Choreography: Jackie Nowicki in collaboration with the dancers, Music: “Nearly Curtains” (Feat. Ron Ford) Keaton Henson, “Shine” David O’dowdy, “Healah Dancing” (Feat. Ron Ford) Keaton Henson.
L/one/, focuses on the angry, jarring, suffocating side of loneliness. It's an intertwining web of pressure on ONE person in the middle of chaos. L/one/ will stimulate your senses and leave your pulse racing from the throbbing music, dynamic movement, and the all too familiar feelings of mental captivity.
“Lone- Lacking the support of others; isolated, solitary or single."
Running Time: Approx. 8 mins, Dancers: 5, Premiere: of bones || Hollye Bynum Presents: Mouthful. October 21, 2017. Choreography: Jackie Nowicki in collaboration with dancers. Music: “Silent Film”- Christophe Filippi- Movements, “Pruitt Igoe”- Kangding Ray
T[i]nderness, is a look into the world of eight online dating hopefuls. From profiles to swiping, failures and successes, this piece portrays the ridiculous rollercoaster of trusting cyber space to find you love and the journey of surprises, loneliness, and hope that leads the way.
Running Time: Approx. 20 mins, Dancers: 8, Preimere: Bryant Park July 14, 2017, Choreography: Jackie Nowicki in collaboration with dancers, Music: “Mess Around” – Ray Charles, “Love is like a Heat Wave” – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, “I Cant Turn You Loose” – Otis Redding, “Try Me” – James Brown, “My Guy” – Mary Wells, “My Girl” – The Temptations, “Shake” – Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness” – Otis Reddin. Styling: Sebastian Arrango
WHOLE, is NOW Dance Project's first, self produced, evening length show. It has 8 diverse sections, including an interactive ending with the audience.
"I believe that part of who I am came from having a hole in my heart. There was a gap. A void. I have lived my life filling that hole beyond what was necessary. I have loved harder than most. I have fought my way through life and been determined to prove that no part of me is missing. I am more creative now. I am stronger now. I am a believer now. I am whole. I protect those around me because I can and it makes my heart enlarge with energy, light, and passion. I promise to be a good person because I was given the opportunity to. I am me, because of a hole that needed to be filled."
Running Time: Approx. 30 mins. Dancers: 11. Premiere: The West End Theater at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew; February 24 & 25, 2017. Choreography: Jackie Nowicki in collaboration with dancers. Music: “Less” - Nils Frahm, “Fyrsta” - Ólafur Arnalds, “Spur (Sassa Remix)” - Olaf Bender, “Come In” - Senking, “Jerusalem” - Armand Amar, “Hammers” - Nils Frahm, “Calf” - Dense & Pika, “Smile (Live)” - Judy Garland Live at the London Palladium). Costumes: Sebastian Arrango. Photography: Mike Esperanza.
Matka, was created in remembrance of Mildred Nowicki. This solo work tells the story of a man watching his mother’s life begin to fade and the resistance he endures in accepting her fate. It is a raw, heart wrenching struggle to finding peace in letting go.
“Matka”- The Polish translation for Mother.
Running Time: Approx. 7 mins. Dancers: 1. Premiere: The West End Theater at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew; February 24 & 25, 2017. Choreography: Jackie Nowicki. Music: “All-night Vigil, Op. 37, “Vespers”: Resurrection Hymn - Sergei Rachmaninoff - Sigvards Klava & Latvian Radio Choir, “Ave Maria” Virgo Serence (Sequence) - The Monks of Norcia - BENEDICT: Marian Chant from Norma. Styling: Sebastian Arrango.
Humanoid, is a quirky trio that follows three gorgeous male-like creatures who land on earth for the first time, as they discover the structures of physicality through dance and play. They learn that their hips don't lie before being sent back into space in this exciting exploration of sexuality, strength, and the male species.
Running Time: Approx. 5 mins. Dancers: 3. Premiere: Peridance Faculty Showcase at Salvatore Capiezo Theater 2016. Choreography: Jackie Nowicki. Music: “Oo Yeah” - Someone Else + Mistake. Styling: Sebastian Arrango.
The Mating Game
The Mating Game, allows audiences a peak into a night on the town with eight young lovers. We watch their stories come to life through a playful and theatric exploration of young adulthood, sex, and relationships. With the perfect playlist of classic jazz, It’s a romp in the sheets that might bring you back to your risky, unedited self.
Running Time: Approx. 12 mins. Dancers: 8. Preimere: Pushing Progress Showcase Series 2016 at Peridance's Salvatore Capiezo Theater. Choreography: Jackie Nowicki. Styling: Jackie Nowicki. Music: “The Way You Look Tonight” Frank Sinatra, “Feelin’ Uneasy” Etta James, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” Etta James.
WoMan, is NOW Dance Project’s premiere work, that challenges audiences to absorb the co-exisitance of strength and beauty in femininity. It is unapologetic in its exploration of a woman’s power to be both envied and feared, and keeps audiences on their toes with a growling suspense.
Running Time: Approx. 12 mins. Dancers: 5. Premiere: Breaking Glass: The Emerging Female Choreographers Project at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, 2015. Choreography: Jackie Nowicki in collaboration with dancers. Music: "Fragmentation” - Tony Anderson, “Brown Sauce” - Marcus Marr. Styling: Jackie Nowicki.