Axis Mundi

Premiere as part of “Vive le sujet!” at the Festival d’Avignon 2019. Coproduction SACD-Festival d’Avignon.  
By Anne Nguyen and Élise Vigneron

A 50 min version for indoor will be created for the 2020/2021 season  



Photo © Thomas Bohl

In an ephemeral and ever-evolving performance based on a construction made of ice, the breakdancer joins forces with the puppeteer to challenge geometric norms and the destruction of those norms. Heat liberates matter, the body as a statue expands within the cosmos. A universe wherein balance is constantly brought into question set against a techno music backdrop.

Anne Nguyen
Self-taught dancer and choreographer, Anne Nguyen, derives her inspiration from the sciences and martial arts in order to combine the raw and masterly moves of hip-hop dance with a pure, graphical, destructured choreographic approach.

Élise Vigneron
Having trained in the visual arts, circus arts and puppetry at the French École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières, Élise Vigneron deploys a language that spans the fine arts, theatre and movement.



Cast

Creation and performance: Anne Nguyen and Élise Vigneron
Construction: Élise Vigneron and Sylvain Georget
Objective input: Frank Micheletti
Fashion design: Manon Del Colle
Sound editing: Arnaud Duprat
Thanks to: Maya Lune Thiéblemont


Partners

Production: Compagnie par Terre / Anne Nguyen.
Coproduction:
SACD – Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques; Festival d’Avignon.
With the support of: Le théâtre du Bois de l’Aune à Aix-en-Provence (13); L’Arcade.
With the help of: Théâtre de l’Entrouvert; Le Vélo Théâtre, scène conventionnée pour le théâtre d’objet à Apt (84); Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS (75); La Place  Centre culturel hip-hop à Paris (75); Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains – Scène conventionnée pour les écritures numériques d’Enghien-les-Bains (95). 

The par Terre Dance Company is funded by l’Aide pluriannuelle du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France as “Compagnie à Rayonnement National et International”, la Région Ile-de-France for “Permanence Artistique et Culturelle” and l’Aide au fonctionnement du Département du Val-de-Marne. Anne Nguyen was awarded the 2013 Nouveau Talent Chorégraphie SACD prize, she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2015. She was named associate artist to Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse from 2015 to 2018.