Phallophorie

Production 2022 – Duration 2 hours

© Thomas Bohl

In 2024, breakdance will spring to the forefront of the international sporting scene. In Phallophorie, choreographer and stage director Anne Nguyen proposes a metareferential look at some of the issues raised by the event.

The Phallophorie trio explores the symbols of strength and masculine heroism, driving them to their contradictions. Three breakdancers take turns in carrying each other aloft, buoying each other ever upwards, mutually gauging their abilities and pulling together in a celebration of power, ingenuity and human collaboration. A homage to the motto of modern athletic sports Citius, Altius, Fortius – faster, higher, stronger –, that reminds us of the limits of our human condition. In this choreographic piece, Anne Nguyen invites us to explore the meaning given to the gestural actions and symbols brought into play by the dancers’ bodies and immerses us in the creative energy and competitive spirit of the world of battles and breakdance. She explores the values of sport and art and uses it as an opportunity to reflect more broadly on our society. Phallophorie is an invitation to take a closer look at dance and the dancer’s body, develop a deeper awareness of the representations we make of living things and fine-tune our own critical thinking.

The dance trio Phallophorie was created as the central part of Anne Nguyen’s dance-theatre piece Heracles on his head. In this full 2h program with French text, the public goes onto a journey with the trio’s dancers and the characters that accompany them for their last rehearsals of this choreography, which fictionally has been selected to be presented as a dance interlude during the great athletic competition in which breakdance will make its debut as an official discipline in 2024. The public thus get an insight into the stakes and context of Phallophorie’s creation and is made to contemplate the issues raised by the institutionalisation of breakdance, a deeply instinctive, physical, competitive dance form.

Presentation pack on demand.

Cast

Choreography : Anne Nguyen
3 dancers (break) : Santiago Codon-Gras, in progress

Partners

The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is currently looking for partners for this project.
The par Terre Dance Company is funded by l’Aide pluriannuelle du Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Ile-de-France, la Région Ile-de-France for “Permanence Artistique et Culturelle” and l’Aide au fonctionnement du Département du Val-de-Marne.
The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is in residency at Théâtre André Malraux in Chevilly-Larue for the 2020/21 season.