Heracles on his head

Quartet – production Nov. 2022
Duration: 50 min – All audiences

© Little Shao

Heracles on his head is a danced exploration of the principles of competition, hierarchy, and meritocracy. Dancing to a playlist of rap and soul music which transports the spectator into the, sometimes brutal, reality of hip-hop culture, two women and two men use embodied metaphors and symbols to compose a narrative about the strategic games human beings play, both consciously and subconsciously. In a series of danced confrontations, collaborative formations, physical feats and antagonistic situations, the four performers take up stances within the group. Through their individual attitudes and choices, but also through the rules, explicit or implicit, that they decide to adopt, or reject, the dancers influence the moral outcome of their collective experience.

As the soundtrack progresses to reflects the different survival and success philosophies emerging from urban working-class neighborhoods, the performers use the symbolism of dance and the power of the human body to urge us to become conscious of our behavior, free ourselves from automatic thinking modes and question the purpose of our individual and collective trajectories.


Choreography: Anne Nguyen
Performers: Janice Bieleu, Fabrice Mahicka aka « Faboo », Clara Salge aka « K-Yoo », Hugo de Vathaire aka « Schlag »


The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is currently looking for partners for this project.

Coproduction:  Points communs – Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise / Val d’Oise; La Villette-Initiatives d’Artistes; L’Auditorium Seynod; Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK, dans le cadre du dispositif Accueil-Studio.
With the support of Ferme du Buisson / Scène nationale de Marne la Vallée; Le Conseil Départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis dans le cadre du « Dispositif Résidences In Situ en collèges »; Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon ; Centre de la danse de la Communauté Urbaine Grand Paris Seine & Oise.

The par Terre Dance Company is funded by l’Aide pluriannuelle du Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Île-de-France, la Région Île-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 an associate artist to Centre culturel l’Imprévu de Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône in 2021/2022, to L’Auditorium Seynod (74) and to Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon (92) for 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.