Underdogs

Trio – Production 2021


© Patrick Berger

Underdogs are those who are expected to lose, never a safe bet. They’re the ones who meld seamlessly with the urban landscape, on whom our gaze settles but never dares to linger.

In this choreographic piece, my aim is to observe the way in which our bodies are shot through with urban imagery and the traces this leaves behind. What influences do we place ourselves under, with whom do we identify to build our personalities, our body states? Which images do we cast far away from ourselves, which do we reject from our identity? Hip-hop dance, the urban dance form par excellence, is fuelled by everything that challenges the norms. The dancer is keen on detecting any sign of a transgression and to transform it into a creative gesture.

When I watch a dancer perform, I am moved by these interiorised signs. For hip-hop dance draws its inspiration from the postures, gestures and energies of characters found in the clubs and on the streets of popular neighbourhoods. Throughout this performance, I want the dancers to explore the very source of their gestural actions through their dance: to which symbols, to which social markers does it connect? How do the dancers relate personally and emotionally to their own dance’s etymology?

For this project, I envisage three dancers, one woman and two men, attempting to stick together. Through their dance, they embody an urban imagery that is on occasion provocative, sometimes transgressive, occasionally oppressive, at times liberating. By deep diving into different states of being, they explore the collective unconscious that unites them and embark upon a deep process of introspection. Through the gaze of the other and by coming face-to-face with their own inner antagonisms, they proudly confront the invisible mass of their urban heritage. The epic performance of the three dancers will highlight the deep bonds that unite them, as well as the choices that set them apart, and will eventually bring every individual to the point of fulfilment.


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“In the turbulent mass of peripheral glances, I receive and send out signals with no address. Permeated by the flows of communication between mute bodies, I am lulled by the customary hubbub. A salute, a pointing finger, a stooped shoulder, a head on one side, a determined jaw, an affected gait, an accelerated pace, a waisted silhouette, a hidden glance, a calculated trajectory… A mass of interiorized signs bubble within me.
My actions express only a fraction of the collective body language. I celebrate my harmony with the city by jostling my memories of its inhabitants in one single concentrated noisy move. Here is my dance: welcome to my city.”
Anne Nguyen, Manual of the city warrior



Choreography : Anne Nguyen
Cast : Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim, Arnaud Duprat, Pascal Luce

Partners

The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is currently looking for partners for this project.
The par Terre / Anne Nguyen 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 2020/2021 season.