Hip-Hop Nakupenda

A solo by Yves Mwamba
Production October 2021 – Duration: 50 min
All audiences and young audiences


© Elise Picon

A dancer rushes into the room. He has come to give a danced lecture on hip-hop dance. He apologizes for arriving late, but he’s come straight from an audition. Unfortunately for him, he thinks he has not been selected. He shows us some choreographed bits he learnt in the audition and deciphers the moves for us. He’s somewhat confused, as what he was asked to do bears no relation to what he saw in the last piece by the dance company holding the audition. He performs a few excerpts from that piece and tries to analyze the choreographer’s approach, whom he’s questioned about the creation process. It transpires that, even if he were to pass the audition, the dancer may not accept the role. In fact, he’s just had an idea: he’s going to set up his own dance company and choreograph his own solo. Already, he performs the first few steps for us and lays the foundations of the gestures and ideas he wishes to explore. But, maybe he’s been talking too much about himself, for he’s here to give a danced lecture, isn’t he? The dancer realizes it’s almost time to take leave of his audience. But no matter: names and dates are always difficult to remember, and hip-hop dancers don’t always agree on the facts… In any case, he’s not from here, he’s from Africa, where dance and battle codes are completely different: the dancer introduces us to the world of Congolese sappers and street dance battles, where he danced the first steps that ended up leading him to Paris. A far cry from the organized battles taking place in France, a country now preparing to host a historical Breakdance championships… Just when he’s about to leave the room, the dancer receives the news that he has passed the audition. Should he accept the offer, or not? He dances two choreographed excerpts for us: a few steps from his future solo and a choreography taken from the audition. Now it’s up to the audience to choose which one he should perform in!

In a light-hearted way, Anne Nguyen plays around with the form of the danced lecture and initiates us into the different gestures and basic principles of hip-hop dance. Narrating a tale about a fictitious day, dancer Yves Mwamba invites us behind the scenes of the world of auditions, battles and dance performances. From 1970s USA through to modern-day Africa, he whisks the audience on a journey into the world of hip-hop, a culture created in the working-class neighborhoods, whose universality allows it to cut across all eras and borders.

Presentation pack on demand.
This show contains text in French. Please contact us if you’re interested in producing an English version, or subtitled version, of the performance.

Cast

Text, direction and choreography: Anne Nguyen
Comedian-dancer: Yves Mwamba
Artistic collaborators : Yann Richard, Fabrice Labrana

Partners

Coproduction: L’Auditorium Seynod
With the support of: Mairie de La Courneuve – Houdremont centre culturel ; CND Centre national de la danse – mise à disposition de studio 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 in residency at Théâtre de Chevilly-Larue (94) in 2020/2021 and is an associate artist to Auditorium Seynod (74) and Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon (92) for 2020/2021, 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.