Battle of Battles

Battle La Courtille (93)
Cultural project realized within the framework of the Seine-Saint-Denis department

As part of an In Situ residency instigated by the department of Seine-Saint-Denis (93), the par Terre Dance Company conducted a project with 3 classes of 6th and 5th grade students at Collège La Courtille in Saint-Denis, a Paris suburb. The project culminated in a hip-hop and Afro dance battle organized together with the students in their own school. From September 2021 to June 2022, the students participated in workshops organized with members of the par Terre Dance Company on dance, stage presence and self-assertion, but also on communicating around the event, greeting the public, and taking care of logistics. During the year, they saw dancers from the show Heracles on his head (of which rehearsals took place inside the school) performing In Situ and went to the theater to see the par Terre Dance Company’s shows Underdogs and Hip-Hop Nakupenda, where they had discussions with the artistic teams. The students also prepared and performed dance sets inside other classes at the school. The project culminated in an event organized by the students inside their own gymnasium, where parents and other students were invited: Battle La Courtille, or Battle of Battles!

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Conception: Anne Nguyen
Artistic collaborator: Didier Boko
Artistic contributors: Fabrice Labrana alias Fabbreezy (dance coach) Fabrice Mahicka alias Faboo (dance coach), Clara Salge alias K-Yoo (c dance coach), Didier Boko (general organization), Sabri Sidi-Ouis (speaker), Patrice Meslien (DJ) Assisted by: Olivia Alves, Mona Kaabi, Ekin Akkilic Coordination: Juliette Dubin (Conseil départemental de Seine-Saint-Denis), Adèle Guihéneuf (Collège La Courtille), Adèle Jaffredo (par Terre Dance Company), Didier Boko (Association Fondament’all)
Collège La Courtille: Philippe Legros (principal), Mme Benayad (senior school administrator) Teachers: M. Baniel, Mme Bensmail, Mme Biega, Mme Burlet, Mme Collet, M. Coutant, Mme Debant, M. Gasmi, M. Greco, M. Halftermeyer, Mme Hourcade, M. Jacques, Mme Kabachene, M. Leglouet, Mme Maachi, M. Matignon, Mme Prieur, Mme Turpin, M. Wagner, the whole pedagogical and administrative team, the classes of 6ème B, 6ème D and 5ème D, the choir and M. Evin
Images: Mounir Amhiln, Sabri Sidi-Ouis
Editing: Mounir Amhiln

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.
In 2022/2023, the par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is an associate artist to Théâtre Molière -> Sète scène nationale archipel de Thau (34), to L’Auditorium Seynod (74) and to Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon (92),
and is in partnership with l’Orange Bleue d’Eaubonne (95).