[Superstrat[

Solo – Production January 2025 – Duration: between 45 and 50 min
All audiences and young audiences from 5 years old





[Superstrat[ explores the relationship between the ancestral roots of dance and music and the history of the Afro-American diaspora. Part initiatory journey part migratory experience, this solo by an urban and traditional African dancer tells the story of the body’s memory. Through dance and song, it takes us across the ages through rhythms and gestures, back to the ancestral language of the body, its capacity for constant reinvention and its universal symbolism. Was a dance or a music ever “invented”? Why do we identify with some influences, but not others? In a cosmopolitan world built on migrations, both voluntary and enforced, how do cultures travel with populations and individuals? How do our roots inhabit our bodies?

In [Superstrat[, the creolized memories of displaced populations reflect the contemporary reality of migratory phenomena and the tensions generated by cultural globalization, between cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism.

The term “superstrat” refers to the traces left in one language by another. By emphasizing the strong links between Africa and America that gave birth to the hip-hop culture, and by connecting them to the contemporary journey of an urban and traditional African dancer, [Superstrat[ invites us to examine our relationship to cultures coming from immigration and to explore different possible harmonies between tradition and modernity. By offering an African interpretation of the Afro-American heritage, it dives into how the ancestral social practices of dance re-emerge, how they are transformed and disseminated.

[Superstrat[ forms part of Anne Nguyen’s continuing research into the origins of urban dances and the vital functions of dance in society. It investigates the links between culture and identity in our contemporary society.


Cast

Direction and choreography: Anne Nguyen
Performer: Mark-Wilfried Kouadio aka « Willy Kazzama »

Partners

The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is currently looking for partners for this project.
Production:
par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company Coproductions (ongoing): La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux • La Rochelle.
With the support of (ongoing): Théâtre des 2 Rives de Charenton-le-Pont.
Premieres: Friday 24 January 2025 at Théâtre des 2 Rives in Charenton-le-Pont (94)

The par 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 2023/2024, the par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is an associate artist to Théâtre Molière -> Sète scène nationale archipel de Thau (34), La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux • La Rochelle, with the support of ministère de la Culture, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi, Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national – Art et création pour la diversité linguistique (94), and is taking part in an artist-in-residence program in Ivry-sur-Seine, in partnership with la briqueterie – CDCN (94).
Anne Nguyen is invited to an artistic and cultural co-construction at La Maison des Métallos in January 2024.