i is a 20-minute piece by Anne Anguyen in the trilogy La preuve par l’autre for six dancers and three choreographers produced by Malka dance company (Bouba Landrille Tchouda). The title of the piece i, is inspired by Kafka’s character “K”, and by image of a a human being in a standing position, head held upright, arms and legs not shown. For this production on the theme of otherness, Anne Nguyen worked around a simple imagery-laden concept: her six dancers, as if “planted” in different parts of the stage, confront themselves to the audience gaze. Performing to a soundtrack of 90s hardcore America rap music interspersed with hauntingly beautiful classical snippets, the dancers’ jerky, pulsating movements reflect the inner turmoil and battles of a generation trying to keep its head above water against all odds. i is not only a statement, a confrontation with the gaze of the uknown, it also challenges the way we contemplate the singular.
Premieres: 25, 26 and 27 february at Château Rouge d’Annemasse.
“In bal.exe, I have created for my eight popping specialists a new hip-hop social dance style. I have used the principles, rhythms and attitudes of some kind of social dances like tango, waltz or bachata, to confront them to the mechanical, angular and robotic gestures of popping. Thus, muscular isolations, contractions, blockings and states of body like slow-motion, waves or robotics are executed in a set of question-answer and complementarity facing a partner, in a two-grip posture. By looping the rhythmics and different principles of action and reaction, I have set up new systems of couple dance, in which each dancer moves around his partner’s body. Through this new hip-hop social dance style, a contact to the other, similar to our lifestyles and behaviours, is being developed: individualistic and egocentric, we are extremely dependent on any external occurrence and react quickly to any kind of information. We are also able to invent endless variations to the repetitive processes, which our daily life is made of.”Anne Nguyen
Press review further to the performance of PROMENADE OBLIGATOIRE at International Festival – CDC in Toulouse
Column of Jérôme Provençal – independant journalist (Les Inrockuptibles, Mouvement).
“PROMENADE OBLIGATOIRE” / Anne Nguyen yesterday evening at l’Escale de Tournefeuille
Anne Nguyen – young choreographer that we will have to follow very closely – makes this dance comparable to a corporal sculpture her own and uses it to create a piece like a study about movement and passing time. Not a grey and cold study, but a vibrant and glittering one, with an incredible precision, throughout which martial and sensual gestures resonate perfectly with haunting rhythms of splendid music composed by Benjamin Magnin.
Anne Nguyen seeks to continue her exploration of the transformation taking place in hip-hop aesthetics by refocusing her search on breakdancing, her preferred discipline. Kata, an ambitious piece for eight breakdancers, sets out to reflect her vision of breakdancing as a “contemporary form of martial arts, created as a means of coping with a hostile urban environment, one that transforms the body through the violence of its shapes and constraints”. Kata will be choreographed from the linear transformations taking place in breakdancing and the action-reaction principle. Currently looking for coproducers.