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PAR TERRE / ANNE NGUYEN DANCE COMPANY

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  • Kata, création 2017. © Homard Payette
  • Kata, création 2017. © Homard Payette
  • bal.exe, production 2014. © Thomas Bohl
  • bal.exe, création 2014. © Thomas Bohl
  • Lettres à Zerty, création 2015. © Thomas Bohl
  • PROMENADE OBLIGATOIRE, production 2012. © Philippe Gramard
  • PROMENADE OBLIGATOIRE, production 2012. © Philippe Gramard
  • Yonder Woman, production 2010. © Philippe Gramard
  • Yonder Woman, production 2010. © Philippe Gramard
  • Autarcie (….), production 2013. © Philippe Gramard
  • Autarcie (….), production 2013. © Philippe Gramard
  • Racine Carrée, production 2007. © Jean Barak

Upcoming performances for this season

  • Kata
  • > Sa. 15 September 2018 (8.15 p.m.)
    Theater Rotterdam / Rotterdam (Netherlands) 
  • Autarcie (....)
  • > Fr. 8 February 2019 (8.30 p.m.)
    Espace culturel Boris Vian / Les Ulis (91) 
  • Yonder Woman
  • > Tu. 5 February 2019 (8 p.m.)
    La Lucarne / Arradon (56) 
Anne Nguyen founded the par Terre Dance Company in 2005. As a specialist in breakdance*, in the world of hip-hop battles*, a dancer in many hip-hop and contemporary dance companies, and a writer of poetry and prose items about dance. The scientific thought as well as her practice of several martial arts inspire her to conceive choreographic universes that sublimate the hip-hop dance and its essence. By setting precise gestures, geometrical constraints, energy and density contrasts, intertwining of bodies and dance mechanisms, and unexpected occupations of space, she combines a raw, accomplished hip-hop dance with a graphic, pure, destructured choreographic writing. Her choreographic pieces display a complex, precise architecture and reflect the forms and energies that surround human beings in the contemporary world. They combine poetry and mathematics, sensuality and explosiveness.

Premieres of bal.exe: 20 and 21 march in Caen, then from 28 march to 6 april in Paris

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For her seventh creation, Anne Nguyen—who has been awarded the 2013 Nouveau Talent Chorégraphie SACD prize—restages eight popping specialists, this time to chamber music played on stage by five classical musicians. She has devised two completely dissimilar anachronistic balls. In the first ball, which captures the 2014 spirit, the dancers are like wax dolls cast aside in a night club, springing to life spasmodically in a jerky, exuberant dance to the music of Connesson, Bach and Biber performed by solist musicians. They return for the second ball in the guise of bizarre onlookers to witness the performance of Brahms’s quintet for clarinet and strings (opus 115). Inspired to move by the melancholy, bewitching music, they interact with each other with jerky, restrained and mechanical gestures, moving like robots, sketching out a few dance steps in the process. bal.exe could be the name of a computer program installed in the memories of these somnambulistic dancers, a program prompting the dancers to automatically execute their movements in pairs. A specialist in the art of deconstructing hip-hop dance, Anne Nguyen revisits the art of social dancing, and creates a new ‘mechanical’ hip-hop dance style performed in pairs, called “lopping pop”. In bal.exe, the dancers’ robotic, electrified movements are perpetually at odds with the liberating or interactive notions of conventional dance. bal.exe refers to the intuitive and emotional memories of “beauty”, of dancing and of the body of the dancing partner. The eight solitary bodies are irresistibly drawn to the dance floor in their search for the pleasure of dancing for themselves or for their partner.

Premieres on 20th and 21st march at 8.00pm 2014 at CCN de Caen.

Then at Théâtre Louis Aragon de Tremblay-en-France (28 and 29 march), at Théâtre 71, SN de Malakoff (1st and 2nd april), at Forum de Falaise (3 april) then at Hautes Tensions Festival in La Villette (5 and 6 april).

Article by Rosita Boisseau about bal.exe in M le magazine du Monde

Photo : Chiara Santarelli

Photo : Chiara Santarelli

“In couples, the eight dancers are standing face to face and enchain dislocated movements. Their bodies, shaken by spasms, explode like popcorn, expressing a strange nervousness. They touch each other, separate. “As in a duel, explains Anne Nguyen. It’s a social dance, hindered by the use of different styles of hip-hop dance, as popping, based on muscle contraction and robotic, which mimes gestures of robots.”

M le magazine du Monde – Rosita Boisseau – 7 march 2014 

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