Goku’s Trial

Production Odyssées en Yvelines 2020
Duet theater-dance – duration: 45 min
For audiences 13 years old and above

In his latest battles, B-Boy Goku, a breakdance fanatic, did the King loop step, a registered breakdance step under the intellectual property code. Brought into a classroom, he pleads his defense in front of the students, his jurors. Straightforward and playful, Goku tries to convince a rather moralizing judge of the absurdity of the charges brought against him. The verbal joust, punctuated by dance demonstrations, gradually turns into a battle… Goku’s character is drawn from popular manga Dragon Ball, which is based on the Chinese legend of Son Wukong, the Monkey King. His trial, both absurd and tragic at the same time, examines the learning process and the acquisition of wisdom. Through humor, the two characters raise profound questions about the notions of creativity, freedom, responsibility, transmission of knowledge and heritage. Written by Anne Nguyen for two actor-dancers, Goku’s Trial is designed to perform in situ in the classroom in front of high school students.

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


With: Santiago Codon-Gras and Jean-Baptiste Saunier (comedians-dancers). Created with François Lamargot.
Artistic collaborator: Yann Richard
Stage manager: François Kaleka

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Production: Théâtre de Sartrouville et des Yvelines – Centre Dramatique National ; par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company.
A piece created as part of Odyssées 2020, a festival by Théâtre de Sartrouville et des Yvelines–CDN, in partnership with Conseil départemental des Yvelines.
Special thanks to: Ismay Marçay for the legal advice.

The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is funded by
 l’Aide pluriannuelle du Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Ile-de-France, la Région Ile-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.