Production Details / Press Releases
The choreographer Anne Nguyen is a pioneer of hip-hop, whose physical language she masterfully deconstructs and develops. In “Kata” her two decisive influences are brought together: breakdance and martial arts. Every movement transforms eight dancers into modern samurai, whose battle is also spiritual. To the rhythmic drive of the music they become representatives of a warrior ideal whose code appears absurd today. Their bodies clutch at fictive opponents. Their fights are staged in dance steps.
Anne Nguyen has practised a variety of physical disciplines since childhood, including athletics and martial arts. Fascinated by science, she studied physics, but broke off her studies when she discovered the world of breakdance. She danced with legendary groups such as RedMask and Phase T, Def Dogz and Créteil Style in France. She has won the Battle of the Year several times, and was the breakdance world champion. As a choreographer she has been devoted since 2005 to the task of refining hip-hop and its culture and giving it back a certain mystery by combining its raw, virtuoso gestural material with pure, graphic, deconstructed choreographic expression. With her company par Terre she has created a number of productions that have been shown worldwide. She presented “Yonder Woman” at Tanz im August in 2011.
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TFB Nr. 1349
Cast & Credits
Choreography: Anne Nguyen
With: Yanis Bouregba, Santiago Codon Gras, Fabrice Mahicka, Jean-Baptiste Matondo, Antonio Mvuani Gaston, Valentine Nagata-Ramos, Hugo de Vathaire, Konh-Ming Xiong
Understudies: Franz Cadiche, Anabella Pirosanto
Soundtrack: Sébastien Lété
Lighting Design: Ydir Acef
Coproduction: Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, CND Centre national de la danse, Le Prisme – Centre de développement artistique de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Espace 1789, Scène conventionnée pour la danse with the support of Département de la Seine-Saint Denis, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée pour la diversité linguistique, Scènes du Golfe, Théâtres Arradon – Vannes, Scène conventionnée
Thanks to: AOI Clothing and Jean-Baptiste Matondo for the costumes
Compagnie par Terre is funded by: l’Aide pluriannuelle du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France as “Compagnie à Rayonnement National et International”, the Région Ile-de-France fuor “Permanence Artistique et Culturelle” and l’Aide au fonctionnement du Département du Val-de-Marne.
With the support of Institut français and French Ministry of Culture/DGCA.
Tanz im August 2019
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Isa Köhler
Producer: Anja Lindner, Marie Schmieder (on parental leave)
Project Management: Simone Graf
Assistant to Artistic Director & Production Assistant: Alina Sophie Scheyrer-Lauer
Production: Florian Greß, Ben Mohai, Sofie Marie Luckhardt, Katharina Rost, Lovisa Sohls Söderberg, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director: Ruprecht Lademann, Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):