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Pioneer of urban dance Anne Nguyen deep dives into the collective unconscious of the rebellious outcasts of our society: the “Underdogs”. Against a backdrop of soul music evocative of the political climate in 1970s America, three dancers proudly con front the invisible mass of their urban heritage. Through the gaze of the other and by coming face to face with their own inner antagonisms, they highlight the deep bonds that unite them, as well as the choices that set them apart.
French choreographer, writer and theatre director Anne Nguyen is a pioneer of urban dance based in Paris. With a background in martial arts and breakdance, she founded her company Compagnie Par Terre in 2005 and has since directed and toured multiple productions internationally. In 2013 she was awarded the Nouveau Talent Chorégraphie SACD prize and in 2015 she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is currently an associate artist at Auditorium Seynod and Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon. Tanz im August welcomes her back after having presented her production “Kata” in 2019.
The artist is meant to seek into the unknown, to try and derive meaning from it. I concentrate on gesture as a symbol, the body as the object of ownership, movement as a primary need, the stage as a priority platform for sharing. I want to question the limits of our freedom, our image of freedom, our desire for freedom. Though choreography I want to build symbolic spaces where powerful, liberating, frenzied dance becomes a magical ritual designed to make us take a renewed interest in the present, in the potential of our own lives. When I produce a show, I try to engage the dancers and those who observe in a transformative experience. To choreograph is to show representatives of humanity projected in an image of a codified world. The bonds between these individuals, the bonds between them and their world, and the bonds between them and the ‘otherwhere’ represented by the audience, represent the path that each individual must follow, either as a performer or as an onlooker.
Anne Nguyen (2019)
The complete interview by Virve Sutinen with Anne Nguyen, “Seeking into the Unknown” (2019) can be found at tanzimaugust.de/magazin.
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Cast & Credits
Choreographer: Anne Nguyen
Performance: Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim, Arnaud Duprat, Pascal Luce
Composition: Sébastien Lété
Co-produktion: L‘Auditorium Seynod, Théâtre de Chevilly-Larue. Supported by: Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Mairie de La Courneuve – Houdremont centre culturel, Centre culturel l’Imprévu de Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, CND Centre national de la danse – provision of studio, Ètablissement public du Palais de la Porte Dorée. Funded by: Multi-year grant from the Ministry of Culture / DRAC Île-de-France, Région Île-de-France for the preservation of artistic and cultural work and production support of the Val-de-Marne Department. The par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company is associated artist of the Centre culturel l’Imprévu de Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône 2021/2022, the L’Auditorium Seynod (74) and the Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon (92) 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.
Supported by Institut français.
In cooperation with the Freunden der Freilichtbühne Weißensee e.V.
Tanz im August 2021
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer & Logistics: René Dombrowski
Production: Monica Ferrari, Florian Greß, Johanna Herrschmann, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ben Mohai, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
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):