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par Terre Dance Company’s Autarcie (….)

Anne Nguyen founded the par Terre Dance Company in 2005. As a specialist in breakdance, she is familiar with the world of hip-hop battles, and aims to tap into the technical excellence peculiar to each hip-hop dance specialty. Each of her productions is based on an exploration of the dance form and its intended purpose.

Autarcie (….) is a game of strategy where, for 50 minutes, four dancers engage in a frantic ritual, alternating between forward-facing dance moves and free digression. They transform their respective dance specialties of breakdance, popping and waacking into an abstract vocabulary, establishing their powerful individualities on stage and thrusting themselves into the space in pursuit of territory, alliances and hierarchy. The front of the stage is the rallying point where the dancers come together and devise a warrior dance directed at the audience. The inner workings of this restless “tribe” with all the power struggles that ensue and the search for possible points of harmony, thus unfold on stage, to the pulsating, unbridled rhythms of the percussive organic beat.