Anne Nguyen

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French dancer, choreographer and poet Anne Nguyen is rooted in hip-hop culture. As a B-girl she has participated in hundreds of battles and performed with many hip-hop and contemporary dance companies, such as Blanc Blanc Beur, Faustin Linyekula and Salia Nï Seydou. She has also performed with the breakdance crews Red Mask (Montreal), Phase T, Def Dogz and Créteil Style (Paris). Nguyen has won several prizes in breakdance, for both solo and group works, in major competitions such as the International Breakdance Event (2004) and Battle of the Year (2005). She is an expert in several forms of martial arts including capoeira, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Viet Vo Dao and Wing Chun. In 2005 she founded her own company, Compagnie par Terre, and made her breakthrough in the same year with the solo performance Square Root. This work combined mathematical sequences with Nguyen’s own poetry, and made a connection between the geometric movements of breakdance and the oppressive effects of the contemporary urban environment. Following this, she created nine further shows including the duet Yonder Woman (2010), the walk for eight poppers PROMENADE OBLIGATOIRE (2012), the female quartet Autarcie (….) (2013) and bal.exe (2014), a robot dance to chamber music, performed by eight poppers and five classical musicians. Nguyen’s poems and articles have been published in Danser Magazine, Repères and Cahier de Danse, amongst others. Nguyen was awarded the SACD Nouveau Talent Choréographie prize in 2013, and in 2015 was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. For the 2015/2016, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons Nguyen is an associate artist at Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse where Kata, her tenth production, was premiered on 11 October 2017.