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28 Years in 28 Minutes & Yonder Woman

Storm (DE) & Compagnie par Terre / Anne Nguyen (FR)

Pictures from the productions  "28 Years in 28 Minutes" and "Yonder Woman"
© Dirk Korell / © Philippe Gramard

28 Years in 28 Minutes - Storm (DE)


“[…] Without a trace of flashiness, he speaks of slipped discs rather than championship wins – and dances with a casual elegance to belie all ill-health. Stop moves, isolations, rotations at lightning speed. And he is full of surprises, at one point pouring two bottles of water over his head - and performing a terrific backspin in the pool on the floor. Resounding applause for a popular icon.” Neue Presse, 7 September 2012 

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Niels Robitzky, alias Storm, embarked on an unprecedented career in hip hop just as ‘breakdance’, as the contemporary media labelled it, was emerging. In “28 Jahre in 28 Minuten” he looks back on this turbulent career, with all its implications for his family, changes of location, dreams, friendships and injuries, and above all providing very personal insights into dance. In contrast to the spectacular, acrobatic micro-performances of hip hop ‘battles’, here a chronological story is told through hip hop, which allows room for poetic moments. At the same time, it forms a chronicle of hip hop and its rise to become accepted as a contemporary art form in Germany, in which Storm played a major role. With surprising honesty, Storm offers his life for review on the stage and shows some major consequences of minor decisions. The episodes portrayed in projections and dance, like photographs in an album, come to life on the stage, inviting the audience to share in the events.

(Approx. 28 min.)


Watch a video clip from the production on youtube


Yonder Woman - Compagnie par Terre / Anne Nguyen (FR)


“[…] ‘Yonder Woman’ is made up of familiar breakdance moves like the Air Freeze, a kind of handstand on one arm, and contact improvisation, during which the dancers roll over each other, among other things. Eventually the two women link up with synchronous movements, which is unusual in the male-dominated field of hip hop, with its preference for stunning solos. Let’s hope complex hip hop like Nguyen’s and Storm’s will enrich 2013’s festival too.” Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 7 September 2012    

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“[…] ‘Guinea pigs’ is how Anne Nguyen describes herself and her partner Valentine Nagata-Ramos in their duet “Yonder Woman”: In this piece, the two B-girls conduct self-experiments, quite consciously taking on the pressure of audience expectations and setting off in search of some heroism in this world. Doing so, they bring the unexpected to light and show that there is definitely a spark of heroism in the two performers themselves. Anne Nguyen’s field of interest is broad: an author, journalist, dancer and choreographer, she is equally at home with hip hop as with various martial arts. In “Yonder Woman” Nguyen places signature movements from the various styles literally on their head, takes them apart and creates something new. Power moves and contact improvisation are combined to produce cubist appearing, distorted body images. The outcome: new ideas are crystallised and new paths in dance pursued.

(Approx. 25 min.)


Watch a video clip from the production on youtube ...


cast & credits (28 Years in 28 Minutes)

Choreography, Dance, Music: Niels Robitzky alias Storm
Lightdesign: Jean-Yves Desaint-Fuscien
Executive producer and bookings: MOOV'N AKTION,
Co-production: MOOV'N AKTION/ Théâtre Jean Vilar – Suresnes Cités Danse 2011

With the support of: Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
This event was made possible by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK with funds provided by the federal government’s office for culture and media, and by the ministries of culture and art of the federal states.


cast & credits (Yonder Woman)

Choreography: Anne Nguyen
Dancers: Anne Nguyen, Valentine Nagata-Ramos
Artistic Counsel: Vincent Rivard
Music (original creation): Benjamin Magnin
Lighting designer: Ydir Acef
Costume designer: Catherine Petit
Co-production: Compagnie par Terre/ Parc de la Villette (WIP Villette)/ Centre de Danse du Galion d’Aulnay-sous-Bois/ Maison Folie Wazemmes - Ville de Lille/ Danse à tous les Etages !/ MJC Pacé; CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne - Cie Käfig - dans le cadre de l’accueil studio.

With the support of: la Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile de France - Ministère de la culture et de la communication/ la Communauté de Communes Charenton-le-Pont – Saint Maurice.
With the partnership of: Centre national de la danse -research residency/ Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne/ Les Journées Danse Dense/ Culturesfrance.

The par Terre Dance Company is funded by l'aide à la compagnie de la DRAC Ile-de-France, la Région Ile-de-France and l'aide au fonctionnement du Conseil Général du Val-de-Marne.

This event was made possible with kind support from the Institut français and the French ministry for culture and media / DGCA.

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