A world tour of urban dance in ten cities
‘Urban dances in South America, in the United States, in Europe, in Asia, and in Africa are always connected to the diverse body of African dance, which migrated with the continent’s deported slaves and immigrants. These forms of urban dance were invented in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, shaped by waves of deportation and immigration. The complex heritage of this profoundly unequal social order can also be seen, rising to the surface in these dances.’ – Ana Pi
From South Africa to Jamaica, from the United States to Angola... The young Brazilian choreographer Ana Pi gives a tour of the world of urban dance, through ten cities and ten different types of dance. Each street dance is linked to a city, its violence and injustice, but also to vibrant energy. These days, urban dances are mainly spreading through the Internet, which makes for constant and rapid evolutions, as well as the spectacular popularity of dance styles all over the world.
Ana Pi made Tour du monde des danses urbaines in 2014. Since then, she has presented the play more than 400 times around the world, for audiences of all ages.
• Ana Pi is a choreographer and visual artist, researcher in urban dance, dancer and teacher. She is currently associate choreographer at MAC VAL, the museum of contemporary art of Val-de-Marne, and at La Briqueterie – CDCN, for the European project Dancing Museums: The Democracy of Beings. In 2020, she received a grant from MoMA in New York to create The Divine Cypher in Haiti. She will present this project in the next season at Kaaitheater.
texts, research, video editing, choreography & performance Ana Pi | collaboration Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud | production Association des Centres de Développement Chorégraphique Nationaux | support Direction Générale de la Création Artistique [La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie ; La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine ; La Maison Uzès Gard Occitanie ; Les Hivernales CDCN d’Avignon ; Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble Auvergne-Rhône-Alpe ; Art Danse CDCN Bourgogne-Franche-Comté ; La Briqueterie CDCN Val-de-Marne ; Atelier de Paris CDCN ; L’échangeur CDCN Hauts- de-France ; Le Gymnase CDCN Hauts-de-France ; Pole- Sud CDCN Strasbourg ; Touka Danses CDCN Guyane ] | production NA MATA LAB | co-production Latitudes Prod. – Lille | Thanks to Vlovajob Pru, Annie Bozzini & the CDCN team (who commissioned the work) and thanks to the entire community of street dance artists who made the research possible | supported by Be My Guest