“Cellule is a powerful solo. Unique and kaleidoscopic, the work brings the dancer/krumper Nach and the dancer/choreographer Anne-Marie Van together. One and the same person, inhabited by a thousand energies – Paris Art ”
It was by accident that the French Anne-Marie Van – aka Nach – at the age of 22 came into contact with ‘krump’, the free and energetic hip hop style that came into being after the race riots in Los Angeles at the beginning of this century. In an extremely expressive way, African American youth express their rawest emotions through this style of dance. After Nach’s discovery, the street became her teacher: in Lyon, her home, she found a community which taught her the knowledge and fundamentals of this urban ‘Gospel dance’. Meetings with, among others, the Algerian choreographer Heddy Maalem and the French hip hop pioneer Bintou Dembélé encouraged her to feed krump with influences from other dance and art forms. She took lessons in the traditional Indian dance kathakali, studied flamenco, photography, poetry, audio-visual arts, experimental film, and music, among other things, and in doing so developed a completely unique style and gradually replaced the street with the theater.
In this edition of the Holland Dance Festival, Nach makes her Dutch debut with her first solo, Cellule, which she created in 2017. Starting off from the krump idiom, the young choreographer gives space to the different characters that are brewing just below her skin and does so with a rare intensity. She invites you to enter her body, so to speak, and witness the kaleidoscopic metamorphosis of her androgynous body. Cellule is the danced self-portrait of a woman who longs for femininity and authenticity and explores the energies of, among other things, desire, excess, suffering, fear, and pleasure. With her solo, Nach shares a very personal view of krump, freed from the past but loyal to the (physical and Black Lives Matter) movement and its founders.