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To the Heart by Thierry Thieû Niang at The Invisible Dog Art Center

2017 FACE Contemporary Theater Grantee

On June 16 an 17, 2018, The Invisible Dog Art Center presents To the Heart, Thierry Thieû Niang's exploration of childhood. A young body lies on the ground. Is it alive or dead? Are we on a nearby beach or in a garden, a schoolyard maybe? Inspired by the powerful photographs of the bodies of refugee children lying on the ground, the project is a chance for the artist to speak to children and teenagers, and them to speak to us.

Whether the young participants are already experienced dancers or fresh newcomers, together they form a unique and fluid community. Their fragility and commitment tell stories of blooming, fall, loss, and consolation. Performers share the stage with a musician who gives the ceremony its tempo, serving sometimes as a guide, sometimes as a witness and will resonate for a while, thanks to the words of writer and poet Linda Lê.

A schoolteacher and psychomotor therapist by training, Thierry Thieû Niang  knows how to set up the ideal conditions for movement and for future exchanges, for his research has long been for and with all bodies; with children, with older people, with people with autism, or with prisoners, he likes to create spaces where all can coexist. For him, dance is a simple joy and that walking with someone else is in and of itself a way of existing, a life project. 

Thierry Thieu Niang speaks about his work just before leaving for New York. Read the interview here.

Duration: 45 minutes

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The performances of "To the Heart" are supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.