Graphic Cyphers

Anne Nguyen

French Institute Alliance Francaise, Crossing the Line , Dancing in the Streets

As part of the 2016 edition of Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s celebrated contemporary arts festival, Times Square Arts is pleased to join FIAF, Dancing in the Streets, and their partners to present the US debut of breakdance world champion Anne Nguyen  in two distinct works: Graphic Cyphers, in Times Square and the South Bronx; and Autarcie (….): a search for self-sufficiency at Gibney Dance in Manhattan.


Graphic Cyphers

(a Dancing in the Streets and CTL 2016 Commission)

Friday, September 23 at 2pm
Roberto Clemente Plaza, 149th Street and Third Avenue, South Bronx, NYC

Friday, September 23 at 6:30pm
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse (between 165th and 166th Streets)

Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 & 4:30pm
Times Square, Broadway Plaza (between 46th and 47th Streets)
Free and open to the public

Created in collaboration with 20 New York City street dancers, the world premiere of Nguyen’s Graphic Cyphers is a radical take on the original hip-hop cypher—the circle of dancers that surrounds an ever-changing soloist. In this revitalization of traditional format, the audience will move between constellations of dancers in dizzying sequences of movement and ever-changing levels and locations. Graphic Cyphers will maintain the intimacy and dynamism of close audience proximity to the dancers, while keeping perspective, perception, and participation in constant flux.

Commissioned by Dancing in the Streets and Crossing the Line Festival. Part of BRIDGING, an initiative supported by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. Co-presented with The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Times Square Arts in partnership with Gibney Dance.
Photographs courtesy of Maria Baranova for @TSqArts.