Face à Terre

Face à Terre


Country, city
France, Tarbes

Web Site

Production contact
Gilles Rondot

Presentation of the company

The company Dans6t was created in 2001 and is directed by the choreographer Bouziane Bouteldja since 2005. The work of the company is based around:

  • Workshops on artistic practices and organising dance-forums, placing dance at the service of cultural and social actions.
  • Actions in the framework of city policies (dependent on the Ministry of the Interior and the the Ministry of Culture).
  • Dance lessons.
  • Choreographic creations by Bouziane Bouteldja who, through his engagement regarding the questions of society, defines this practice as a ‘citizen’s dance’. The cultural action projects which have been put into place these last few years are centred on questions of otherness, identity, citizenship and, in a more global sense, the values of the Republic. These different choreographic pieces reach out with themes such as emancipation, the relationship towards others, the meaning of life, prejudice, the sentiment of rejection, religion, death and all the rituals involved…

He created « ALTÉRITÉ » (2012), winner of the « [Re]connaissances » prize. Later on, he composes a solo called « RÉVERSIBLE » (2015) as well as the pieces « FAUX SEMBLANTS » (2016) and « FACE À TERRE » (2018). In 2019, he conceives « ALTÉRITÉ-MAROC », an adaptation of the work presented in 2012, which takes into account the different identities from one side of the Mediterranean to the other.

Show presentation

This new piece by Bouziane Bouteldja has built itself following an exchange with Ana Pi and Bastien Picot.

Ana Pi, who comes from Brazil, reflects on the status of a black body on stage and has recently realised a solo called « NoirBLUE ».

Bastien Picot, who originates from Reunion Island, a melting pot that gave birth to this virtuoso singer, polymorphic, solar, both masculine and feminine, who is in the habit of engaging his body on stage and with dance.

« FACE À TERRE » follows the reflections of Bouziane and his vision of the world and meaning of life. Notably, this piece continues the numerous questions that abounded during the creation and the performance of the solo « RÉVERSIBLE », in which Bouziane presented an emancipation procedure and learning what is freedom. We will observe that with « FACE À TERRE », he approaches the joint problematic that is even more fundamental : the relationship to death – an axis of reflection whose final outcome is none other than an ode to life.

Other than a recourse to past productions, the project can emerge thanks to the different research laboratories conducted in France and abroad – notably, in Mexico and Brazil. These laboratories allowed us to observe funeral rites and experiment with their relationship to dance as well as music ; an approach that reveals several significances, depending on each one’s beliefs.

Creative team

Artistic Direction
Bouziane Bouteldja

Bouziane Bouteldja, colaboración con Ana Pi

Bastien Picot

Arnaud Vernet Le Naun

Lighting and set design
Cyril Leclerc

Costume design
Mathilde Marie

External view
Elsa Poissonnet and Coraline Lamaison

Artistic and production Collaboration
Gilles Rondot

Production, co-production, credits


  • Cie Dans6t
  • Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine
  • Via danse – direction Fatoumi Lamoureux / CCN-BFC in Belfort
  • Initiatives d’Artistes en Danses Urbaines-Fondation de France- La Villette 2017, Paris
  • La place de la danse – CDCN de Toulouse/Occitanie
  • Le Parvis / national theatre of Tarbes


  • Arcadi Île-de-France
  • Ministry of Culture / Drac Occitanie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Conseil Départemental des Hautes-Pyrénées
  • Conseil Départemental du Val-de-Marne

The performance benefits from the PYRENART (FEDER) trans border co-operation project, within the framework of the Interreg V-A Spain-France-Andorra POCTEFA 2014-2020 project.


05/04/2019. La Ferme du Bel Ebat, Guyancourt (France).
16/04/2019. Le Parvis, national theatre de Tarbes, Tarbes (France).

Photo credits

Gilles Rondot