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Compagnie Wang Ramirez
Borderline marks a turning point in Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang’s research and choreographic language. The dance evolves into a dialogue between technique and the art of rigging, reflecting on human relationships including democratic life of our reality. Social boundaries are evoked by the interplay of physical forces on the stage as well as through the testimonies - collected from the friends and relatives of the dancers or the media which are broadcasted in voice over. With great fluidity, the piece displays accents of acrobatics, visual poetry and the urban universe.Intention of the Choreography
The stage set, which is well-known as ‘Deus Ex Machina’ in Greek tragedy, leads the audience to a state of zero gravity that creates poetics transcending time. Interacting with the manipulator, the body becomes an object of a ‘weight game’ and ‘balance and freedom.’ Five dancers connected to the cable perform in every form of dance, particularly making clear the aspiration for freedom pursued by hip-hop. In this genre, the dancers face the audience with their various feet movements and the performance that goes defying. The dancers’ movement and costume recall humans’ inner desire and anguish, as well as the images of Greek and Korean tradition. In addition, a new space is secured to devise new movements, between aspiration for freedom and violence that traps human body on the ground.
Honji Wang has an unique dance career: she changed her major field from ballet to hip-hop, street dances. She has continued to work on combining different genres such as hip hop, contemporary dance and street dance. She has been invited to numerous world-renowned performances as a guest artist. She collaborated with globally acclaimed British choreographer Akram Khan and crown jewel of contemporary flamenco Rocío Molina. She also performed in a duet with Sara Mearns, a New York City Ballet principal dancer.
Sébastien Ramirez is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Ramirez specializes in the use of aerial work as well as choreographic rigging development. Since the foundation of his company, he developed a new vision of space and choreography, bringing hip hop dance to a wider and new audience. Ramirez contributed to the creation phase of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour in New York City and choreographed for her live show. He also conducted a personal training on floor movement for the creation of DESH, solo by globally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Akram Khan.
France｜ L’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan (in the frame of a creation residency), Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Parc de La Villette, Paris, Initiatives d’Artistes en Danses Urbaines (Fondation de France – Parc de la Villette with the support of Caisse des Dépôts and Acsé)
Spain │ Mercat de les Flors Barcelone (in the frame of creation residencies at Graner), Act’art – Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne, Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Valde - Marne, Company Käfig
Germany │ TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hannover
Artistic direction and choreography ｜ Honji Wang, Sébastien Ramirez
Cast ｜ Louis Becker, Théophile Bensusan, Johanna Faye, Kai Gaedtke, Sébastien Ramirez, Honji Wang
Rigging Development ｜ Jason Oettlé, Kai Gaedtke
Composition ｜ LACRYMOBOY ( Christophe Isselee , Chung-Won Wang(voice), Henri Ramirez(voice))
Costume design ｜ Cyril Mulon
Dramaturgical collaboration ｜ 캐 Catherine Umbdenstock
Set design ｜ Paul Bauer
Costume realization ｜ Anna Ramirez
Creation Producer in 2013 ｜ Dirk Korell
Executive production ｜ Company Wang Ramirez, Clash66
Company Management ｜ Manon Martin
Communication ｜ Claudia Tanus
Administration ｜ Corinne Aden
Tour Coordination ｜ Mirélia Auzanneau
Technical Management ｜ Cyril Mulon
Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, who founded the Compagnie Wang Ramirez, never cease to deepen their quest of finding new choreographic languages with means of expression built on technical virtuosity, poetry, humor and the question of human identities. Acclaimed by the international audiences, the company has been invited by the world’s prestigious theatres and festivals such as Théâtre de la Ville, La Villette and Théâtre National de Chaillot in France, London’s Sadler’s Wells and New York’s Apollo Theater, thus actively performing throughout the world. They have also received acclaim from the global media, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Monde and le Figaro.