France/Germany

Compagnie Wang Ramirez

Everyness

In EVERYNESS, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez have conceived a poetic enchanting piece, with which they research the emotional spectrum of a relationship: love, friendship, indifference and jealousy. Using dance, they create different mood worlds, lend form to active forces of attraction and trace existing emotional power structures. After delivering a duel on an open stage with flamenco dancer Rocío Molina at the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps in 2016, dancer Honji Wang, lauded for her refined and silky-soft motility, returns to Switzerland. This time, her virtuosic partner Sébastien Ramirez is with her on stage. Joined by three dancers from their company, they present a charismatic, very contemporary fusion of many movement languages, including hip-hop and martial arts. A highly versatile fabric sculpture becomes an active participant. In a stage space filled with contrast-rich light and sound effects, the ensemble even seems to develop aerobatic feats, boldly hurling itself into a relationship roundelay. This piece offers a veritable kaleidoscope of impressions.

Honji Wang

Honji Wang

This German dancer and choreographer with Korean roots grew up in Frankfurt. In her childhood and as a youth, she received a classical ballet education and attended martial arts courses at the same time. Later, she also obtained hip-hop skills. These varied experiences make her one of today’s most multifaceted dancers. She and her partner Sébastien Ramirez run the Company Wang Ramirez, founded in 2007. In 2016, Steps audiences experienced her together with Rocío Molina in Felahikum. She has also worked with other artists, such as Madonna, Akram Khan and Sara Mearns, principal of the New York City Ballet. In 2013, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez received the Bessie Award for «outstanding performers» with AP15 (Apollo Theater, New York). In 2017, their production Monchichi was nominated for the «Outstanding Production» Bessie Award. Picture: Koonepics

Sébastien Ramirez

Sébastien Ramirez

Born in Perpignan, Sébastien Ramirez caught the hip-hop bug in his youth. He taught himself, but was also influenced by encounters with other dance styles, cultures and forms of expression. He and his partner Honji Wang run the Company Wang Ramirez, founded in 2007. Their creations, such as AP15 (2010), Monchichi (2011), Borderline (2013) and Felahikum (2015), have thrilled audiences at many theatres and international festivals. Ramirez’s experience also includes a collaboration with Madonna. Picture: Koonepics

Programme:

EVERYNESS

Artistic directors/Choreography:

Honji Wang, Sébastien Ramirez

Music composition:

Schallbauer

Stage design:

Constance Guisset

Lighting design:

Cyril Mulon

Sound designer and director:

Clément Aubry

Wire rope rigging:

Kai Gaedtke

Costumes:

Linda Ehrl

Lighting assistant:

Guillaume Giraudo

Producer for the premiere in 2016:

Dirk Korell

Dancers:

Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Salomon Baneck-Asaro, Alexis Fernandez Ferrera alias Maca, Sébastien Ramirez, Honji Wang

Production:

Compagnie Wang Ramirez

Co-production:

Théâtre de l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan (as part of a creation residency), Théâtre de la Ville – La Villette, Mercat de les Flors, Tanz im August, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps

Supported by:

Capital Cultural Fund/Berlin Senate, Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Occitanie, Conseil départemental des Pyrénées Orientales, the BNP Paribas Foundation, fabrik Potsdam as part of the “artists in residence” programme

Acknowledgements:

Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne/Compagnie Käfig
The company Wang Ramirez, Clash66 is supported by Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Occitanie, Conseil régional Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Conseil départemental des Pyrénées Orientales. For development of its projects, the company also receives funding from the BNP Paribas Foundation. Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are supported by Théâtre de l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan, as “artistes accompagnés”.

Premiere:

9th of February 2016, Théâtre de l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan (F)

Swiss premiere

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