Portraits in Otherness

Mamu Tshi / Dickson Mbi / Joy Ritter

Tour Dates

Duration 70 mins. without break

May 3, 2022

Lausanne

19:30

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May 4, 2022

Lausanne

19:30

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May 7, 2022

Lugano

20:30

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May 11, 2022

Zug

20:00

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May 13, 2022

Moutier

20:00

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May 19, 2022

Steckborn

20:15

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May 21, 2022

Basel

20:00

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Ticket information

Théâtre Sévelin 36

Lausanne

Av. de Sévelin 36

www.theatresevelin36.ch +41 21 620 00 10

Théâtre Sévelin 36

Lausanne

Av. de Sévelin 36

www.theatresevelin36.ch +41 21 620 00 10

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Lugano

Piazza Bernardino Luini 6

www.luganolac.ch +41 58 866 42 22

Theater Casino Zug

Zug

Artherstrasse 2-4

www.theatercasino.ch +41 41 729 05 05

Aula de Chantemerle

Moutier

Chemin de Chantemerle 2

www.ccpmoutier.ch +41 32 493 45 11

Phönix Theater

Steckborn

Im Feldbach 8

www.phoenix-theater.ch +41 52 761 19 85

Kaserne Basel

Basel

Klybeckstrasse 1b

www.kaserne-basel.ch +41 61 666 60 00

Portraits in Otherness is a triple bill par excellence featuring the stylistically diverse solo dance works of three promising young artists. L’Héritière deals with existence and dignity, catapulting the audience into the fascinating world of “krumping”. Mamu Tshi is a promising voice on the Swiss street dance scene. Like her, Dickson Mbi also has a passion for hip-hop and captivates audiences with his impressive “popping” skills. His solo dance work Duende is a personal narrative, which powerfully conjures up memories and deep feelings. Joy Ritter completes the spectacular trio. She combines Filipino folk dancing, classical dance education and the art of “voguing” in her solo work BABAE, which is inspired by Mary Wigman’s famous solo work Hexentanz. All three explore the boundaries of their artistic roots and develop their own signature choreography. The choreographer Akram Khan and his dramaturge Farooq Chaudhry are the driving forces behind the idea to promote young international talent. The Swiss artist Mamu Tshi was mentored by the choreographer Philippe Saire. The three mentors hope to pass on their experiences and create a platform to showcase talent, which is a big gain, not only for those on the stage, but also for those who sit in front of it.

Mamu Tshi

Mamu Tshi

Mamu Tshi was born in the Republic of the Congo and now lives and works in Lausanne. The young artist felt drawn to street dance at a young age and is now a world champion in krumping, for which she was awarded “Dancer of the Year” in 2020. The powerful, expressive and liberating form of freestyle dance is part of the street dance movement and considered an artistic response to the systematic repression suffered by certain groups of people and their resulting frustration. The lively “battles”, which are influenced by hip-hop, are typically carried out in public spaces by different “crews”. Mamu Tshi was involved in the dynamic underground street dance scene for a long time before appearing for the first time at Théâtre Sévelin 36 as part of Quarts d’Heure, a platform for young choreographers, in 2019. Based on her extraordinary artistic work, she was subsequently invited to develop her solo work Womb: Entrailles as artiste associée through spring 2023. With her work l’Héritière, she is among the participants of the international trio Portraits in Otherness and is supported and mentored by the director of Théâtre Sévelin 36, Philippe Saire. Picture: Mathilda Olmi

Dickson Mbi

Dickson Mbi

Dickson Mbi was born in Cameroon and grew up in London. He has a background in jazz, ballet and contemporary dance and studied at Lewisham College and the London Contemporary Dance School. Today, he is an internationally successful dancer in the hip-hop scene and famous for his powerful movements and remarkable jumping ability. He has won numerous competitions, including popping contests at Juste Debout UK, BattleISM, KOD and the British B-Boy Championships. As a dancer, he collaborated with Basement Jaxx, Shallama, Robbie Williams, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Black Eyed Peas, Russell Maliphant and Boy Blue Entertainment. In 2017, he was nominated for the UK Theatre Award (“Best Achievement in Dance”) and for “Emerging Artist” and “Outstanding Male Performer (Modern)” at the National Dance Awards Critic Circle. Picture: Woon-Shik Lee

Joy Ritter

Joy Ritter

Joy Ritter was born in Los Angeles and moved to Freiburg im Breisgau at the age of four. She received her first ballet lessons as a child before being accepted to the Palucca University of Dance Dresden at the age of seventeen. In addition to ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, traditional Filipino and Polynesian folk dances round off her dance repertoire. In 2011, she was a member of the Jackson Immortal World Tour, a show produced by the renowned Cirque du Soleil to commemorate the pop legend Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, with shows in the US, Canada and Europe. Since 2012, she has toured the world with Wang Ramirez and the Akram Khan Company and is increasingly involved in the hip-hop scene. She was nominated by the UK National Dance Awards as outstanding dancer in 2017 for her performance in Until the Lions. Picture: Merav Maroody

Programme:

L’Héritière, Duende, BABAE

Artistic directors:

Akram Khan, Farooq Chaudhry

Artistic production:

Farooq Chaudhry

Age recommendation:

8 years and older

L’Héritière

Choreography/dance:

Mamu Tshi

Music:

Tracy September

Lighting:

Samuel Montaño

Mentor:

Philippe Saire

Production:

Théâtre Sévelin 36

Co-production:

Théâtre Sévelin 36, Akram Khan Company, Migros Culture Percentage

Dance Festival Steps

Premiere:

3 May 2022 at Théâtre Sévelin 36 as part of the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps

Duende

Choreography/dance:

Dickson Mbi

Music:

Roger Goula

Lighting:

Fabiana Piccioli

Production:

Farooq Chaudhry

Co-production:

Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells London

Premiere:

5 June 2018 at Sadler’s Wells London; first Swiss performance

BABAE

Choreography/dance:

Joy Ritter

Artistic assistant:

Lukas Steltner

Music:

Vicenzo Lamagna

Costumes:

Lan Behrendt DYAO

Lighting:

Arne Schmitt, Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Production:

Farooq Chaudhry

Co-production:

Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells London, «Witchdance Project» Sophiensaele Berlin, Tanzfonds Erbe

Premiere:

5 June 2018 at Sadler’s Wells London; first Swiss performance

Further information:

Dickson Mbi

Joy Ritter

Akram Khan Company – Portraits in Otherness