Honji is German-Korean, Sébastien French-Spanish. Together they operate the Wang Ramirez company inspired by experimental hip hop, martial arts and contemporary dance.
Choreographers and performers of hybrid works, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez play on the theme of the cultural melting pot and on their involvement as a couple, in their art and their life. This emerges in their stage successes since their debut in 2010: AP15, followed by Monchichi and Dystopian Dream in 2017. Their growing success has allowed the pair to broaden their horizons, work with new collaborators and performers, and accept commissions, leading to Everyness in 2016, a piece for four dancers, besides Honji, and the more recent Au revoir, a work created for the Danskompani of the Gothenburg Opera.
Their new project YouMe. You are you and me I’m me is the result, in part, of a “virtual” residency in Rovereto, and doesn’t feature them on the stage. In this case, they direct a choreographic-musical encounter of three women from different backgrounds, in terms of their training and origins: the Spanish flamenco dancer Sara Jimenez, the Greek Kalliopi Tarasidou, a star of popping (one of the styles of hip hop) and the French cellist Elsa Guiet.
The idea? To establish a face-to-face dialogue of movement and music, between feisty, warlike and complicit female figures. With the cello, symbol of the extension of the body, invited to share the stage with the dancers, in an attempt to transform space, time and sound into a single poetic story. A natural evolution to the successful Felahikum, which, six years ago, in 2015, immortalised on stage the intercultural dialogue between Honji Wang and contemporary flamenco star Rocío Molina. Charismatic and intense, Honji and Rocío, on the stage, told us what they had in common and what separated them. Now it’s the turn of the other three to get involved.
Creation and artistic direction Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez
Choreography Honji Wang
Choregraphy assistant Marco Di Nardo
Dramaturgy Wang Ramirez
Dancers Kalli Tarisidou and Sara Jimenez
Cellist Elsa Guiet
Music Elsa Guiet, Fernando Egozcue Folgueras, Pablo Martin Jones
Sound Design Javier Alvarez, Jorge Cañón
Set Design Wang Ramirez
Light Design Guillaume Bonneau
Costume Design Annamaria Di Mambro
Light Manager Guillaume Bonneau
Sound Engineer Jorge Cañón
Production Wang Ramirez
Co-production Festival Regarding, Festival of new interpretation - Tel Aviv, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Scène nationale d’Albi - Albi, Oriente Occidente - Rovereto
Supported by Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate Occitanie, Regional council Occitanie/Pyrénées-Meéditerranée, County council Pyrénées Orientales, Foundation BNP Paribas and Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati - Fondazione franco-italiana di sostegno alla creazione contemporanea
Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez are associated artist of Théâtre de la Ville - Paris e artisti and supported by l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan