“[…] It is the extremely poetic story of how a girl trained in classical dance and a virtuoso breakdancer develop a refreshingly new and tongue-in-cheek kind of movement language: The petite Asian dancer incorporates her partner’s tough acrobatics into her butter-soft body language while he assumes her graceful, wave-like arm movements. Every movement is like an electric shock: The dance of the other gives birth to a new dance. […]” Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 September 2012
A man, a woman and a tree – that’s all the production “Monchichi” needs to tell an authentic story of alienation, the search for identity and love. A couple both on stage and in real life, Sébastien Ramirez has Spanish roots and was raised in the South of France and Hyun-Jung Wang was born in Germany to Korean parents. Similarly, their dance backgrounds could hardly be more contrasting: while Ramirez was a B-boy, Wang was classically trained. But they share a fascination for other dance styles and a great love of experimentation. Hence they find their very own movement language in this atmospherically dense work linking and evolving different dance forms in a highly idiosyncratic way. “Monchichi” is a declaration of love to dance and a bold statement against intolerance as well as an example of the great opportunities which the fusion of opposites can hold.
(Approx. 55 min.)
cast & credits
Artistic Director: Sébastien Ramirez
Conception/Choreography/Dance: Sébastien Ramirez, Hyun-Jung Wang
Dramaturgy: Vincent Rafis
Light design: Cyril Mulon
Set design: Ida Ravn
Composer: Ilia Koutchoukov aka Everydayz /+∞
Arrangement: Fabien Biron
Additional music by: Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Production Direction & Bookings: Dirk Korell, www.caminaktion.eu
Co-production: Company Sébastien Ramirez, Clash 66 / Act'art - Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne / Le Théâtre* Scène Nationale de Narbonne / Initiatives d'Artistes en Danses Urbaines (Fondation de France, Parc de la Villette with the support of Caisse des Dépôts and Acsé)/ Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf/ Communauté de Communes de la Région Lézignanaise
With the support of: Préfecture de région du Languedoc-Roussillon - Direction régionale des affaires culturelles/ Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon/ Hebbel am Ufer - HAU, Berlin/ Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Senat Berlin)/ Casa Musicale Perpignan/ Association Départementale de Développement de la Musique et de la Danse de l'Aude/ Réseau en Scène Languedoc-Roussillon.
We thank: Dansens Hus ,Stockholm/ Réseau HipHop Languedoc-Roussillon
This event was made possible by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK with funds provided by the federal government’s office for culture and media, and by the ministries of culture and art of the federal states. With kind support from the Institut francais and from the French ministry for culture and communication / DGA.