“In this German premiere, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang show a wealth of moving movement propositions. Not only physically, the two female dancers and three male dancers, including the two choreographers, explore borderlines […]. One gets […] the feeling that the dancers simply choose their own centres of gravity and exempt themselves from the law of gravity for the duration of the dance. It is fascinating, spectacular, and sometimes bordering on the acrobatic. But it remains dance because the spectacle is never an end in itself but embedded in a flowing whole, accompanied by atmospheric sound collages.”
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 7 September 2013
The young choreographic duo Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang conduct experiments at the very limits of the possible in their production “Borderline”. Even the laws of gravity do not seem to apply in this work for three dancers and the two choreographers, thus opening up unimagined possibilities. Ramirez and Wang have received several awards in recent years for their idiosyncratic work fusing contemporary dance and urban dance styles. Hailing from contrasting cultural backgrounds themselves, the two shooting stars are especially interested in cultural identity and in blurring the boundaries between inside and outside in order to open up new perspectives. “Borderline” makes a good start in this direction and, beyond its spectacular moves, gives the audience something to think about and will certainly leave it wanting more.
(approx. 60 Min.)
cast & credits
Artistic direction & choreography: Sébastien Ramirez in collaboration with Honji Wang
Performers: Louis Becker, Johanna Faye, Mustapha Saïd Lehlouh, Sébastien Ramirez, Honji Wang
Riggers: Kai Gaedtke, Ralph Güthler
Assistant to the choreographers: David Gaulein-Stef
Composer and sound manager: Jean-Philippe Barrios
With the participation of: Christophe Isselee
With the voices of: Chung-Won Wang and Henri Ramirez
Light design and technical direction: Cyril Mulon
Dramaturgical collaboration: Catherine Umbdenstock
Set design: Paul Bauer
Costume realisation: Anna Ramirez
Rigging coordination: Jason Oettlé
Production direction: Dirk Korell/camin aktion
Executive production: Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez, Clash66
Co-production: Théâtre de 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)/ act'art – Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne/ Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne - Company Käfig/TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hannover/ Mercat de les Flors (in the frame of two creation residencies at Graner Barcelona)
With the support of: Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon/ Préfecture de région du Languedoc-Roussillon – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles/ Conseil général des Pyrénées Orientales/ Montpellier Danse, residency at Agora, cité internationale de la danse
Thanks to: Centre Culturel Jacques Prévert à Villeparisis for the creation residency/ HAU – Hebbel am Ufer for the research possibilities in Berlin
Company Sébastien Ramirez - Clash66 receives a company support by Préfecture de région du Languedoc-Roussillon – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles, Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon and Conseil général des Pyrénées Orientales.
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.