The bedrock piece by duo Wang Ramirez creates a portrait of a new, urban, mobile and intercultural generation. Here, they choose their artistic language as freely as their life partner even if he/she speaks a foreign language… or several.
Dance is their language, but so are words. Sébastien, French with Spanish origins crosses choreographic paths with Honji, born in Frankfurt to Korean parents. Because in this open-minded world, everyone can be a cultural mix with blended origins. Honji brings suppleness and Asian musicality to her movement, and Sébastien brings his Mediterranean vivacity.
Together, they tackle Monchichi as they construct their life together – in perfect balance between masculine and feminine. Their dance puts its virtuosity at the service of a quest for truth where nothing is left to conceal doubt or the difficulties in communicating, let alone the joys of togetherness.
In the end, Monchichi is a piece full of humor and self-deprecation, a joint self-portrait that testifies daily life with as much humor as poetry.
“The language that bridges their differences, though, isn’t some blend of ballet and breaking. It’s an outgrowth of hip-hop.”
The New York Times
“It’s quite simply Tanztheater at its best, “living poetry”, with thoughtful images and humorous skits. The debate on immigration and cultural diversity needs exactly this type of contribution to remove the tension.”
“A brilliant duo where humor surprises us in the midst of movement.”
Artistic direction, conception, choreography, dance: Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez
Dramaturgy: Vincent Rafis
Light design: Cyril Mulon
Set design: Ida Ravn
Costumes: Honji Wang
Composer: Ilia Koutchoukov aka Everydayz /+∞
Arrangement: Fabien Biron
Additional music: Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Creation producer in 2011: Dirk Korell
Executive production: Company Wang Ramirez, Clash66
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
Regional council Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée
Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate Occitanie
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
Dansens Hus Stockholm