The duo Wang Ramirez debuted together with AP15, whose virtuosic technique and artistry earned them the opportunity to develop and present their work in the international dance scene. The powerful artistic force of this piece paves the way for Wang and Ramirez’s own choreographic vocabulary and aesthetic ideas. This creation has been recognized for its outstanding quality by numerous prices such as the New York Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in 2013.
AP15 is 15 minutes of pure dance. No need for scenography here. A man and a woman mirror each other in a nervous and feverish pas de deux. As with a couple dancing the tango, the duo explores a symbiotic relationship, in the face of difference, where each dancer manipulates the desired “other”. Between the soul and flesh, between Cupid (Amor) and Psyche, they proceed like in a game of chess. This piece fights like a martial arts duo in a universe of sound signed by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
“It is so laden with sudden effects — whiplash movements and lighting that transforms each dancer from a silhouette into a three-dimensional person — that it stays tense.”
The New York Times
“(...) This duo married immaculate technique with an acute understanding of spatial tension.”
“[Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang] came close to doing the unthinkable: melding influences from contemporary dance and ballet with (...) hip-hop in a duet, AP15, that hinted at the yin- yang duality and tensions that character our spiritual and physical selves.”
Artistic direction, conception, choreography, dance: Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez
Music: Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Costumes: Honji Wang
Creation producer in 2010: Dirk Korell
Executive production: Company Wang Ramirez, Clash66
Dansens Hus Stockholm
Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate Occitanie