Running Time: 55 min
Running Time: 55 min
Shihya Peng was born in Taiwan, but she lives in Paris. Marco di Nardo was born in Naples, but he lives in Berlin.
How do we come together when everything is pushing us apart?
How do we perceive one another when soaring walls surround us? What language do we choose?
How do we face the mountain of cultural stereotypes?
What is this dance of interlacing and junction, of fissure and fusion? It’s a dance of cat and mouse, a dance exploring antagonistic forces.
Here, bodies flirt with irony - a desire for joy, a desire for melancholy. Shihya Peng and Marco Di Nardo’s bodies transform into two distorted mirrors – uncovering more about ourselves than we thought we knew. They carry each other, fly, fall, exasperate each other, then get up and walk together.
W.A.M. is like a hidden fable, a secret story– a dance of universal scope – performed in sequences and accompanied with flashes of text by Fabrice Melquiot (who collaborated on the rewrite and dramaturgy). With each move, jump or chase, the two dancers search for a childhood memory, a country to live in together, or to live in with others.
A dance of combat in search of harmony.
With humor, W.A.M. speaks to the young and to the less young. It questions our inner multiple identities and the way they are jostled by others.
Artistic direction, conception, choreography: Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez
With: Marco Di Nardo and Shihya Peng
Text adaptation and actor direction: Fabrice Melquiot
Original dramaturgy: Vincent Rafis
Composition: Ilia Koutchoukov aka Everydayz /+∞
Light design: Cyril Mulon
Set design: Ida Ravn
Costumes: Honji Wang
Additional music: Bachar Mar-Khalifé / Balcoon, Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Arrangements: Fabien Biron
Voice recording and sound arrangement: Clément Aubry
Technical Manager: Guillaume Giraudo
Executive production: Company Wang Ramirez, Clash66
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
Scène Nationale d’Albi
We are Monchichi received co-production support in the frame of the European Creative Pole - DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / Pôle Danse de Lyon (Biennale de la Danse + Maison de la Danse), as well as a creation residency in Lyon.
L’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan
La Villette / artist residencies
Théâtre de la Ville / Les Abbesses
Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate Occitanie
Regional council Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée
County council Pyrénées Orientales
With thanks to Manon Martin for the Melquiot - Wang Ramirez artistic introduction.