Production Details / Press Releases
In “EVERYNESS”, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez achieve the appearance of zero gravity and weightlessness through an extraordinary degree of body control. As in their previous hit Borderline, they employ a wire rope technique which is used for fight choreographies in Asian martial arts films. The two dancers create expressive poetic imagery in this innovative piece urban dance theatre. With “EVERYNESS”, they explore the many facets of human relationships. The duo’s unique movement style has deep roots in hip hop and is influenced by contemporary idioms, ballet and martial arts. With this utterly distinctive language of dance, Wang Ramirez have caused an international sensation: they’ve been awarded a Bessie Award, and were involved in Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour as dancers and choreographers. Honji Wang and Sébastian Ramirez met each other at a Berlin dance studio. At Tanz im August, the duo can finally be seen again back where their artistic career together all began.
Honji Wang is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director born and raised in Germany by Korean parents. Her dance language is an abstraction of hip hop dance and has influences of earlier martial arts and ballet training. She was invited as a guest artist to perform a duo with acclaimed British choreographer Akram Khan titled “The Pursuit of Now” which was accompanied by well-known pianist Shahin Novrasli. She also collaborated with the most compelling and avant-garde female flamenco dancer Rocío Molina in the duet “Felahikum”. Wang was invited to Madonna’s final auditions in New York, where her outstanding performance earned her an invitation to tour and perform for the Rebel Heart Tour. She was part of the movement research team for Wachowski Sisters’ “Jupiter Ascending” and had her first film experience as the Mongolian witch in the movie “Hansel & Gretel”, directed by Tommy Wirkola.
Born in the south of France, Sébastien Ramirez is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Starting as a gifted b-boy, he soon won major hip hop championships and acted as a judge for numerous international competitions. Winner of the Redbull BC ONE French championship, he founded his company and developed a new vision of space and choreography, bringing hip hop dance to a wider and new audience. Akram Khan invited him to direct a personal workshop at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, a recognition of his unique quality of movement. He was also invited by Sadler’s Wells as one of the five choreographers of “RIOT OffSpring”, a unique dance piece performed to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic “The Rite of Spring” played by Southbank Sinfonia. Most recently, Ramirez was invited by Madonna to choreograph for her Rebel Heart Tour.
Cast & Credits
Artistic director, choreography: Wang Ramirez
With: Salomon Baneck-Asaro, Alexis Fernandez Ferrera aka Maca, Christine Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Honji Wang, Sébastien Ramirez or Thierno Thioune
Music: Sound engineer
Light, technical management: Cyril Mulon
Dramaturgy: Roberto Fratini
Stage: Constance Guisset
Rigging: Kai Gaedtke
Sound: Clément Aubry
Stylist: Linda Ehrl
Assistant in Berlin: Oguz Sen
Production management: Dirk Korell
Production management: Manon Martin
Communication: Claudia Tanus
Production management | Germany: Sabine Seifert
Production management | France: Corinne Aden
Production total: Company Wang Ramirez, Clash66
A coproduction of Tanz im August
Cooproduction: Théâtre de l’Archipel, National de Perpignan (in the context of an artists’ residence), Théâtre de la Ville / La Villette, Mercat de les Flors, dance in August, Migros cultural program Tanzfestival Steps (Switzerland)
With the support of: Capital Cultural Fund, Senate Berlin, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, DRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Conseil départemental des Pyrénées Orientales, Fondation BNP Paribas, fabrik Potsdam within the program “Artists in residence”
Thanks to: Center Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie cage for the dance floor, Company Wang Ramirez Clash66 is sponsored by the Conseil régional Languedoc-Roussillon, the French Ministry of Culture and the Conseil départemental des Pyrénées Orientales.
With the support of Fondation BNP Paribas.
Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are “Artistes Associés” of the Théâtre de l ‘Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan for the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 season.
Tanz im August 2016
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Sven Neumann
Production: Isa Köhler, Andreas Skjönberg, Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistance of Artistic Director / Production: Marie Schmieder
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):