COMPANY WANG RAMIREZ
Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang develop a unique choreographical work rooted in Hip Hop which brings together many artistic languages. The French-German-Hispanic-Korean couple, inseparable in life as on stage translates their complicity in difference through artistic dialogue. Their choreographic research results directly from their “blended” identities and questions human relationships, both intimate and group, in the reality of the new urban mobility.
Wang Ramirez never cease to deepen their quest of finding new choreographic languages with means of expression built on technical virtuosity, poetry, humour and the questioning of human identities. They also develop strong artistic collaborations with artists from different fields.
Since the creation of Company Wang Ramirez, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez have produced and choreographed dance-theatre pieces that have won many awards and appraisals, such as the New York Bessie Award and the nomination for the Rolex Mentor & Protégée Arts Initiative Program.
Acclaimed by the international audience, the company is invited in major theatres and festivals, as Théâtre de la Ville, La Villette and Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Sadler’s Wells (London), Apollo Theater (New York), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), etc. and receives the support of important international co-producers.
Wang & Ramirez developed a conceptual dance performance for the opening celebration of the arts space MADE in Berlin.
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 is recognised as an artist who brings contemporary and hip hop together in an exceptionally organic fashion.
Together with Sébastien Ramirez, Honji Wang received the Bessie Award 2013 as “Outstanding Performer” following the presentation of AP15 at the Apollo Theatre in New York. Their work Monchichi was one of the 2017 Bessie Award nominees for “Outstanding Production” following its performance at BAM Fisher.
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 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 avant-garde female flamenco dancer Rocío Molina in the duet Felahikum as well as with New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns in the duet No.1.
Born in the south of France, Sébastien Ramirez is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Ramirez specializes in the use of aerial work as well as choreographic rigging development.
Since the foundation of his company, he developed a new vision of space and choreography, bringing hip hop dance to a wider and new audience.
Following the presentation of AP15 at the Apollo Theatre in New York, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang received the Bessie Award 2013 as “Outstanding Performers”. Their work Monchichi was one of the 2017 Bessie Award nominees for “Outstanding Production” following its performance at BAM Fisher.
Ramirez contributed to the creation phase of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour in New York City and choreographed for her live show. He also conducted a personal training on floorwork movement for the creation of Akram Khan’s solo DESH. Ramirez 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.