Borderline

Compagnie Wang Ramirez

Borderline marks a turning point in Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang’s research and choreographic language. The dance expands in a dialogue between technique and the art of rigging, while the reflection on human relationships now includes the reality of living together in our democracies. Social boundaries are evoked by the interplay of physical forces on the stage as well as through testimonies – collected from the dancers’ friends and relatives, or from the media, and broadcasted in voice over.

The rigging element, a scenic tool notorious as Deus Ex Machina in the Greek tragedy, allows us to approach weightlessness to create a timeless poetics. In the interaction with the rigger, the body becomes the object of a “weight game”, of balance and freedom. Attached to cables, the five dancers bring to light and transpose the desire of freedom inherent in all forms of dance, especially Hip Hop. With a wealth of experience in levitation, Hip Hop discovers new ways to thwart gravity in its virtuosity of footwork.

The gestures and the costumes create images that reflect Greek and Korean traditions in animality, as well as in our desires and angsts. Between the promise of freedom and the violence of keeping our bodies on the ground, is a space allowing the invention of a new gestural approach. With great fluidity, the piece displays accents of acrobatics, visual poetry and the urban universe. It extends to the ground where the gravitational borderlines shift horizontally, in a mobile scenography that continues to evolve throughout the performance.

Artistic direction & choreography: Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez

Performers: Mehdi Baki or Sébastien Ramirez, Louis Becker, Johanna Faye, Joy Alpuerto Ritter or Honji Wang, Kai Gaedtke, Saïdo Lehlouh

Rigging development: Jason Oettlé and Kai Gaedtke

Composition: Jean-Philippe Barrios
 with the participation of: Christophe Isselee
 and the voices of: Chung-Won Wang and Henri Ramirez

Light design: Cyril Mulon

Dramaturgical collaboration: Catherine Umbdenstock

Set design: Paul Bauer

Costume realization: Anna Ramirez

Co-production
Théâtre de l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan (in the frame of a creation residency)
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
Parc de La Villette, Paris ; Initiatives d’Artistes en Danses Urbaines (Fondation de France – Parc de la Villette with the support of Caisse des Dépôts and Acsé) ; Mercat de les Flors Barcelone (in the frame of creation residencies at Graner) ; Act’art – Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne
Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Company Käfig
TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hannover

Support
Regional council Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate Occitanie County council Pyrénées Orientales

Dates

Nov 7, 2019
Ottowa, Canada
Nov 8, 2019
Ottowa, Canada
Nov 21, 2019
Karlsruhe, Deutschland