We are Monchichi
COMPANY WANG RAMIREZ
For young audiences
Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang’s choreographic writing is an evolving sketch of a limitless country. They imagine it, erase it, and reinvent it with every movement. They live in this country with the profound naiveté of children fascinated by the interplay of their bodies in the mirror. They observe each other, brush past each other, avoid each other, throw themselves at one another, hurt each other, work it out, reject each other, get back together… just like grown-up couples, just like kids in the schoolyard.
Monchichi is the story of people who ask the endless question about converging identities of which every individual is composed (personal identity, social identity, geographic identity, borrowed identity, poetic identity) so in the end, there’s no more need to ask it.
We Are Monchichi will tell children, adolescents, adults, all audiences that the 21st century is, and will be, an “unfolding of self” in the self of others, an absence of borders, an intermingling of languages, an enriching time. We Are Monchichi is a “poelitical” performance that lies between dance and theater, poetry and politics, where thoughts summon movements, where humor surpasses grace, where roots attach themselves to other roots all in order to create a sensual and diversely blended text. A text that transports situations, anecdotes, stories, our stories, whether we are 7 or 70 years old.
The question of community, of integrating a new group, of offering friendship, of budding love, of learning about class, of supporting neighbors already begins when there are two. We all exist in this couple. Virtuosos and childlike.
Artistic direction, conception, choreography, dance: Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez
With: Marco Di Nardo and Shihya Peng
Dramaturgy and text: Fabrice Melquiot
Light design: Cyril Mulon
Set design: Ida Ravn
Costumes: Honji Wang
Composer: Ilia Koutchoukov aka Everydayz /+∞
Additional music: Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Arrangement: Fabien Biron
Voice recording and sound arrangement: Clément Aubry
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.
Théâtre de l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan La Villette / artist residencies
Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate Occitanie Regional council Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée