It’s such an honour to bring to Ottawa a vast world of dance, shaped by some of the most gifted and innovative artists working across a broad spectrum of styles and influences. As we continue to search out the best and brightest dance companies to present to you, our wonderfully receptive and enthusiastic audience, we invite you to explore the new and the familiar on this extraordinary journey of life in motion!
Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez are fearless: no challenge seems too big for them as they tackle brave and thrilling themes through multiple dance forms. And they are everywhere – creating in France and Germany, touring around the world, and collaborating with a myriad of fantastic international artists. There’s no stopping these clever and ambitious talents and we’re very excited to welcome them back to the NAC!
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Sébastien’s inspiration for integrating rigging in this piece came from his friends who work as stunt actors in the cinema industry.
Sébastien and Honji are both polyglots. Between the two of them they speak English, French, Spanish, German and Korean.
Since the creation of Company Wang Ramirez, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez have produced and choreographed highly celebrated dance-theatre pieces, winning awards such as the New York Bessie Award and the nomination for the Rolex Mentor & Protégée Arts Initiative Program.
Acclaimed internationally, the company receives support from important co-producers and is invited in major theatres and festivals, such 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), amongst others.
Wang and Ramirez developed a conceptual dance performance for the opening celebration of the arts space MADE in Berlin.
In 2015, they contributed to the creation phase in New York City and choreographed for the live show of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour 2015/2016.
In 2016, Sadler’s Wells invited them to direct and perform a dance work inspired by Nitin Sawhney’s album Dystopian Dream.
Wang Ramirez never ceases to deepen its quest to find new choreographic languages with a means of expression built on technical virtuosity, poetry, humour and the questioning of human identities.
The duo is currently developing strong artistic collaborations with artists from a variety of fields.
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 broadcast in voice over.
The rigging element allows to approach weightlessness and 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, animality, as well as our own desires and angst. 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.