[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Company Wang Ramirez performs March 15-18

Anne-Marie Mulgrew AnneMarie at danceaffiliates.org
Thu Feb 22 16:15:55 EST 2018


NextMove Dance presents
Company Wang Ramirez in the Philadelphia debut of Monchichi
A full-length dance theater work, March 15-18

Company Wang Ramirez premieres its' innovative dance theater work, Monchichi, a unique fusion of contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop, tango and martial arts.  It is performed and created by company artistic directors, Honji Wang, a classically-trained dancer of Korean descent, and Sébastien Ramirez, a Frenchman with Catalonian roots and self-taught B-Boy and hip hop virtuoso.  Five performances are scheduled March 15-18 at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Performances take place Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm; Friday, March 16 at 8:00pm; Saturday, March 17 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, March 18 at 3pm. Tickets are $20-$62 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater Box Office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online http://princetheater.org/next-move.  Student Rush tickets are $10 and Industry Rush tickets are $20 available day of show one hour prior to curtain.


Monchichi, a 55-minute work, creates the stunning portrait of a new, urban, mobile intercultural couple filled with humor and passion.  Set to music composed by Ilia Koutchoukov aka Everydayz with additional music by Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Monchichi opens with a scene suggesting Adam and Eve with the couple slowly becoming aware of one another and their differences.  The sparse tree set by Ida Ravn and Cyril Mulon's dramatic lighting design provide an atmosphere reminiscent of a 21st century Garden of Eden or a vignette from "Waiting for Godot." In subsequent sections, Wang & Ramirez explore the communication challenges one faces between intercultural families - a mix of German, French, Spanish, Korean and English with voiceovers and spoken words in these languages.   Costumes by Wang feature everyday clothing such as a suit coat, sneakers, jeans, pants, tops, skirts and a scene with Wang performing hip hop rooted moves in heels and a blond wig.  The work combines mysterious characters, jaw-dropping moves (i.e. mid- air spins, dislocated robotic limbs, freezes, partnering), amazing technical precision (Ramirez's interactions with Wang), acrobatic showmanship, and a fusion of dance genres resulting in a new form of Urban Tanztheater (Dance Theater).  Tanz notes, "it is quite simply Tanztheater at its best, living poetry with thoughtful images and humorous skits.



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