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September 12th, 2012: Sébastien Ramirez / Honji Wang – Monchichi

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Now that’s what I want to see. A wonderful show, where for a change even the words didn’t disturb me, because they were just adding to what the dance had made clear by then.

At first I thought Honji Wang would be more about strength and fluidity, while Sébastien Ramirez was exhibiting serious mastery of stop and go. But those roles didn’t stick, though there was some of that. They were far smarter than that, and the roles were just a touch away from being traded. And they sure know how to handle a light touch, as was evident in a great sequence where there seemed to be a wave of life going from one to the other through fingertips.

There were definitely traces of hip-hop dance in there, but that’s kinda like saying there’s some classical side to Forsythe. And I’m not dropping that name out of the blue. It’s way too early, of course, but these two have the spark it would take for them to become the Forsythe of my generation. Their use of the ground was fed from b-boying but deconstructed  and rebuilt to suit their purpose. Acknowledging the roots? To me they went beyond that, they grew from them, and isn’t that what roots are for?

That’s why their words didn’t annoy me, they were repeating something the dance had made clear already, but focused the focus. German, Korean, French, Spanish, classical, contemporary, hip-hop, these end up being labels and boxes, not even in the way but irrelevant when lightning strikes. And this time at least, with these two dancers/choreographers/whatever-they-want-to-be-called, lightning struck home and lighted a path. I hope I’ll be there next time. I have a feeling these two are making their own lightning

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September 26, 2012 - Posted by | Dance | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I would like to know aout the music of Monchichi. thanks

    Comment by maite | April 20, 2013 | Reply

    • According to the program I fished out, most of the music was by Everydayz /+∞ (Ilia Koutchoukov), who might have a soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/musicforeverydayz
      This might be the wrong guy, I had this link somewhere but never investigated.
      Additional music by Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis

      Comment by counterfnord | April 25, 2013 | Reply


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