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Monday, October 10, 2016

In Context: Monchichi

Polyglot performance duo Wang Ramirez (Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez) employ their signature dance-theater aesthetic in this riveting duet, part of the Brooklyn-Paris Exchange. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #WangRamirez.

Program Notes

Monchichi (PDF)


Interview with Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez (ArtsMania)
This interview with the couple covers the history of both their personal and working relationships, and offers a glimpse at their recent six-person work, Everyness.

A New Experiment in Next Wave: Brooklyn - Paris Exchange (BAM Blog)
Learn more about the new Brooklyn-Paris Exchange.

History of Breakdance (Global Darkness)
A brief historical overview of breakdance, one of the company’s major choreographic touchstones.


Live with WangRamirez (Facebook)
A spirited Q&A with company members Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez (including a short performance excerpt!).

A short film of Wang & Ramirez's first dance collaboration (YouTube)
Created for a hip-hop competition.

On tour with Madonna (YouTube)
The duo at work choreographing for Madonna’s recent “Rebel Heart” tour.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #WangRamirez.


  1. These two are terrific. Such precise and inventive moves. Infused with great style and humor. I'd see them again in a second.

  2. This show really ought to have come with a trigger warning. The racial stereotyping and mocking of people of color were unexpected. Shame on the people in the audience who laughed at certain racist parts. You may think you're enlightened on race, but you assuredly are not. You're no better than Trump supporters. I would say you're worse!

    1. Maybe watch the Live Q&A with the artists to undestand what the artists were trying to communicate with their show. Talking about race with a little bit of humor isn't always a bad thing.

  3. The dancing was fine, though a little passe; but the music was awful.

  4. This show was amazing. The dancing mixed with the b-dance music, the upbeat elctro tunes made the whole show mesmerising.
    On top of the that, the subject matter of multi-culturalism was approached with humor and wit, showing that it is possible to talk about it without negativity, and shine a light on how it should be done.

    Thank you for an amazing show

  5. Thanks for that amazing show! I wanted to stay for the next one :)
    It was beautiful, original, technical and funny. You're both excellent and I was impressed by your performance. I could feel that you're open to the world and with jokes you actually challenged some stereotypes. Too bad that some (Mr "Anonymous on this page) were not subtil enough to get that. But by the laughters and the applause at the end, I could tell that most of the audience loved it. Bravo!

  6. Wang and Ramirez are amazing dancers to watch, and we would have been fully entertained if dance was all they did. We weren't expecting to connect with them also through their life stories. The commonalities to our own polyglot Asian/European experiences made the performance feel very personal. We were deeply impressed by the way, through dance and storytelling, they captured the very complicated, mixed up feelings of being from and living in various places. We hope it will not be too long before we have another chance to see Wang Ramirez in NYC!