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THE DIVINE CYPHER | Ana Pi (Belo Horizonte | Paris)

20. Okt. 2023

Based on the works of Ukrainian-US-American avant-garde director Maya Deren, who conducted research on ‘Voudoun’ culture in Haiti during the 1940’s and 50’s, choreographer, video artist, and dancer Ana Pi examines the connection between ancestral and contemporary Haitian dances. Within the framework of SPIELART on October 20 and 21 at HochX

Like a cypher, like a round dance that is open to other artists whose approach is transdisciplinary, collective, and circular, THE DIVINE CYPHER combines radical imagination and African Diasporic art. In playing with dances, objects, and costumes, multiple layers of individual as well as collective memories, of archives of the past and futurity, overlap. Musically, too, the choreographer unites traditional and contemporary through experimental composition. While this remains a solo evening, Ana Pi enters into dialogue with her ancestors, with Maya Deren, with Madame Katherine Dunham, her predecessor and Haitian women artists she encountered during her research process.


Choreographer and imagery artist, educator, and extemporary dancer Ana Pi examines Afro-diasporic and urban dances in her works. During her research journeys, she engages with dimensions of transit, displacement, belonging, remembrance, and ordinary gestures. She founded the NA MATA LAB for choreographic, poetic, and political research in 2020. Her artistic works touch on choreography, discourse, and installation. THE DIVINE CYPHER premiered on November 18th and 19th 2021 at the Briqueterie CDCN Val-de-Marne within the framework Festival d’Automne in Paris / Carte blanche à Lia Rodrigues.

20.10.18:00 – 19:00

21.10.18:30 – 19:30


Concept, Choreography, Scenography, Video, Research, Performance Ana Pi Lighting & Stage Management Bia Kaysel Music, Sound Jideh HIGH ELEMENTS | Emy de Pradines | Auguste de Pradines – Ezili Nenenn Ô | Julien Creuzet | Maya Deren Real Memories, Dreamed Dialogue Katherine Dunham | Maya Deren | Emy de Pradines | Lumane Casimir | Martha Jean-Claude | Toto Bissainthe | Marie-Ange Aurilin | Ginite Popote | Tara El | Wendy Désert | Gerda Boisguené | Murielle Jassinthe | TRVANIA | Jenny Mezile Semiotic Perspective Prof. Dr. Cida Moura Philosophical Perspective Prof. Dr. Maria Fernanda Novo Visual Perspective Julien Creuzet Filter Design Emilien Colombier Costume @remexefavelinha Contributions to Scenography Studio Julien Creuzet

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