With their utterly distinctive language of dance, Wang Ramirez have caused an international sensation: they've been awarded a Bessie Award, and were involved in Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour as dancers and choreographers. Honji Wang and Sébastian Ramirez met each other at a Berlin dance studio. At Tanz im August, the duo can finally be seen again back where their artistic career together all began.
Honji Wang is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director born and raised in Germany by Korean parents. Her dance language is an abstraction of hip hop dance and has influences of earlier martial arts and ballet training. She was invited as a guest artist to perform a duo with acclaimed British choreographer Akram Khan titled "The Pursuit of Now" which was accompanied by well-known pianist Shahin Novrasli. She also collaborated with the most compelling and avant-garde female flamenco dancer Rocío Molina in the duet "Felahikum". Wang was invited to Madonna's final auditions in New York, where her outstanding performance earned her an invitation to tour and perform for the Rebel Heart Tour. She was part of the movement research team for Wachowski Sisters' "Jupiter Ascending" and had her first film experience as the Mongolian witch in the movie "Hansel & Gretel", directed by Tommy Wirkola.
Born in the south of France, Sébastien Ramirez is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Starting as a gifted b-boy, he soon won major hip hop championships and acted as a judge for numerous international competitions. Winner of the Redbull BC ONE French championship, he founded his company and developed a new vision of space and choreography, bringing hip hop dance to a wider and new audience. Akram Khan invited him to direct a personal workshop at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, a recognition of his unique quality of movement. He was also invited by Sadler's Wells as one of the five choreographers of "RIOT OffSpring", a unique dance piece performed to Igor Stravinsky's iconic "The Rite of Spring" played by Southbank Sinfonia. Most recently, Ramirez was invited by Madonna to choreograph for her Rebel Heart Tour.