Valentine Nagata-Ramos / Uzumaki Company

Big stage
Fünf B-Girls performen auf einer Bühne
Vier Performerinnen machen einen Kopfstand mit überkreuzten Beinen

Five bodies float in space. Structures, creatures, shadows. The bodies move in patterns, with each other, like stars, planets, and moons: At times close together, at times at a distance from each other in a universe they keep defining for themselves. Every movement is precise, their energy powerful, electric, lithe. Valentine Nagata-Ramos shakes hip hop’s masculine imagery in Be.Girl, and she does it by putting the spotlight on a group of virtuosic dancers who are among the best French b-girls. Be.Girl plays with the sensitivity and subtlety of force inherent in the female body, thereby searching new ways of understanding and appreciating breaking. Based on the role of women in male-dominated breaking, the performance poses questions to the current situation of women, for a personal self-conception and their position in our societies.

The Uzumaki Company finds the artistic dimension within their plays in the mixture of genres and opposites, as well as in the amalgamation of tradition and recent developments. Valentine Nagata-Ramos was born in Japan, grew up in France, and has been working on the fringes of battles, performance, and choreography. Her choreographic research grows out of breaking, the urban dance culture in which she is rooted.

Duration: 50 min.
Attention: stroboscopic effect + use of loud music

Accompanying programme
Wed 01.09. 21:00

Artist Talk Sharing is caring hosted by nutrospektif afterwards

Sharing is caring hosted by nutrospektif
As an audience, we are mainly served apparently “complete” products on stage. But what is the process towards a specific expression? Who is behind the artists, and what motivates them? As members of the audience, we easily forget the intensive journey and the long research process that are connected to an audience. The Artist Talks aim to produce transparency, opening a shared dialogue with the artists behind the pieces. We would really like to invite you to share your personal impressions.

Choreography, artistic direction: Valentine Nagata-Ramos; Performers: Anabella Pirosanto, Audrey Lambert, Chris Fargeot, Fanny Bouddavong, Valentine Nagata-Ramos; Lighting design: Ydir Acef; Music, composition, sound: Alexandre Dai Castaing; Coach: François Lamargot. 
A production by Cie Uzumaki / Les Ailes de l’air, co-produced by Flow, centre Eurorégional des cultures urbaines – Lille, CDLD, P. Doussaint GPS&O – Les Mureaux, Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne, Compagnie Käfig, Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle. Supported by Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée d’Intérêt National – Art et Création pour la diversité linguistique, résident du laboratoire cultures urbaines et espace public du CENTQUATRE – Paris, Micadanses – Paris, Compagnie Dyptik – St Etienne, Initiatives d’Artistes en Danses Urbaines – Fondation de France – La Villette 2021. Uzumaki Company is supported by régional Council for the arts, DRAC Ile-de-France and ministère de la culture et de la communication. Uzumaki Company is funded by Caisse des Dépôts und ADAMI. This performance is part of the festival MOVING CONCRETE, supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien as part of Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.

Moving Concrete Visual 2
Festival · 01. – 05.09.2021


Urban Dance Art