The two women share the same transversal creative process of absolute curiosity, which combines the artistic process with a methodology of research. Maya Deren, from the 1940s onwards, had empirically studied Haitian culture, its dances and Voudounheritage; an experience reproduced in the book The Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti and the posthumous documentary film with the same title released in 1985.
Ana Pi weaves in a same move fragility and balance, archives, imagery of the past and futurity. Recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Cisneros Institute for this creation, she observes how these sacred dances have been preserved and how they resonate today. What memory is there of them? What role does video play in the transmission of these practices? How to expand this cypher, this round of fantastic gestures? The Divine Cypher circulates between images and dance, fiction and time travel, inspired by the filmed gestures and dreams of Maya Deren or those of her predecessor, Katherine Dunham.
Choreographic and scenographic conception, videos, research and interpretation: Ana Pi
Light creation: Bia Kaysel
Light reinterpretation: Jean-Marc Ségalen
Stage management, alternating: Bia Kaysel and Jean-Marc Ségalen
Music and sonorities: Jideh HIGH ELEMENTS, Emy de Pradines and Auguste de Pradines – Ezili Nenenn Ô, Julien Creuzet and Maya Deren
Real memories, dreamed dialogues and/or multiple collaborations: 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 outlook: Profe. Dre. Cida Moura
Philosophical outlook: Profe. Dre. Maria Fernanda Novo
Plastic outlook: Julien Creuzet
Filter design: EmilienColombier
Costumes: Carla de Lá, Miliane et Isabella Rodsil | @remexefavelinha
Contributions to scenographic realisation: Studio Julien Creuzet with Garance Cabrit and Louis Somveille
Production / diffusion: SarahBecher
Communication / press: LouiseMarion
Production: NA MATA LAB
Executive production: Latitudes Prod. – Lille
Co-productions: The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America & Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA ; Terra Batida, Alkantara, Portugal ; Be My Guest — Réseau international pour les pratiques émergentes ; La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne ; CNDC, Angers ; Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gand – within the framework of the cooperation programme Hauts-de-France / Flandres.
Film co-production: with the participation of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s Soirées Nomades
The project is supported by the Spedidam, the Region Ile-de-France and the DRAC Ile-de-France.