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The Divine Cypher

Ana Pi

How can the legacy of Haitian voudoun, urban dances and experimental film affect a performative process? The Afro-Brazilian choreographer, dancer and visual artist Ana Pi will have a dialogue with 20th century avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, also with her mentor Katherine Dunham, known as the queen mother of black dance.

Deren and Dunham did several years of research into the dance culture in Haiti, which became a radical turn in their artistic practices. A new way of thinking, the relationship between the body and the camera, a book and hours of recording for one, for the other the creation of a dance technique that would transform the future of choreography.

In The Divine Cypher, in a dreamed and danced conversation with Deren and Dunham, Pi looks at how these movements resonate today and what remains of these holy ritual dances. Which gestures survived as elements of current dances? The circular Haitian dances are echoed in the cyphers, the battleground inside a circle, of street dance. In this exquisite solo, Ana Pi interweaves the sacred and the everyday, tradition and the present, collective and individual memory.


Tue June 18 8:30 PM

Wed June 19 8:30 PM


  • default € 26
  • HF Young € 15
  • CJP/student/scholar € 13

language & duration

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  • 1 hour (zonder pauze)

  • <p>Ana Pi</p>

    © Ana Pi

  • <p>The Divine Cypher</p>

    © Daniel Nicoalevsky Maria

  • <p>The Divine Cypher</p>

    © Daniel Nicoalevsky Maria


choreographic and scenographic concept Ana Pi video Ana Pi research and interpretation Ana Pi light creation Bia Kaysel light reinterpretation Jean-Marc Ségalen stage management Bia Kaysel, Jean-Marc Ségalen music and sonorities Jideh HIGH ELEMENTS, Emy de Pradines, Auguste de Pradines, Ezili Nenenn Ô, Julien Creuzet, 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 advice Profe. Dre. Cida Moura philosophical advice Profe. Dre. Maria Fernanda Novo plastic consultancy Julien Creuzet filter design Emilien Colombier costumes Carla de Lá, Miliane Rodsil, Isabella Rodsil contributions scenographic realisation Studio Julien Creuzet, Garance Cabrit, Louis Somveille production and distribution NA MATA LAB, Hanna Mauvieux co-production The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Terra Batida, Be My Guest — Réseau international pour les pratiques émergentes, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne, CNDC, Angers, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent part of the collaboration programme Hauts-de-France / Vlaanderen co-production film with the participation of Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain Soirées Nomades with support by SPEDIDAM, Région Île-de-France, DRAC Ile-de-France