The Divine Cypher
Ana Pi returns to Kaaitheater with a performative and cinematic creation on Haitian sacred dances. In The Divine Cypher, she enters into a dialogue with the twentieth-century experimental filmmaker Maya Deren. She has dedicated seven years of her life to the observation of Haitian culture and dances within the voodoo heritage. She has produced several books and films, including The Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti. Almost 80 years later, Ana Pi goes in search of the ordinary gestures and sacred dances filmed by Maya. This is followed by a fantasised dialogue between the two artists.
The Divine Cypher pays tribute to the life of popular cultures, public spaces and the mysteries of the invisible. The pioneering gestures of the Voodoo and Candomblé religious cultures are highlighted: their rhythmic and circular choreographies can be considered as precursors of the cyphers that are present today in street dances. Ana Pi embodies these ancestral movements and updates them, weaving the past, the present and the future.
• Ana Pi is a choreographic and image artist, urban dance researcher, extemporary dancer and teacher. Currently associated choreographer at MAC VAL, and at La Briqueterie - CDCN, for the European project Dancing Museums: The Democracy of Beings. In 2020, she received a grant from MOMA for her project The Divine Cypher in Haiti. She creates documentaries as well as several shows (including Le Tour du Monde des Danses Urbaines, already seen at Kaaitheater).
choreographic and scenographic conception, videos, research and interpretation Ana Pi | light creation and stage management Bia Kaysel | lighting Jean-Marc Segalen | 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 collaborationsKatherine 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 advice Julien Creuzet | filter design Emilien Colombier | costumes Carla de Lá, Miliane et Isabella Rodsil,@remexefavelinha | contributions to scenographic realisation Julien Creuzet, Bia Kaysel, Jean-Marc Ségalen, Garance Cabrit, Louis Someville, Gilbert Delanoue, Emmanuel Hospital, Laurence Vlasic, Iris Medeiros, Issam Boudenah | production / diffusion Sarah Becher | communication / press Louise Marion | 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 | supported by the Spedidam and the DRAC Ile-de-France | Thanks to the ancestor’s persistence and to the young people who will join this timeless cypher, Maya Deren, Madame Katherine Dunham, Lia Rodrigues | dedicated to the revolutionary beauty of the Haitian people, from the past, the future and the present