Ana Pi’s The Divine Cypher is research, poetry and politics at the same time – an examination of ancient Haitian sacred dances and of the present into which these gestures continue to reach. The Brazilian choreographer is also in dialogue with experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, who was born in Kyiv and died in 1961. In addition to their common interest in Haitian culture and history they share the precise and innovative way of keeping the past alive and opening our eyes to the present through the medium of film.
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: Emilien Colombier
Costumes: Carla de Lá, Miliane et Isabella Rodsil | @remexefavelinha
Contributions to scenographic realisation: Studio Julien Creuzet with Garance Cabrit and Louis Somveille
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. The project is supported by the Spedidam, the Region Ile-de-France and the DRAC Ile-de-France.