News: Breakin' Convention's Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang win at Bessies

Wednesday 9 October 2013 by Lise Smith

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang. image: Paul Hampartsoumian

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang won in the Outstanding Performance category at the The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) on Monday night with their duet AP15.

Ramirez and Wang, performers with Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez, performed at Breakin’ Convention at the Apollo Harlem, New York in June 2013. The duo triumphed over 11 other nominees for the Outstanding Performer category, including Kuchipudi dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, American Ballet Theatre’s Herman Cornejo, and Merce Cunningham Company dancer Melissa Toogood. The Bessies have been called “the dance world’s version of the Academy Awards“ by the New York Times, and honour outstanding creative work in the field of dance and performance annually.

Sebastien and Honji first performed at Breakin’ Convention in 2011 as Clash 66 with Amor & Psyche and went on to tour with us around the UK in 2012 with the reworked piece, AP15. The awarding jury had warm words for the piece, saying, “This electric duet, rooted in hip hop, explored the space between the lover and the loved with delicacy, passion and agility.”

Honji studied ballet for ten years in Frankfurt, Germany before becoming a hip-hop performer; ramirex has been a B-boy since 1996. The Outstanding Production award went to Michael Keegan-Dolan‘s Rian for Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival, for “a dance of life-affirming joy that featured an extraordinary group of dancers from Nigeria, Indonesia and Europe.”

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