In the decades since its inception, Spoleto Festival USA has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading festivals, presenting over 200 World or American premieres.

Among the diverse line-up, several French artists are included in this year’s edition of Spoleto Festival USA:

COMPANY WANG-RAMIREZ - Monchichi
May 26 to 28, 2017
Ballet- and martial arts-trained Honji Wang and gifted former B-boy Sébastien Ramirez transcend boundaries with Monchichi—a duet that draws on their own backstories to develop a new language. Ramirez—French with Spanish origins—crosses cultural and choreographic paths with Wang—born in Frankfurt to Korean parents—to create a portrait of a new, urban, mobile, and intercultural generation. In their open-minded world, classifications fall away as they connect. “The language that bridges their differences, though, isn’t some blend of ballet and breaking” offered The New York Times. “It’s an outgrowth of hip-hop, and Ms. Wang dances it as adroitly as Mr. Ramirez.” This award-winning duo has electrified the European scene with their choreographic language fusing technical mastery with magnetic fluidity and poetry. Hip-hop meets contemporary dance in this emotionally sophisticated performance.

MURMURS - A show by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
May 26 to 29, 2017

What if objects could speak their own personal histories? What if walls could breathe out stories of disappointment and desires? Aurélia Thierrée returns to Spoleto Festival USA (Aurélia’s Oratorio, 2007) with Murmurs—a dreamlike, largely wordless rumination on a woman’s adventure into a surreal and shifting landscape—her second collaboration with Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. Accompanied by featured performers Magnus Jakobsson and Jamie Martinez, Thierrée enchants and delights in this wonderful spectacle of low-tech circus artistry, filled with visual trickery, fantastical monsters, and magical sleight of theatrical hand. Innovatively using set design, objects, and puppetry to transform everyday things into manifestations of the soul, Murmurs straddles the delicate line between imagination and madness.

COMPAGNIE XY - Il n’est pas encore minuit
June 6 to 11, 2017
Returning to Charleston after their triumphant Festival debut in 2013 (Le Grand C ), Compagnie XY brings a new piece of French circus—this time, a metaphor for the ways in which humanity faces instability and imbalance. In Il n’est pas encore minuit, skillful bodies in motion evoke aspects of the human experience: the inevitable fall, the state of weightlessness, the euphoria of uplift. This troupe has defined and refined the rhythm and style that now shapes the aesthetic of their physical theater, drawing meaning and beauty as well as gasps and wonder as they catapult each other and stack one another four people high. Compagnie XY’s extraordinary feats and continuous surprise create an edge-of-your-seat experience for audiences of all ages.

This program is supported by the FACE Contemporary Theater fund.
As part of Kids Trail, a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy dedicated to children and families.
 

For a complete schedule of events at Spoleto Festival USA, please click here.


WHEN: May 26 - June 11, 2017
WHERE: Various locations, Charleston, SC

Various Locations Charleston, SC

Spoleto Festival USA: 2017 Edition

When
05/26/2017
Where
Various Locations
Charleston, SC

In the decades since its inception, Spoleto Festival USA has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading festivals, presenting over 200 World or American premieres.

Among the diverse line-up, several French artists are included in this year’s edition of Spoleto Festival USA:

COMPANY WANG-RAMIREZ - Monchichi
May 26 to 28, 2017
Ballet- and martial arts-trained Honji Wang and gifted former B-boy Sébastien Ramirez transcend boundaries with Monchichi—a duet that draws on their own backstories to develop a new language. Ramirez—French with Spanish origins—crosses cultural and choreographic paths with Wang—born in Frankfurt to Korean parents—to create a portrait of a new, urban, mobile, and intercultural generation. In their open-minded world, classifications fall away as they connect. “The language that bridges their differences, though, isn’t some blend of ballet and breaking” offered The New York Times. “It’s an outgrowth of hip-hop, and Ms. Wang dances it as adroitly as Mr. Ramirez.” This award-winning duo has electrified the European scene with their choreographic language fusing technical mastery with magnetic fluidity and poetry. Hip-hop meets contemporary dance in this emotionally sophisticated performance.

MURMURS - A show by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
May 26 to 29, 2017

What if objects could speak their own personal histories? What if walls could breathe out stories of disappointment and desires? Aurélia Thierrée returns to Spoleto Festival USA (Aurélia’s Oratorio, 2007) with Murmurs—a dreamlike, largely wordless rumination on a woman’s adventure into a surreal and shifting landscape—her second collaboration with Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. Accompanied by featured performers Magnus Jakobsson and Jamie Martinez, Thierrée enchants and delights in this wonderful spectacle of low-tech circus artistry, filled with visual trickery, fantastical monsters, and magical sleight of theatrical hand. Innovatively using set design, objects, and puppetry to transform everyday things into manifestations of the soul, Murmurs straddles the delicate line between imagination and madness.

COMPAGNIE XY - Il n’est pas encore minuit
June 6 to 11, 2017
Returning to Charleston after their triumphant Festival debut in 2013 (Le Grand C ), Compagnie XY brings a new piece of French circus—this time, a metaphor for the ways in which humanity faces instability and imbalance. In Il n’est pas encore minuit, skillful bodies in motion evoke aspects of the human experience: the inevitable fall, the state of weightlessness, the euphoria of uplift. This troupe has defined and refined the rhythm and style that now shapes the aesthetic of their physical theater, drawing meaning and beauty as well as gasps and wonder as they catapult each other and stack one another four people high. Compagnie XY’s extraordinary feats and continuous surprise create an edge-of-your-seat experience for audiences of all ages.

This program is supported by the FACE Contemporary Theater fund.
As part of Kids Trail, a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy dedicated to children and families.
 

For a complete schedule of events at Spoleto Festival USA, please click here.


WHEN: May 26 - June 11, 2017
WHERE: Various locations, Charleston, SC

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