Shibata Miwa “Victorious Cupid”

Soa Ratsifandrihana “g r oo v e”

Dance Cross

  • 12.04 [Mon] 19:00
  • 12.05 [Tue] 16:00
@Yokohama Nigiwaiza Small Hall

Shibata Miwa

Inspired by Caravaggio’s “Amor Vincit Omnia” (1602) and Mathieu Kassovitz’s film “La Haine” (1995), this new solo performance by Shibata reflects her studies in France and Israel. Shibata delves into Caravaggio’s enigmatic painting to provoke binary oppositions and challenge fixed ideas, while drawing parallels to Kassovitz’s film addressing immigration issues and the complexities of multicultural coexistence. She further explores contemporary themes of gender, identity, and religion. Incorporating a fresh perspective on movement acquired during her residency in France and with a blend of street dance and pantomiming, her choreography resonates with memories of intense citizen protests against authority that she witnessed in France and Israel. It’s a dance that engages the audience, prompting questions about the modern world.

“Victorious Cupid”

  • Choreography, Performance: Shibata Miwa
  • Co-Organizer: Ambassade de France au Japon / Institut français
  • Support: Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Cooperation: Centre National de Dance (CN D)

Shibata Miwa

Studied modern ballet from a young age and graduated from the Department of Theater, Western Dance Course at Nihon University College of Art. Shibata was involved in the works of dancers like Nishi Saori and Shibata Emi before presenting her own choreography. With strong emotions hidden inside her refined sense of movement, and an excellent sense of color and form, Shibata has worked in productions of visual works and collaborated with visual artists. In February 2021, she choreographed “Oblivion” for six female dancers, which was performed at the YDC Competition I, earning her the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer. The following year, she participated in a three-month residency at the Centre national de la danse (CN D) and continued her creative work in France and Israel. Currently, she is based in Berlin.

Soa Ratsifandrihana

© Marc Domage

In an era overflowing with music and dance that instantly captures the heart on social media, Ratsifandrihana deliberately delves into the essence of dance. Surrounded by the audience on all sides, this performance unfolds moment by moment in collaboration with two musicians specializing in electro and noise, lighting, and the relationship built with the audience. With top-notch skills in the contemporary dance realm, she draws inspiration from various sources, including her Madagascan roots and the traditional Afindrafindrao dance, the 1960s American dance The Madison—one of the first dances she learned—and a deep respect for France’s poppin’ dancer, Pepito. She weaves these influences from her personal history into society. As a single body builds rhythm from scratch, turning it into an astonishing array of landscapes, the space comes alive and pulses with energy—all converging towards one thing: “groove.”

“g r oo v e”

  • Choreography, Interpretation: Soa Ratsifandrihana
  • Musical creation: Alban Murenzi, Sylvain Darrifourcq
  • Light design: Marie-Christine Soma
  • Costume design: Coco Petitpierre
  • Dressmaking: Anne Tesson
  • Light: Diane Guérin
  • Sound: Jean-Louis Waflart
  • Archives and outside eye: Valérianne Poidevin
  • Outside eye: Thi-Mai Nguyen
  • Intern: Mylène Monjour
  • Delegated production and distribution: ama brussels, France Morin assisted by Clara Schmitt
    Thanks to Cécile Perrichon

    Coproduced by Charleroi danse, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie, Mars – Mons arts de la scène, workspacebrussels, Atelier 210, T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers, la Soufflerie – scène conventionnée de Rezé With the help of la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service de la Danse
    With the support of CNDC – Angers, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie, Charleroi danse, PointCulture, Iles asbl, GC De Kriekelaar, Fabbrica, Europa – PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Kaaitheater, Centre National de la Danse
  • Co-Organizer: Ambassade de France au Japon / Institut français
  • Support for Performance in Yokohama: Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
© Lara Gasparotto

Soa Ratsifandrihana

Soa Ratsifandrihana is a dancer and choreographer. After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Soa worked with James Thierrée, Salia Sanou and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. In October 2021, she presented her first solo show, g r oo v e, in Brussels. The show has been performed more than 40 times and continues to tour Europe. In parallel, Soa is preparing a diptych for May 2024, in which she tells a story she would have liked to have heard as a child. The two parts of this diptych take the form of a radio production Ce n’est pas moi qui mens, ce sont les anciens and a show entitled Fampitaha, fampita fampitàna. Following on from her first solo, she is interested in the possible entanglements between radio narrative, choreographic and musical composition, reminding us that our bodies, just like our words, are the carriers of stories. Soa is an associate artist at Kaaitheater from 2023 to 2025.