The Divine Cypher


30.06 / 19:00


30.06 / 19:00






without words


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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.

Thanks to the ancestor’s persistence and to the young people who will join this timeless cypher. To Maya Deren and the keenness of all the traces she offers us, to the wisdom and power of Madame Katherine Dunham her predecessor, to Lia Rodrigues who has been opening the way for a long time. This dance is dedicated to the revolutionary beauty of the Haitian people, from the past, the future and the present.


Ana Pi is carrying out poetic and political research in Haiti on ancestral sacred gestures and their perpetuation in the imagination today. A time for learning from her contemporaries, transdisciplinary Haitian artists, and a time to open a fantastic dialogue with the experimental filmmaker Maya Deren and the archives she offered the world.

The two women share the same transversal creative process of absolute curiosity, which combines the artistic process with a methodology of research. Maya Deren, from the 1940s onwards, had empirically studied Haitian culture, its dances and Voudoun philosophy; an experience reproduced in the book The Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti and the posthumous documentary film with the same title released in 1985.

Ana Pi weaves in a same move fragility and balance, archives, imagery of the past and futurity. Recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Cisneros Institute for this creation, she observes how these sacred dances have been preserved and how they resonate today. What memory is there of them? What role does video play in the transmission of these practices? How to expand this circle, this round of fantastic gestures? The Divine Cypher circulates between images and dance, fiction and time travel, inspired by the filmed gestures and dreams of Maya Deren or those of her predecessor, Katherine Dunham. It also celebrates the power of first-person narratives produced by women artists today in Haiti.


The project at the Malta Festival Poznań is a collaboration with the Spielart Theatre Festival (Germany) and the Santarcangelo Festival (Italy), supported by the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists – EFFEA, co-funded by the European Union.