For her new creation, at the crossroads of the image and the body, the visual and the living, Brazilian dancer and choreographer 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 Maya Deren, American experimental filmmaker born in 1917 in Ukraine. 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 voodoo heritage; 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, observing how these sacred dances have been preserved and how they resonate today.
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.