Ramirez/Hillebrand

Sébastien Ramirez comes from Perpignan in southern France and Raphael Hillebrand from Berlin. The two breakdancers first made their mark in hip-hop battles and got to know each other in 2004. In 2006, they won the International Breakdance Event in Rotterdam as a duo. Since then, they have worked creatively together, but carried on pursuing their own projects. Their involvement in pieces by the internationally renowned choreographer Storm (Berlin) proved a decisive inspiration for both dancers. Ramirez danced in Storm’s Dominoe in 2003. This was followed in 2007 by Xe Cô in Hanoi with the Vietnamese company BigToe and Storm. In 2009, he began to work on a duo with the German-Korean dancer Hyun-Jung Wang, which they performed at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2012 under the title Monchichi. Hillebrand collaborated with Storm to create The Art of Urban Dance in 2004, as well as Hot Moves and Es war einmal… (Once Upon a Time) at the HAU (Berlin) in 2007. In 2010, he choreographed Rap des Nibelungen (Rap of the Nibelung) in Freiburg. Ramirez and Hillebrand’s joint productions include The Mask (2005), Together alone (2008) and Nhieu Mat (Hanoi, 2008), a piece for nine dancers and two traditional musicians.