David Wampach


The physical wildness that resides in the extraordinary, witnessed from the edge of humanity that is cannibalism

David Wampach has built a reputation over recent years as an artist to watch, presenting his work at major festivals and theaters around the globe. Following his six-month creative residency at Kyoto’s Villa Kujoyama in 2011, Wampach developed an interest in the physicality of Japanese angura (underground) theater, and plans to research the work of Shuji Terayama on this new visit to Kyoto and Tokyo.

Here presented in Japan for the first time, URGE tackles the theme of cannibalism. While a social taboo, cannibalism is nonetheless an extremely primitive human act: one of appropriating another person. Wampach has continued to explore the acts of trance and ceremony, and here takes on a seemingly sensational theme as a pretext for raising questions. On stage, the demure human body becomes something physically extraordinary. Starting with the topic of cannibalism, Wampach finally talks about desire and overflow, which are present in every kind of relationships.

North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto

David Wampach


David Wampach started out studying medicine at the Faculty of Montpellier. He quickly became interested in live performances: firstly theater, and then dance. In 2001, his approach borrowed from
theatre and plastic art, developed along the way, was integrated in the Achles Association. David Wampach co-wrote the duet D ES R A (2003) with Pierre Mourles, before creating the solo CIRCONSCRIT
(2004), then BASCULE (2005), a radical and hypnotic trio to the rhythm of metronomic music. Then came QUATORZE (2007), AUTO (2008), a duet with pianist, Aurélien Richard, BATTERIE (2008) and BATTEMENT (2009), a variation on the ‘grand battement’, the ballet movement. He created two new pieces in 2011: CASSETTE, a Latino version of the ballet Casse-noisette (Nutcracker), and SACRE, a reading of Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), created at the Montpellier Dance Festival in 2011. That same year he was the laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto where he spent six months. In 2012 and 2013, David Wampach continued his work on ritual and trance, directing his first short film, RITE, a continuation of the piece SACRE, and creating the solo TOUR, in which he portrays a primal being invaded by the rhythm of his inhalations and exhalations, composing a visual and acoustic portrait. In 2014, he created the duet VEINE for the Cratère Surfaces festival for arts in urban spaces, organised by Le Cratère, the national theatre in Alès, where he has been an Associated Artist since 2012. His last piece, URGE, was created in the frame of the festival Montpellier Danse 2015. David Wampach is also regularly invited to teach in educational programs, such as ex.e.r.ce at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, EMFOCO in Concepción, in Chile, and danceWEB, the scholarship program of the ImPulsTanz festival, for which he was invited as a mentor in 2014.

ChoreographyDavid Wampach
InterpretationMarie-Bénédicte Cazeneuve, Mickey Mahar, Olivier Muller, Lola Rubio, Tamar Shelef, David Wampach
CostumeRachel Garcia
Lighting designMinna Tiikkainen
Stage managerGaëtan Lebret
LightYannick Delval
Artistic collaborationAina Alegre, Youness Anzane, Mikko Hynninen, Dalila Khatir, David Marques, Anne Elodie Sorlin, Christian Ubl
Producer and tour managementSabine Seifert
AdministrationAntoine Billet
Produced byAssociation Achles
Co-produced byKyoto Experiment, Le Cratère – Scène nationale d’Alès, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015 - in residency at the Agora, cité internationale de la danse, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Le Phare - Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Haute Normandie, Musée de la Danse - Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne, Centre chorégraphique national de Nantes in the frame of accueil studio, With the support of ADAMI, CND - un centre d’art pour la danse, accueil en residence and Ambassade de France/Institut français
With the cooperation ofLe Bureau des Copyrights Français (BCF)
Presented byKyoto Experiment