AU | 2015

AU is an idea for a performance developed by two choreographers; one from the old European empire (Austria AU – Christian Ubl) and the other from the ancient/new world (Australia AU – Kylie Walters).


Will the laws of “the nature of AU” be exotic ? 

How can individuals from different cultures and places recreate a common landscape in which they can evolve and continue together? 

What will we witness? 

In which landscape will we be growing? 

Who will we be, what shall we be? 

What will remain in the collective and cultural memories? 

In what form?


AU is not a “representation” of diversity nor the juxtaposition of cultures, but the result of an overhaul of Austrian and Australian roots. In AU, traces of ancient times, known codes and clichés residues remain but they will not be located in a conventional place. The clash of representations allows us to question the acculturation-adaptation dogma. By digging around the concept of ‘elsewhere’, new artistic foundations are built. It is elsewhere that the origin must be sought.

The writing of AU is protean,  polymorphic,  focused and set in motion by the imagining of situations and body states verging on the absurd; obsessions, inconsistencies, rooted traditions and diverted cliches – the Viennese Waltz and traditional Aboriginal dance co-habit.

Led by Seb Martel, the sound research work is based on two instruments: the cithar and the guitar. The concept of a third possible landscape and the vagabondage of plants will be the focus of work with Gilles Clément – landscape designer, botanist and author of the inspirational “Manifeste du Tiers Paysage” or “Jardins Planétaires”.

Together they question and try to create a new or perhaps a forgotten space. A place that does not belong to an identifiable territory and does not have a specific function. A place where power is neither expressed nor endured. This hybrid space is a refuge for diversity, composed of lost ideas, vagabond identities, forgotten cultures and exists at the periphery of the possible. A forgotten place? A political negligence? An unhoped for space?

Residencies 2014 | 2015

20 au 31 OCTOBER 2014 
Théâtre de l’Oliver à Istres (13/FR)

24 JANUARY 2014 au 3 FEBRUARY  2015
Trois C-L Centre Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois. Luxemburg

20 au 30 APRIL 2015 
CDC Le pacifique.  Grenoble (38/FR)

31 AOÛT au 12 SEPTEMBER 2015
KLAP Maison pour la Danse. Marseille France (13/FR)

Dates 2015 | 2016

 16 et 17 OCTOBER 2015 
PREMÈRE | Festival Question de Danse | KLAP-Maison pour la danse, Marseille (13/FR)

3rd NOVEMBER 2015
AU | Théâtre Paul Éluard à Choisy-le-Roi (94)

28 – 29 JANUARY  2016
A U | L’Hexagone, scène nationale Arts Sciences, Meylan – Grenoble (38)

16 – 20 MARCH 2016
A U  | Théâtre Le Grütli, Geneva (CH)

22 APRIL 2016
A U | festival spring forward , Aerowaves dance across europe , Pilsen (CZ)

3rd JUNE 2016
A U | Festival Latitudes Contemporaines , at la condition publique, Roubaix (59)

1st JUNE 2016
A U | Dance week festival Zagreb, Croatie

16, 17, 18, 19, 20 JULY 2016 JULY 2016 | 10H00 am
A U  | CDC Hivernales « L’été particulièrement danse #5 » – Avignon (13)

10, 11, 12, 13, 14 JULY 2016 JULY 2016 | 10H00 am
A U  | CDC Hivernales « L’été particulièrement danse #5 » – Avignon (13)


Choreography & interpretation
Christian Ubl et Kylie Walters
Seb Martel
Artistic collaboration / landscape
Gilles Clément
Artistic collaboration
Fabienne Gras
Ingrid Florin
Lighting design
Jean Bastien Nehr
Aline Courvoisier

CUBe association (FR)

KLAP Maison pour la Danse, Marseille (FR), Ballet National de Marseille (FR), Pôle Arts de la Scène-Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR), CDC Le Pacifique – prix coproduction (Re)connaissance 2014, Grenoble (FR)

Helps the residencies
Trois C-L Luxembourg (L) – CDC Le Pacifique, Grenoble (FR) – Théâtre de l’Olivier, Istres (FR) – Théâtre Paul Eluard, Choisy-Le-Roi (FR) – KLAP Maison pour la Danse, Marseille – résidence de finalisation 2015 (FR)

support (FR / AT / CR /CZ )
DRAC aide à la compagnie Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur | Département des Bouches-du-Rhône | Conseil régional PACA (CAC Danse) | Forum culturel autrichien  Paris | Ville de Marseille | Le Merlan scène nationale de Marseille (prêt de studio) |  Ambassade d’Autriche, Luxembourg | Forum culturel autrichien Zagreb | collaboration avec le forum culturel autrichien Prague

Cie Ornithorynque (CH)
Théâtre du Grütli, Genève (CH)

Pro Helvetia – Fondation Suisse pour la Culture | Organe genevois de répartition de la Loterie Romande | Ambassade d’Australie, Benelux / Luxembourg | CH

Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur
CG13 Marseille
Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
Ville de Marseille
Ville d’Istres
la copie privée


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