B&W' s | 2010 | 2012

The soul is inexplicable. It breathes life into the body, and can refer to the artist and their presence. Today, in times of crisis and materialism, it could also be a refuge, if not a saviour. It could rebuild man and his relationship to others… but it remains imprisoned within the body.

Based on these notions, BlackSoul & WhiteSpace is a diptych. It tells the story of appearance and disappearance, introspection and deliverance. Whilst BlackSoul shows the disembodied individual as a wandering soul, WhiteSpace extends this metamorphosis in a space where eternity is embodied by the power of light and sculpture-like poses.

The double journey evokes the eternal energy of the human countenance. It is a receptive and performative universe, examining the role of art in this transfiguration. Black on one side, white on the other, two shades are summoned together around a troubling performance caught between drama and abstraction, like an arch straining towards eternity.


  • conception & choreography | Christian Ubl
  • assistant | Fabienne Gras
  • Performers | Émilie Camacho, Christian Ubl
  • costumes | Pierre Canitrot
  • music | NAPE – Audrey Aubert
  • scenography | Émile Genoud
  • lighting design | Jean-Bastien Nehr


  • conception & choreography | Christian Ubl
  • assistant | Fabienne Gras
  • Performers | Marianne Descamps, Anaïs Poulet, Élodie Cnockaert, Nathalie Hofmann, Mike Ben Hadj et Patrick Gilbert
  • costumes | Pierre Canitrot
  • accessories | Anabel Bicelli

  • music | Fabrice Cattalano | Moonlight sonata I & II mouvement Beethoven
  • lighting design | Jean-Bastien Nehr

production | CUBe association

support | DRAC PACA, du Conseil Régional PACA, du Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, du Forum culturel autrichien à Paris, de la Ville d’Istres, de l’Ambassade de France en Autriche et de l’Ambassade d’Autriche à Dublin.

coproduction blackSoul | CDC/Paris Réseau, Ballet Preljocaj-CCN d’Aix-en-Provence, Kelemenis & cie

blackSoul residencies | Studio Kelemenis (Marseille), Arsenic (Lausanne), Les Anciennes Cuisines (Neuilly-sur-Marne), Théâtre de l’Étoile Nord (Paris) | Ballet Preljocaj-CCN d’Aix-en-Provence

coproduction whiteSpace | co-accueil studio 2012 KLAP Maison pour la danse (résidence de finalisation 2012) et Ballet National de Marseille-CCN de Marseille

whiteSpace residencies | La Tannerie (Barjols), CDC Le Pacifique (Grenoble), Centre national de la danse (Pantin), Micadanses (Paris), Ballet National de Marseille-CCN de Marseille et KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille) | Tipperary Dance Platform (Tipperary, Irlande)