ErsatZtrip | 2006

ErsatZtrip is Christian Ubl’s first group piece. He created it with the help of his colleagues and dancers, based upon the notion of ersatz, a Franco-German word that became popular in the post-war period. After a time of scarcity, new products were invented and lifestyles moulded: everything revolved around finding a solution to replace an object or meet a new need. Reality became a distortion of originality, and invention became the main essence of ersatz.

Based on this principle, the aesthetic of the performance is both plastic and energetic: each body is created by the imprint of another. No hierarchy no judgement, no questions about their presence: just four dancers and three non-dancers searching to carve out their own space in which they can be free. Everything is replaceable, interchangeable. Heroic bodies rise up, abstract and blurred, faceless but rich in expression and depth. A desire, a rapture, an action: an ersatz! Revealing the known, ersatZtrip finds a desire for the unknown hidden at the depths of the being.

  • Choreography | Christian Ubl

  • Performers | Caroline Blanc, Fabrice Cattalano, Marianne Descamps, Emile Genoud, Fabienne Gras, Matthieu Guenegou, Christian Ubl

  • Video | Fabienne Gras

  • scenography | Emile Genoud

  • Music | Fabrice Cattalano

  • Assistant choreographer | Caroline Blanc

  • lighting design | Jean Bastien Nehr

  • Costumes | Pierre Canitrot | video styling by Gaspard Yurkievich

  • graphics | Stéphanie Lasne


  • Administration et Production | CUBe | Archipel Nouvelle Vague

  • Support | DRAC Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur

  • Coproduction | Le Pavillon Noir CCN d’Aix-en-Provence | Ballet National de Marseille

  • as part of the support for the creation | Ville d’Istres | Conseil Régional PACA | Conseil Général Bouches-du-Rhône | Forum Autrichien à Paris

  • Coproduction & Residencies | La Schwankhalle Brème (A). Échange franco-allemand | Studio Kelemenis Marseille | CDC Le Pacifique Grenoble

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