ANIMA | creation 2022

ANIMA questions self-confidence through the masculine and the feminine, gender, binarity, the freedom to seize codes and symbols with risk and brilliance to stimulate a new era. It is the highlighting of identity and the sometimes confusing and complex journey of a teenager who discovers his singularity; The disagreement that may exist between his body, his desires, his image and his inner feelings. The young generation questions the notion of gender and the non-binarities of man and woman, ANIMA poses these bodies in question on stage, between manga aesthetics, non-gendered figures, and live music. We are living a real revolution where everyone is becoming more and more free to empower themselves with their gender identity and to free themselves from feminine or masculine codes.
A way, too, to question the social injunctions linked to each gender.

What liberation is possible?

The ambition to bring us closer to a certain freedom of gender to either affirm the male / female gender with its codes or on the contrary to erase it, to get out of it and thus support a hybrid and unconventional side to “try out” singular identities .

Social networks have thus allowed an explosion of testimonies and possible identifications.
In-depth research must be done to collect stories or testimonies to anchor our story in multiple realities.


With ANIMA the ambition is to set in motion characters that are both women and men, then neither one or the other, to evolve towards a strangeness in the scenic narrative and move towards a fictional contemporary writing on the set which lies between the performance of transformation and rhythmic scenic writing in contemporary dance.
Develop characters for a future narrative of a choreographic piece whose content should remain polymorphic. (Incarnation of several writings and influences).

With ANIMA research, questioning our identities, our gendered or non-gendered movements and the influence and freedom of the Manga universe, as a way of redefining our relationship to theatricality.

The theatricality of a body, as such and its presence in a space of representation in the service of contemporary writing has always been at the heart of my concerns as a creative artist, and will remain a central subject within my background and my artistic research carried out within CUBe.

It is also a reflection on the work of emotions and their translation by the body.

Returning to a practice with a strong interest in the theatricality and expressiveness of the body.

How to put into perspective these different works, visions, practices, which questioned the potential of expression of the body and which valued the presence of the actors?

The point of honor will be put on a physical, organic, and not psychological game, like the method of Stanislavski and his construction of the character, or, that, very close, of the Actors Studio of Lee Strasberg.

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Création le 4 novembre 2022 au Théâtre de l’Olivier à Istres, scènes et cinés.

Calendrier de production

September 2021
5 days of research laboratory and meeting with artists
November 2021
5 days of research laboratory at the Maison de la danse in Istres
January 2022
18 to 23 January – residency at the Maison de la danse in Istres
February 2022
February 7 to 11 – residency at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence
March 2022
March 7 to 11 – residency at La Pratique in Vatan
April 2022
April 12 to 16
residency at the Théâtre de l’Olivier in Istres:
May 2022
May 2 to 12 – residency in Clayes-sous-Bois with the Commandery of St Quentin en Yvelines.
June 2022
1 week at Micadanses Paris (in progress)
September 2022
August 29 to September 7 – 10 days at KLAP Maison for dance
September 8 to 14 – 6 days technical residency Théâtre Liberté national scene of Toulon
October 2022
October 23 to 27 – residency at 3CL Luxembourg
November 2022
October 27 to November 3 – Finalisation at the Théâtre de l’Olivier Istres

Conception and choreography
Christian UBL in collaboration with the performers
Martin Mauriès, May-Li Renard, Mathieu Jedrazak, Fabrice Cattalano
Music and mask design
Fabrice Cattalano
Lyrical singing
Mathieu Jedrazak
Claudine Bertomeu
look at the dramaturgy, narration
Mathieu Jedrazak
costume design
Pierre Canitrot
Light creation
Jean-Bastien Nehr
Administration, Production & Development
Fabien Le Priol et Thomas Godlewski pour CUBe

production | CUBe association

Coproduction | réseau TRIBU (Théâtre de l’Olivier, Théâtre de Grasse, Théâtre en Dracénies, Théâtre Durance, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Théâtre Massalia, Le Pôle), la Maison de la Danse et la ville d’Istres dans le cadre de l’artiste associé au Pôle d’Expérimentation Chorégraphique , La Commanderie de St Quentin-en-Yvelines, Châteauvallon-Liberté scène nationale, KLAP Maison pour la danse

residencies | 3CL Luxembourg, , Klap maison pour la danse à Marseille, Châteauvallon-liberté scène nationale, Micadanses, La Pratique à Vatan, La ville des Clayes-sous-Bois.

Support | DRAC PACA conventionnement 2020-2022, Ville de Marseille, Région Sud PACA, Département des Bouches-du-Rhône,
Forum Autrichien à Paris

CUBe est un projet chorégraphique subventionné par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur , le Conseil Régional PACA,le Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, la Ville de Marseille, la Ville d’Istres.CUBe – Christian UBL est soutenu par le Forum Culturel Autrichien à Paris.