Au delà de la danse N° 0


With A U, Christian Ubl continues his exploration of the concepts of identity and integration. A first collaboration with Australian choreographer Kylie Walters.

interview with christian ubl,
in residence at the three c-l
from January 23 to February 6, 2015

When you last came to Luxembourg, you presented a work-in-progress of Shake it out. could you tell us a little more about this creation and its evolution since its presentation at the “3 du trois”?

The creation Shake it out took place at the Black Pavilion (CCN) in Aix-en-Provence at the end of February 2014 and received a very enthusiastic, promising and warm welcome from the public, professionals and the regional press. It is at the same time a choreographic poetic, political, very physical and engaged, tinged with humor and irony. These two concepts were particularly close to me to address topics such as belonging, national, regional and personal identity, the Franco-German relationship and European folk dances.


The creation was able to evolve and refine to the first thanks to the many open doors and public rehearsals that took place throughout the creation process.

The concept of “identity” seems to be a recurring theme in your work …

It started in 2010, driven by a CDC Danse in Lille for the “Taste my dance” evenings where a choreographer – a foreign dancer – is invited to speak and transpose his background. My triptych on identity, folklore and living elsewhere, was born at that moment unconsciously, but precisely. It is now composed of two existing choreographic works: a solo I’m from Austria, like Wolfi! and the group play Shake it out. The third opus, a duet A U, a collaboration with Kylie Walters, is scheduled for Fall / Winter 2015.

how was the collaboration with Kylie Walters born?

With kylie, we met 15 years ago in Switzerland and we really wanted to make a creation together. A long time passed and everyone continued their journey as an interpreter and choreographer. Today, Kylie has established his company in Geneva while mine is based in Marseille. we are both migrant artists and have experienced a similar journey of integration, adaptation to French culture without losing our roots.

For me, it’s time to put all this on a set and share the reflection and the artistic narrative with kylie. So, I sent him an invitation to talk together about our two origins, our two paths and cultures, in favor of a new choreographic narrative named A U.

What does A U contain, a play you will create, especially during your residency at the c-L?

It is both an author’s play and an intimate choreographic piece to close my field of exploitation on identity. But also a first collaboration, in terms of choreographic writing, between two authors – choreographers within a creative process. Two writings, two cultures and two identities to look for somewhere else, a new origin. The title A U is directly related to our two roots: Austrian for my part, and Australian for kylie. It is also the country code (old for Austria) for both countries. One reason mailers sent to Austria arrived in Australia and vice versa. A humorous, somewhat ironic fact to start in creation … At the plate we also invite the musician Sébastien Martel to dig three musical traditions related to Viennese and Australian dances. The “Waltz” and the dances of the aborigines are in the spotlight and at the heart of the creation A U.


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