Black Lodge

Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte

Black Lodge (Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France)

The Black Lodge is the home of the condemned soul. After the judgement of the Dweller on the Threshold, the soul is passed either to the Black Lodge or the White Lodge. The Black Lodge can be identified with Flashing Lights within the dark confines of the Waiting Room. It is in the Black Lodge that most of the Doppelgangers appear. The Black Lodge is notable for producing a sense of fear. 1.

Ein Körper im Raum

Ein körper im raum, Raphaël Cottin

Ein körper im raum, Raphaël Cottin

“Ein Körper im Raum” is a solo on the inclusion of the body in the space of the scene. Based on the concepts of Rudolf Laban, a Hungarian movement theorist of the early twentieth century, Raphaël Cottin, creator of the companyLa Poétique des Signes, has developed an original style.


In motion

Spectacle de Guillaume de Chambenoit, dancing girl

In motion (Guillaume Dechambenoit)

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine


“Street life”, a musical by Nasser Martin-Gousset, created as part of the Quartiers d’Arts project proposed by the city of Orléans, allowed twenty participants to enroll in a creative project under the direction of an artist.
Two performances of Street life” took place on 6 and 7 July 2013, at the college Anatole Bailly” in front of more than 500 people. (Here’s a photograph from one of these performances).

The CCNO wishes to continue its support for some of these young artists who came together to imagine new projects.
Thus, Timothé Mohamed Ballo and Guillaume Dechambenoit were welcomed to the studios of the CCNO  for the season 2013/2014 and presented their work to the public at the end of their rehearsals.


My picture published in “Le Monde”

picture of ATEM the breath in "Le Monde"

“ATEM” in “Le Monde”

 Okay, time for some shameless self-promotion here: one of my pictures got published in the French daily newspaper “Le Monde”. The picture is used to promote the piece “ATEM” by choreographer Joseph Nadj. You can read more about this theatrical piece here: “ATEM le souffle, on tour“.

The original article, in French, can be found here: “ATEM” in “Le Monde”.

Atem le souffle: Josef Nadj / Anne-Sophie Lancelin

Atem le souffle: Josef Nadj / Anne-Sophie Lancelin

And here’s the original picture…

Pretty cool…!

Gallery: ATEM le souffle

ATEM the breath
a piece by Josef Nadj

From a project I recently did together with the CCNO in Orléans, France. Not something I usually do, but I really enjoyed the experience.


The first challenge in Atem is its scenography: a small theater where the audience is represented by seven rows of seating, accommodating about sixty people, while the stage consists of an elevated “black box” of small size (four meters wide and three meters deep), a cramped parallelepiped whose apparent simplicity masks the presence of escape hatches, openings, passages, niches or false bottoms. A construction both spectacular and intimate, which encompasses the audience and immediately raises two questions. One concerns the relationship between the two dancers, “how to occupy and inhabit such a small space together?” The second is based on the stage-audience relationship resulting from this particular scenography,specifically concerning proximity as a condition of viewing. Which is magnified because the lighting – exclusively by candlelight– forces the viewer to the most extreme attentiveness. From these concrete specifics, these material choices and the reflection they provoked, Josef Nadj decided to focus on “details, objects, clues, and small signs” to revive and extend a few recurring issues from his artistic universe – the exploration of materials and their transformation, the reference to natural elements and the cosmos, and last and above all the question of time, cyclic or linear, whose “inexorable passage clashes with eternity.” CONTINUE READING…