© Olga de Soto

MIRAGE (working title)

A mirage is an optical phenomenon caused by atmospheric refraction, which deflects the rectilinear trajectory of light beams passing through superimposed layers of air of different temperatures. The deviation of rays gives the impression that the object seen, inverted, is in a location different than its actual location. This projection is visible to the eye, the displaced image is not just an optical illusion, it is not a hallucination, it really exists as a ‘spectral’ reflection.

This idea of the displaced image taking shape in the air is at the origin of this project, in which I wish to reinvest the body and explore the possibility of a double score, in order to give shape to a scenic object made of physicalities and of visible dynamics, while relying on images and invisible, mentally projected dynamics. Going back to my research on movement, dynamics, and body states, I wish to pursue my artistic work and research on perception, joined by a team of five dancers.

Taking up again a thread, a path, a physical research into this dance that still throbs to give substance to a dance carried, projected, deported. To probe sensory paths in order to generate an impulse from the inside to the outside, oscillating between the mirage and its interpretation, to enter a metaphorical field which could be political as much as philosophical.


The rehearsals for Mirage (working tiltle) will take place from this Autumn on at La Raffinerie of Charleroi danse, in Brussels, and at Pôle Sud, in Strasbourg. 

The premiere will take place on Feb 22 & 23, 2019 at Charleroi danse, Brussels.

production Niels Production
coproduction Charleroi danse — Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels), Le Vivat - Scène conventionnée (Armentières), Pôle Sud - Centre de Développement chorégraphique (Strasbourg), ICI—Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo (Montpellier) … (in progress)
supported by Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles — Secteur danse and Grand Studio (Brussels)
residencies of creation La Raffinerie - Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels), Pôle Sud (Strasbourg), Grand Studio (Brussels)

concept, choreography and documentation Olga de Soto
lighting Philippe Gladieux
sound Benoît Pelé
visual elements Sophie Whettnall in collaboration with Olga de Soto

dancers Albane Aubry, Edith Christoph, Talia De Vries, Meri Pajunpää and Maria de Dueñas Lopez