© Olga de Soto


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.


Although she has brilliantly incorporated documentary into many of her recent pieces, unmitigated dance is offered in Mirage, whose visual elements were designed with the complicity of Sophie Whettnall. […]

Far from imposing itself, the device integrates subtly within the choreography, the group and these women, with their propulsion and releasing movements. Integrating with time also, a capital ingredient of this opus. The force of Mirage, its intense, discreet elegance, lies in the formidable generosity with which the piece invites everyone into its space-time. 

Marie Baudet, “Mirage" or the Infinite Generosity of Space-Time, La Libre Belgique, February 25, 2019

production Niels Production
coproduction Charleroi danse — Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels), Le Vivat - Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national pour l’art et la création (Armentières), Pôle Sud - Centre de Développement chorégraphique (Strasbourg), ICI—Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo (Montpellier)
supported by Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles — Service de la danse, Wallonie-Bruxelles International 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
dancers Albane Aubry, Edith Christoph, Talia De Vries, Meri Pajunpää and Maria de Dueñas Lopez
lighting Philippe Gladieux
sound creation Benoît Pelé
music Fausto Romitelli, An Index of Metals (extraits), recorded by Ictus and conducted by George-Elie Octors / Cypres Records
visual elements Sophie Whettnall in collaboration with Olga de Soto
costumes Line De Munnynck

première : February 22 and 23rd, 2019 at Charleroi danse, La Raffinerie, Brussels.

© Stanislav Dobák