Press Coverage


Hubert Petit-Phar fights clichés with Ustium :
The choreographic piece was named after a work by Jean-Paul Sartre Huis clos, « ustium » in Latin.
Danseur et chorégraphe, Hubert Petit-Phar (compagnie La Mangrove) a basé sa création sur l’analyse d’une œuvre de Jean-Paul Sartre développée dans Huis clos. A critique of the prejudices associated with masculinity and the black man.

Hubert Petit-Phar wanted to deal with different issues in this piece, notably masculinity and the prejudices surrounding the black man. « En partant de cet argumentaire de Jean-Paul Sartre, j’ai pu traiter de l’homophobie, du rejet et de la tolérance… », explique-t-il.

– Tafari Tirolien, 01 mars 2023

« Lors d’une nouvelle représentation de la pièce Ustium chorégraphiée par Hubert Petit-Phar, plus de 200 personnes se sont déplacées à la salle Sonis. Les spectateurs ont été saisis par l’engagement des trois danseurs, Ludovic Bibeyron, Mickaël Top et Driss IxX, et ont manifesté leur admiration à travers de riches applaudissements et une salle  entièrement debout en fin de spectacle. A la sortie, on a pu entendre des phrases telles que « la perception de la souffrance de ne pouvoir parfois assumer qui on est était palpable », « la pièce engage une réflexion, on se pose des questions sur la vie dans la société, sur le chemin existentiel » (…).

– Stéphanie Tollet, 20 avril 2023



“Two men, brothers, father and son or comrades are sitting on their meager wood crate, rich—rich from their shared experiences, they converse, argue, reconcile; they dance generations, transfers, graceful bequeathing, collusion, and generosity. Two tall fellas, wearing white shirts or shirtless to pass the time and pass the space. A gifted dance, opened with gifted arms. Gazing one another, advancing into comprehension or adversity. Father or son, through communicative joy, casual dancing, flowing and airy, ready-to-taste, with delight and poetry of the gesture.”

G.Charras - July 12th, 2017

"Dance with a purpose, in order to find another way of binding identity and territory: that’s the beautiful and persuasive idea of Jean-Claude Bardu & Hubert Petit-Phar. We will remember the poetic presence of two dancers, subtle yet full of energy."

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Camille Thermes - July 18th, 2017 

Les Ailes d'I Ka

Le Figaroscope

"The choreographers Hubert Petit-Phar and Delphine Cammal bring us to their Mangrove trip a maze. The dancers advance with minimalism, yet carry us with endless delight in between dream and reality, white and black roots."

M.C, April 2013

Nuances #3

Le Figaro

“A moving and bewitching symbiosis between music and dancers.”

Thierry Hilleriteau, April 2011

“Nuances 3 is the encounter between Hubert Petit-Phar’s choreographic gesture and Jean-Luc Bernard’s live music alluring rhythm. It is synergistic… Music and body collapse and create a visual and sensory experience, in which the rhythm sets the tone while the body unveils meaning."

M. Provost,, January 2010


"During and after the performance, the imagination of the audience never sits still. On stage, the story travels and is carved in the audience’s mind."

Moje Miasto, July 2009 (Poland)

Vois où je vis


"Unadulterated, Hubert Petit-Phar dances his “See where I live”, with the sweet connivance with his dancer Delphine Cammal. The ubiquitous and enjoyable music keeps taking the audience further and further away from reality."

Sandrine Mailhaud, May 2008

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