“Ustium” deals with the struggles of multiple states of consciousness. The existentialism theory of Jean-Paul Sartre inspires this body of work, developed in “Huis Clos.”
Three men, three souls, one place.
Behind closed doors, this game of “mirrors” reflects our diverse world—tackling the notions of inferno, an intersubjective hell, an “Inferno” that mirrors humankind drifting through society. This work, dealing with isolation, intends to highlight the questions about masculinity in the Antilles, the representation of the Black body, its stigmatizations, and prejudices. Homosexuality in the Antilles is hidden. Verbal and physical abuse are tenets of modern Caribbean society. Everything is a facade linked to the construction of our community through relationships of domination and submission.
This research piece feeds from testimonies of secret lives.
The dancers evolve from a study of LGBT dances through a musical shift to reveal/unveil ambiguity through their performance. Waacking, Voguing, Heels dancing, Hip-hop, mixed with Chevalier Saint Georges, Delgrès, and Moun de Rivel to get rid of rejection, of rage in chiaroscuro to dive into smothering yet freeing underground venues. We wait for a dream; it’s an airlock where we question freedom of choice—fatalism, determinism, humanism; the choreographer questions the relationship between ourselves and the others.
Hubert Petit-Phar opens a new cycle of research through this creation. This work comes from literature, death, freedom, and the meaning that humankind gives to our lives.