Corps noir



Corps noir is a raw immersion in intimacy. The human body staged in a mad collection of props and objects representing a variety of textures, resonant materials, images and voices, like so many metaphors of identity relayed by a state-of-the-art technology that allows for superimposing, embedding, and fusing. This bazaar of the subconscious and of memory presents the reassembled, disjointed or dislocated pieces of a fictitious self that lies somewhere between solid and liquid, frosted screens, ice and water, warmth and cold, obtuseness and transparency. The human body is dragged in to be soaked, soiled, and absorbed…and joins the fray fighting, penetrating, but also embracing. And radiating. In this work,the artist chooses to become the medium of the message, to expose his inner self and to produce an exploded self-portrait based on the complexity of a star-studded identity and the phantasmagorical constructions of the psyche.


  • Tangente (Montreal)
  • Mois Multi - Recto-Verso (Quebec)
  • Danse à Lille - Les Repérages - Le Gymnase (Roubaix, France)
  • Théâtre 140 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Théâtre La Chapelle (Montreal)
  • New Territories Festival (Glasgow, Scotland)


  • Conception, video, performer: Stéphane Gladyszewski
  • Dancers: Stéphane Gladyszewski, Elizabeth Emberly
  • Project assistant and projectionist: Justine Ricard
  • Sound design: Jean Sébastien Durocher
  • Programmer: Alexandre Burton
  • Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan
  • Artistic consultants: Marie Stéphane Ledoux, Julie Andrée Tremblay

With the support of Tangente, Agora de la danse, Danse à Lille, Daniel Léveillé Danse, Cirque du Soleil, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ), Canada Art Council (CAC).


Thermal video projecting system, argile, frozen cotton blanket, glowing grapefruit, aquarium, ice, fabric screen, sculpture Vertebra.

Glowing grapefruit.
Glowing grapefruit.