Pavillon Noir

A film by Pierre Coulibeuf

Adapted from a special creation by Angelin Preljocaj
Actors Craig Dawson, Sergio Diaz, Céline Galli
Thomas Michaux, Lorena O’Neill
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Nagisa Shirai
And the participation of Angelin Preljocaj
Director of photography Marie Spencer
Sound engineer Jérôme Ayasse
Editor Thierry Rouden
Music Sam Rivers, Noël Akchoté, Tony Hymas,
Paul Rogers, Jacques Thollot “Configuration”(Nato)
Producer Chantal Delanoë
Coproduction Regards Productions (France),
Fine Arts Unternehmen (Switzerland)
With Cityzen Télévision, Images Plus, Centre National
de la Cinématographie, Ministère des Affaires
étrangères, Ministère de la Culture et de la
Communication-Direction de l’Architecture et du
Patrimoine, Centre Pompidou, Procirep-Société des
Producteurs, Angoa, Communauté du Pays d’Aix
Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Programme MEDIA
de l’Union européenne
Support of Ballet Preljocaj
Format 35 mm couleur (frame : 1.37)
Sound Dolby SR
Original language French
Running time 24 minutes
Year 2006
Photogrammes Pierre Coulibeuf



Parodic fiction by Pierre Coulibeuf based on choreographic proposals by Angelin Preljocaj. The seven characters who move in the architecture of Rudy Ricciotti’s Pavillon Noir break shamelessly with the codes of choreography and cinema: contamination, overflow, distance, – fiction tests reality.


The film PAVILLON NOIR is part of a cross-disciplinary project that, in this case, brings together architecture, choreography and cinema. The work aims to create a space “on the border” (of artistic disciplines and categories as well as of genres of the moving image), exactly where the individuals and things transform themselves, change their status, their identity. As a double or an mirrored image of reality. The disinclination becomes their main characteristic. This other reality is made at times visible by obscure forces in the individual: the drive world causes brusque disturbances to reality, multiple incidents, abrupt breaks of the narrative’s flow. The film’s reality is at the same time strange and familiar. Like little “demons”, the characters parody with drive the fictional stereotypes of cinema or films for the television.

Film Festivals (selection)

Film Festivals (selection)

29ème Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand – Compétition nationale Fiction (2007)

16ème Festival Côté Court, Pantin, France – Compétition Fiction (2007)

Shorts-Courts-Kurz, Washington DC, United States (2007)

19ème Image Forum Festival-Experimental Film/Video, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Niigata, Sapporo, Japan – International Program (2007)

60ème Festival international du Film de Locarno, Switzerland – Section Play Forward (2007)

12ème BIM/Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Genève, Switzerland (2007)

1er FIAAP – Internacional Audiovisual Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (2008) – Fiction Prize

18ème Invideo Festival, Milano, Italie (2008)

Rencontres internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid, France, Germany, Spain (2008-2009)

1er Off and Free Experimental Film Festival, Séoul, South Korea (2009)



The Pavillon Noir, a radical, openwork concrete structure designed by Rudy Ricciotti for the Ballet Preljocaj in Aix-en-Provence, is on its way to becoming an icon of contemporary architecture.To render it, Angelin Preljocaj and filmmaker-visual artist Pierre Coulibeuf imagined choreographic sequences that explore the different spaces.

This unique book blends stills from the film and pages of the interview on black paper cut out in three horzontal strips, blending the voices of the choreographer and the architect with that of writer Eric Reinhardt, philosopher Jeanne Dautrey and astrophysicist Michel Cassé.

Editions Xavier Barral – 2006