Llámame Lola

When I first met Lola Rubio, the things that struck me about her were her Spanish accent, her hoarse voice, and her red hair. It was in 2002, in Montpellier. Her first name evokes a French film, and her last name the colour of her hair.
Since then, I have often seen her dance on stage. We have met several times. We have spent time together, just for fun, in different cities, eating cheesecake, and drinking late into the night.
She introduced me to Lucio, her 4-year-old son whom she is raising in Berlin on her own. He has her same milky white skin and could be a 1:4 scale model of his mother.

This project has been thought of as a choreographic portrait of Lola Rubio. Using her experience as a performer, we are expanding her relationship to the stage, most of which is usually hidden – the relationship to off-stage spaces, to the wings, to stage fright, and to preparation. The goal is to reveal her most hidden aspects as well as everything responsible for the singularity of her personal path.

Above all else, this path traces the portrait of a complex woman. It conjures up memories from her childhood, when she would watch her mother dance at weddings, the last time she took a bow on stage, the dance she had the most fun performing, and so on.

On stage, Lola Rubio shows us her back, inversing the front and the rear of the stage, like a projection space in order to reveal an underside. This also allows her to share what she is experiencing on stage.

“No me llames Dolores, Llamame Lola” (title of a Concha Piquer song)

— Mickaël Phelippeau


The premiere took place in October 2015 at l'Echangeur - CDC Picardie, during "C'est comme ça !" festival

choreographic piece by Mickaël Phelippeau

artistic collaboration and performance Lola Rubio

light designSéverine Rième

tanks to Lucio Rubio, Arantxa Martinez & Sonia Noya


executive producer association bi-p

coproduction Théâtre Brétigny, scène conventionnée / fabrik Potsdam (DE) dans le cadre du programme ÉTAPE DANSE, initié par l’Institut Francais Deutschland - Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse et fabrik Potsdam, avec l’aide du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication-DGCA, de la SACD et de la ville de Potsdam / Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie / Uzès Danse, CDC de l’Uzège, du Gard et du Languedoc Roussillon / L’échangeur, CDC Hauts-de-France (FR) / Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie (FR), dans le cadre de l’accueil studio.

Residency Bureau du Théâtre et de la danse – Berlin (DE), Fabrikpotsdam – Potsdam (DE), dans le cadre du dispositif Etape Danse de l’Institut Français, Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie, dans le cadre du dispositif départemental « Un artiste un collège », Centre chorégraphique national de Tours / Direction Thomas Lebrun Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie (FR), dans le cadre de l’accueil studio.

photo credit : Mickaël Phelippeau

Création 2015

2015
L'Echangeur, CDC Hauts-de-France - Festival C'est comme ça, Château-Thierry - création
Théâtre Brétigny, scène conventionnée, FR

2016
Fabrik Potsdam - Made in Postdam, DE
Maison de la Musique de Nanterre, FR
Théâtre Louis Aragon, scène conventionnée danse de Tremblay-en-France, FR
Uzès Danse, Uzès, FR

2017
Le Merlan, scène nationale à Marseille, FR