What comes after our soul leaves our body? There are many answers. Black Sands is aiming to give a glimpse of a very personal one...

Humans transcend from life to death and to life again. This infinite cycle is mirrored in the location where stone became fire that hit the water to become stone again. This circle, happening every couple of centuries and having shaped the whole landscape, is mirrored by the eternal circular motion of the waves shaping the stones back to sand, back to land, that can melt again one day.

In Black Sands the water is the element that brings souls from the earth to the universe, like the water in the womb nourishing the baby until the forceful act of birth. The water of the sea is a symbolic element for the transition of life on earth to the After-Life. An liminal phase, painful, frightening and unfamiliar. Black Sands sheds light on the difficulty of letting go, accepting to leave earth to rebirth and returning to a universal community. Finally, the transcending soul arrives in this world where all beings recognize each other as part of the same.


Our biggest challenge as filmmakers is to capture the invisible and powerful energy that a body emanates. We use the language of dance because we see it as an expression of our most hidden emotions, may it be fear, joy, love or anger. This language fascinates because it doesn’t need words, moving beyond pure intellect. As Martha Graham beautifully articulates: 'Dance is the hidden language of the soul'.


Black sands is a short dance film directed by Juliette Clara Bertoldo

with the support of the Engelberts Foundation and the Commune of Grand-Saconnex.

Duration: 9 min

Dancer: Claire-Marie Ricarte

Cinematography: Julian Grünthal

Music: Sarah Temstet