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Dame de Pic 20th anniversary November 9th to 19th 2016 Brussels

This year, Karine Ponties is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her company Dame de Pic. 20 years on the roads, meeting people, sharing, exploring, questioning... To celebrate, we’ve planned several events with long-time partners of the company. We started in January 2016 at Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris for Festival On y Danse. In May, we performed Karine’s last solo Hero% at Tanec Praha Festival. The show was followed by a series of Cartes Blanches offered to Czech and Slovak artists who have collaborated with Karine Ponties. In October, Dame de Pic will go back East for two weeks of a Slovak tour with the awardwinning show Holeulone, in collaboration with SKOK!. In November, we’re collaborating with Les Brigittines and Théâtre de la Vie for an event in Brussels. We’ll present two shows (Hero% and Luciola), two series of Cartes Blanches, two short-films produced for the anniversary, some music and illustrations, all wrapped up in an anniversary box-set. And since 2016 wasn’t long enough, we’ll continue to celebrate in March 2017! This time, it’s Nathalie Huerta, Director of Théâtre Jean Vilar in Vitry-sur-Seine, who offered a Carte Blanche to Karine Ponties. Five shows and the anniversary short-films will be presented alongside the Biennale du Val de Marne. We look forward to celebrate this anniversary with you!



The Cartes Blanches...……………………………………………………………………...p.04 The Short Films…………………………………………………………...………….…….p.04 The Anniversary Box Set…………………………………………….……………………..p.05 The Dance Pieces...…………………………...…………………………………………….p.06 Agenda..…………………………………………………………………………………….p.08 Biography..……………………………….……………………………………………...….p.09 Karine Ponties as seen by………………...…..…………………………………………….p.10 Repertoire of the company….……………………...……………………………………....p.11 Thanks to…….…………………………………………………………………………......p.12

Illustrations from the anniversary box set. Credits (from left to right, top to bottom): Stephan Zsaitsits, Jan Svankmajer, Stefano Ricci, Beatrice Alemagna, Marie Gourdain, Thierry Van Hasselt, Michael Sowa, Roland Devolder, Eric Domeneghetty. 3

Celebrating 20 years of Dame de Pic, yes, but how? How can we share 20 years of creation, of artistic research, of touring and encounters? How can we approach this rich past, without nostalgia, and use this anniversary as an opportunity to look upon the work with a fresh perspective, and reaffirm the desire to go forward, again and always? Karine Ponties has chosen to spread the 20th anniversary of Dame de Pic in different countries, formats and mediums, like she’s always done in her work... Not only to present pieces of the repertoire, but also to put forward performers, share her passion for illustration and hand-made animation, and offer young artists an opportunity to create. The CARTES BLANCHES Karine Ponties has had the chance and pleasure to work with incredible performers, who have become road companions and friends. For the 20th anniversary of the company, she wanted to put forward these personalities by offering them a Carte Blanche: 5 to 10 minutes in a free format (movement, music, video); each of them brings a specific intention, echoing or not their work with the company. The idea is to propose a light and festive moment for the audience, while letting them catch a glimpse of the characters that have shared the stage with Karine. November 9th & 10th at Les Brigittines: Cécile Loyer (FR), Ricardo Machado (PT), Anna Reti (HU), Claudio Stellato (BE), Jaro Vinarsky (SK), Guillermo Weickert (ES). November 18th & 19th at Théâtre de la Vie: Ares D’Angelo (BE), Eric Domeneghetty (BE), Mauro Paccagnella (BE), Shantala Pepe (BE), Vilma Pitrinaite (LT). The SHORT-FILMS To look upon these twenty years of creation, Karine Ponties has collaborated with two young artists and film directors. She’s let them take possession of the choreographic material to create their own dance short-film. The first one comes from an unlikely encounter with Yoann Stehr, who’s also a fan of handmade animation, shares many artistic references with Karine, and actually directed a shortfilm that she used during her research for Hero%. Following her instinct, she trusted him to create a portrait of the company. For the second film Wilkie Branson has worked with archive footage of the shows to create a short-film like a journey through Karine’s work, with great energy and emotion, powerful yet delicate.


The ANNIVERSARY BOX SET To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dame de Pic, Karine Ponties wanted to share with the public and professionals a journey through her work, in all its diversity. It has taken the form of a box-set edited in 500 copies with: -

a series of prints that have been sources of inspiration


a CD of David Monceau’s original music written for Dame de Pic


two films by young film makers: • a company portrait by Yoann Stehr • a film based on archive footage of the shows by Wilkie Branson


a booklet with the repertoire of the pieces, extracts of Karine’s personal “archivecollage-sensations”, the partners, coproducers and artistic collaborators of Dame de Pic

Among the illustrators Stephan Zsaitsits, Jan Svankmajer, Stefano Ricci, Beatrice Alemagna, Marie Gourdain, Thierry Van Hasselt, Roland Devolder, Yuri Norstein, Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin, Vladmir Kokolia.


The SHOWS HERO% Production 2015 - solo - 60 minutes The hero embodies the excessiveness of human hope, the belief in our potential to reconcile with the clumsiness of the human condition. A figure that changes, expands, shifts or constrains the relation of the body to daily life.

©Andrea Messana

The hero never gives up, and doesn’t have any other way than being his own character. He goes on a frantic race, above and beyond, having to endorse the roles of man and hero, alone in this absurd, dramatic and fantastic adventure.

Conception David Monceau & Karine Ponties Choreography Karine Ponties Performer Eric Domeneghetty Light design and artistic collaboration Guillaume Fromentin Original music David Monceau Set design Raphaël Rubbens Video editing Jean Marc Amé Stage manager Pier Gallen Production Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties Coproduction Théâtre de la Vie, Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène Nationale de Vandoeuvre les Nancy, Théâtre d’Esch/Luxembourg With the support of Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Service de la Danse, du Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry sur Seine et du CDN de Thionville-Lorraine.

LUCIOLA Production 2013 – four dancers – 55 minutes

©JP Surles

The figure of the monster is being increasingly eradicated from our civilized world. And yet, modern man conceals terrible things beneath his smooth appearance. Luciola goes in search of the monster in man, pushing the most uncertain zones of the body to their extremes and releasing the animal where we least expect it. The chimera emerging from the depths of the imagination is nourished more by shadows than light; this choreography stalks it in a raw and radical manner in an attempt to expose the joy buried within tormented bodies, the laughter in the horrific.

Conception & choreography Karine Ponties Performers Ares D’Angelo, Eric Domeneghetty, Shantala Pèpe, Vilma Pitrinaite Text Eric Domeneghetty, Karine Ponties Light design and artistic collaboration Guillaume Fromentin Original music David Monceau Set design Wilfrid Roche Production Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties Coproduction La Briqueterie - CDC du Val de Marne (France), Les Brigittines (Belgique), Le Gymnase - CDC Roubaix Nord Pas de Calais (France) With the support of Ministère de la Culture de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Service de la Danse.


HOLEULONE Production 2006 for two dancers and animated ink – 60 minutes Best dance piece – Prix de la Critique 2007 Holeulone develops the bond between movement and images at the mercy of visions linked on the stage by the animated film by Thierry Van Hasselt. The piece delves into the mental, interior world of a troubled man, into the changing rhythms of his thoughts, his real and imaginary memories, the clarity and confusion of his perceptions. At one moment, his twin appears — a kind of interior historian so similar to himself that he becomes unbearable… ©Thierry Van Hasslet & Wilfrid Roche

Conception & choreography Karine Ponties Performers Eric Domeneghetty, Jaro Vinarsky Artistic collaboration and animated film Thierry Van Hasselt Light design Florence Richard Original music Dominique Pauwels Set design Wilfrid Roche Text Mylène Lauzon et Eric Domeneghetty Technical direction Guillaume Fromentin Production Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties Coproduction Théâtre Les Tanneurs, LOD, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, l'Echangeur de Fère-en-Tardenois, le 3 bis f., Ponec Divadlo With the support of Les Brigittines et le soutien du Ministère de la Culture de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Service de la Danse et de Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

BABIL, HAVRAN, BENEDETTO PACIFICO Solos of 20 minutes – The Scarecrow Cycle For me, a scarecrow is both a touching and contradictory figure, a lonely soldier of terror who has never scared anyone. He belongs to the imagination. This vertical being is man’s double, a self-portrait that does not speak its name, a no entry sign, and a protester who opens his arms to us when he is not hanged, crucified or bound.

©Guillaume Fromentin

Giving life to a scarecrow is to become alive again, to revive, reconstruct, and to relearn. Trying to reach that place where the dual movement of vertical falling and elevation is produced, a contradiction vital to a living being.

Conception & choreography Karine Ponties Performers Eric Domeneghetty, Jaro Vinarsky, Guillermo Weickert Original music David Monceau Light designs Florence Richard, Julie Petit Etienne, Guillaume Fromentin Production Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties Coproduction Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux, CDC/ Biennale nationale du Val de Marne, CCN d’Orléans O Espaço do Tempo de Montemor-O-Novo


AGENDA The 20th anniversary of Dame de Pic are celebrated in Brussels... • November 9th & 10th 2016 at Les Brigittines During these two evenings, the company will present Luciola, piece of the repertoire nominated at the Prix de la Critique 2013. Following the show, six Cartes Blanches offered to performers of the company will be presented: Cécile Loyer (FR), Ricardo Machado (PT), Anna Reti (HU), Claudio Stellato (BE), Jaro Vinarsky (SK), Guillermo Weickert (ES). The two short-films by Yoann Stehr and Wilkie Branson will also be screened, as extracts of the anniversary box set. • November 15th to 19th 2016 at Théâtre de la Vie A week long frantic race for Hero%, 2015 production of the company. On November 18th & 19th five performers will come and join the stage for another series of Cartes Blanches: Ares D’Angelo (BE), Eric Domeneghetty (BE), Mauro Paccagnella(BE), Shantala Pèpe (BE), Vilma Pitrinaite (LT). To be noted: Thursday November 17th, the show will be presented in the afternoon for a school audience – no show in the evening! … and resonate abroad • January 19th & 20th 2016 at Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris Two shows of Hero% and an open discussion moderated by Sonia Schoonejans. • May 31st & June 3rd 2016 at Tanec Praha Festival Two shows of Hero% followed by a series of Cartes Blanches offered to Czech and Slovak artists who have collaborated with Karine Ponties over the years: Tomaš Moravek et Jaro Viňarský, Marie Gourdain, Zuzana Režna, Florent Golfier, Lukaš Karasek, Pierre Nadaud et Pavla Beranova. • November 6th to 14th in Slovakia Holeulone is finally coming to Slovakia: 6th and 7th at Stanica (Zilina), 11th at Tabacka Kulturfabrik (Kosice), 13th and 14th at Zahrada (Banska Bystrica). • March 7th to 12th 2017 at Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry sur Seine Nathalie Huerta is offering a week-long Carte Blanche to Karine Ponties: five pieces from the repertoire, the short-films produced for the 20th anniversary of the company and the box-set will be presented alongside the Biennale of contemporary Dance of Val de Marne.


BIOGRAPHY Artistic director of Dame de Pic, choreographer and performer, Karine Ponties has created close to forty pieces including Mirliflor (Golden Mask - Best Dance Piece - Russia), Holeulone (Best Dance Piece – Prix de la Critique, Belgium) and Brutalis (SACD Prize). Her work is characterised by a flair for the absurd, exploring intimacy and interlacing relationships.

Awards • • • • • • • •

Pastime Paradise : Nominated at Golden Mask 2016 (Russia) Luciola: Nominated at Prix de la Critique 2013 (Belgium) Mirliflor : Golden Mask 2011 – Best Dance Piece (Russia) havran et Fidèle à l’éclair : Mimos Prize 2009 (France) Holeulone : Special Distinction at Festival Mimos 2008 (France) Holeulone : Best Dance Piece 2007 at Prix de la Critique (Belgium) Mi non Sabir : Audience Prize at Tanec Praha Festival 2005 (Czech Rep.) Brutalis : SACD Prize 2002 (France)

What the press says « Dance by choreographer Karine Ponties rejects gratuitous aesthetics and heightens often bizarre stories without colouring them too heavily. Certainly an expedition to be undertaken refuting all clichés. » Rosita Boisseau – Télérama « (…) Solid, sober and irresistible physical theatre, with a strong physical language and a contagious good mood (…) with a finesse aiming straight into the heart of the audience » Johanne Tramblay – « (…) an impressive technical achievement and a rare sensitivity » Marie-Gaëlle Breton – Les saisons de la danse « (…) to guess, to feel, more than to understand » Marie Baudet – La Libre Belgique


KARINE PONTIES AS SEEN BY… …Nathalie Huerta, director of Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry sur Seine When I discovered the choreographic language of Karine, I was surprised by its energy and its strength, the physical commitment of her performers, her vision of the world, both terrible, tender, full of humour and with a dose of exhilarating folly. Then I met the artist, the woman, French but having lived many years in Spain, settled in Belgium and working across the world in Russia, Asia, Latin America. I shared her openmindedness, her ability to produce transformation, her impatience to create, her evident humanity. … Patrick Bonté, director of Les Brigittines How to tackle or even describe Karine on stage? Before even perceiving her as the dancer or choreographer, she’s a being, a figure that appears in front of us – rather perhaps emerging from the depths of our consciousness? First, there is the rightly bizarre insect, Ponties, of the Luciphore Species, with retractable elytra. It glides backwards, it intersects itself and “it” becomes many, it is elusive, deformed yet extremely put together. Then there is the landscape-woman who carries the world on her head, a towering woman with unruly locks, an unkempt memory that bad-weather dreams have unravelled ...Landscape of splinters, of femurs and skin that is revealed, lies down, tears, folds back on itself with a grace that astounds the eye There is also the scarecrow, or rather the scarecrow-ess: a contradictory and moving figure, since the fear it is meant to inspire suggests, above all, incompleteness, wisps of defeated straw, never pulled together. At the heart of these metamorphoses, Karine is not alone… she has her accomplices… Individuals in constant search of a loss of equilibrium: accepting that vertigo begins on the ground, on terra firma. Sentinels of an over-inhabited desert where nobody lives, their heads like fists upon their bodies. They keep watch, suspicious, discreet, and slightly dark. They await the worst, vigilant, avoiding one another, fleeing, and confronting without action. They correct each other; keep each other in perspective; complete one another in untiring embraces. Dubious as to their real presence… They beautifully blend their differences, to search for accomplices ...everything is ruined, and everything must begin again, at that moment, without drama. It’s undoubtedly this perplexity that brings charm to their interactions. And Karine navigates this field, which becomes choreographic, with bravado and humour, extremely at ease in the entanglement of composition and action. The dancers are as much captivating personalities as strangely moving, wandering through a universe coloured by surrealist yet familiar tonality. Something like a Slavic fantasy often permeates the group, a freed spleen that never utters its name, a sensitive precision of gesture that captures the extravagance of their demeanour. The words and sentences that compose the poetry of new beginnings and the beauty of human body.


REPERTOIRE OF THE COMPANY 1995 1995 1996 1998 1999 1999 2000 2000 2000 2001 2001 2002 2004 2004 2004 2005 2006 2006 2006 2007 2008 2008 2008 2009 2010 2010 2010 2010 2011 2012 2013 2013 2014 2014 2014 2014 2015 2015 2016

Planta Baja Vecinas (with the Dance Department Helsinki for the 4th Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes) Dame de Pic Sentinelele naftalina (with D.C.M. Fondation de Bucarest) Negatovas Glabelle (for the event “Bruxelles 2000”) Glabelle Duo (for the event “Bruxelles 2000”) Les Taroupes (for the event “Bruxelles 2000”) Brucelles (for the event “Bruxelles 2000”) Capture d’un caillot Scheggia (for Dance Connect, a projet of Dance City Newcastle) Brutalis Desirabilis (with Montréal Danse) Fatima Gate (with Lod and Nathalie Elghoul) Mi non sabir (for the EU-project “Trans Danse Europe”) Le Chant d’amour du grand singe Phébus et Borée (projet « Les Fables à la Fontaine » at la Petite Fabrique) Des taureaux dans la tête Holeulone Boreas (with Lod) Scarecrow Cycle – Fidèle à l’éclair Louis et nous (for the neighbourhood project of Théâtre Les Tanneurs) Scarecrow Cycle – havran Scarecrow Cycle – Humus vertebra Scarecrow Cycle – babil Absentia (for « Pagina Bianca » de Daniela Lucà) Mirliflor (for the EUNIC project “Intradance”) Tuco (with Companhia Instável) Scarecrow Cycle – Benedetto Pacifico Lamali Lokta Luciola Pisum sativum (for the educational program at JAMU, CZ) SOI Tyran(s) (for the EU-project “Métamorphoses”) La tour des vents (with Vietnam National Oper & Balet) Pastime Paradise (with Dialogue Dance) HERO% Sur le Rivage (with Vietnam National Oper & Balet) Everything is North (for Balet Moskwa)


THANKS TO I would like to thank all the partners who have supported me across these twenty years for their trust and their friendship; the performers and artistic collaborators for their commitment and their loyalty; the five managers for their precious support. I would like to thank the institutional partners of the company: Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Wallonie Bruxelles International and Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse. Finally, I would like to address special thanks to the partners of this 20th anniversary of Dame de Pic: Les Brigittines – direction Patrick Bonté Centre Wallonie Bruxelles Paris – direction Anne Lenoir Festival Tanec Praha – direction Yvonna Kreuzmannova et Marketa Perroud SKOK ! – direction Jaro Vinarsky Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry sur Seine – direction Nathalie Huerta Théâtre de la Vie – direction Peggy Thomas Karine Ponties, august 2016.

Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Service de la Danse. It receives regular support from Wallonie Bruxelles International and Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse. The company is on administrative residency at Théâtre Les Tanneurs in Brussels. Contact : Rachel Goldenberg by email or by phone 0032.494.68.94.30. To send us some mail, write to Dame de Pic asbl c/o Théâtre les Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 77 – 1000 Bruxelles. More information and videos on &


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