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

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 Disc………………………………………………............…………...………….…….p.04
The Anniversary Box Set…………………………………………….……………………..p.05
The Dance Pieces...…………………………...…………………………………………….p.06
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

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.
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
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).
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.
Other look, other format. After 8 years of collaboration and 14 productions, David
Monceau proposes a journey through his compositions for Dame de Pic in 14 steps, one for
each piece he worked on.


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

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.


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.
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
©Andrea Messana

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.

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.


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.

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
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


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.


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.


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


…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
… 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



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)
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)
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
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
Pisum sativum (for the educational program at JAMU, CZ)
Tyran(s) (for the EU-project “Métamorphoses”)
La tour des vents (with Vietnam National Oper & Balet)
Pastime Paradise (with Dialogue Dance)
Sur le Rivage (with Vietnam National Oper & Balet)
Everything is North (for Balet Moskwa)


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


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