BabilSolo from the Scarecrow Cycle
In the wake of solo Des Taureaux dans la tête, babil is the third piece of The Scarecrow Cycle, a series dedicated to this emblematic figure. The series includes solos Fidèle à l'éclair (Claudio Stellato), havran (Jaro Vinarsky) and babil (Eric Domeneghetty), trio Humus vertebra (Eric Domeneghetty, Claudio Stellato, Jaro Vinarsky) that gathers all three figures in one piece, as well as solo Benedetto Pacifico (Guillermo Weickert Molina) that was created in 2011.
The scarecrow figure
A poet of ancient times who reigns at the crossroad of fields, the scarecrow is difficult to describe: for Karine Ponties, it is both a touching and contradictory figure, like a lonely soldier who's never actually scared anyone. This vertical being is a man’s double, the self-portrait of a being that keeps its own name under silence. A being left to its own devices, a being in full release.
From their first to their last steps, all that humans try to do is to keep standing. From the ground to their backbone, verticality as a principle but also as a question.
Karine Ponties was born in France in 1967. She started training in dance at the Juan Tena and Ramon Soler dance schools in Barcelona, and then went on to graduate from Mudra, Maurice Bejart’s school in Brussels, in 1986.
As a performer, she worked with several companies, most notably with Frédéric Flamand, Michèle Noiret, Nicole Mossoux / Patrick Bonté and Pierre Droulers, in addition to founding Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties in 1995. In 1996 the company premiered at Théâtre Le Public in Brussels with solo Planta Baja, and shortly thereafter Karine Ponties was selected for the 4th Edition of Les Pépinières européennes for young artists.
In her over 20 years of choreographing for the company, she has created over forty pieces including commissions from the Helsinki Theater Dance Department, Lod in Ghent, the D.C.M. Foundation in Bucharest, Montréal Danse, La Petite Fabrique in Paris, Transdance Europe 03-06 and the Moscow Ballet. She was one of seven European choreographers selected to participate in the EU-Russian contemporary dance project, Intradance (2010). In that context, she choreographed Mirliflor, which was awarded the 2011 Golden Mask (National Theatre Award in Russia) for the best contemporary dance performance. The attention garnered around her work at this time later led to her collaboration with the contemporary section of the Moscow Ballet for piece "Every Direction is North", which was awarder the 2017 Golden Mask for best contemporary dance performance.
Ponties’ award-winning collaborations with visual artist Thierry Van Hasselt (Brutalis 2002, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques [SACD] choreographic prize; and Holeulone, 2007 best dance performance at the French-speaking Belgian Critics' Awards) highlight the company’s commitment to interdisciplinary exploration.
Other collaborations include composer Jan Kuijken and Lod (Les Taroupes 2000, Capture d’un caillot 2001, Brutalis 2002); composer Dominique Pauwels and Lod (Le Chant d’amour du grand singe 2005, Mi non Sabir 2004, Desirabilis 2004, Holeulone 2006, Boreas 2007), visual artist Lawrence Malstaf (Boreas 2007) and visual artist and illustrator Stefano Ricci (the Scarecrow Cycle 2008-2011, gathering babil, havran, Fidèle à l’éclair, Benedetto Pacifico and Humus vertebra).
She most recently collaborated with Czech dancer Tereza Ondrová (Best Czech Dancer 2014 and 2019) and theatre director Petra Tejnorová on duo Same Same, which was awarded the Special Jury Mention at the 2019 Czech Dance Platform.
Known for works with a flair for the absurd, exploring intimacy and interlacing relationships, Ponties' choreographies have toured nationally and internationally, notably at the Festival de la Cité (Lausanne), Tanec Praha (Prague), Julidans Theatre Bellevue (Amsterdam), Szene Festival (Salzburg), Dublin Fringe Festival, Centre Culturel Wallonie-Bruxelles (Paris), Neuer Tanz Festival (Freiburg), Dansstationen (Malmö), City Theater Reykjavik (Iceland), Plesni Theater (Ljubljana), Les Hivernales d’Avignon, Les Brigittines (Brussels), Agora de la danse (Montreal), O Espaço do Tempo (Portugal), Pavillon Noir – National Choreographic Center of Aix-en-Provence, One Yellow Rabbit Festival (Calgary), Théâtre des Salins – Scène Nationale (Martigues), Festival de Marseille (France), International Dance Festival of Cochabamba (Bolivia), National Theatre of Korea (Seoul), National Choreographic Center of Orléans, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Mimos Festival (Périgueux), Uzès Danse, Kaaitheater (Brussels), Dance New Amsterdam (New York), Festival de Otoño (Madrid), Dance Week Festival (Zagreb), Vooruit (Ghent), Théâtre de la Cité (Paris).
Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties
Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties is a Belgian contemporary dance company directed by choreographer and performer Karine Ponties. Founded in Brussels (Belgium) in 1996, Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties is supported by the Belgian Ministry of Culture at Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service Danse, as well as by Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse and Wallonie Bruxelles International. The company's office is kindly hosted at Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles.
Find out more : http://www.damedepic.be/
Artistic direction / Conception : Karine Ponties
Choreography : Karine Ponties
Interpretation : Eric Domeneghetty
Text : Eric Domeneghetty
Original music : David Monceau
Lights : Julie Petit-Etienne
Costumes : Samuel Dronet
Technical direction : Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Une production Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties, en coproduction avec le Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux, CDC/ Biennale nationale du Val de Marne, avec l’aide du Ministère de la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service danse, de Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse.
Duration : 20 minutes